Having heard so much about Virginia’s reputation as the “Napa Valley of the East” where wine vineyards and Wineries produce wines that could compete with some of the best brands, I decided to see and judge for myself.
I decided to get a limo wine tour and booked with Presidential Limo Services and got their wine tasting tour package. Needless to say I had a great time going to all the top wineries and could say firsthand that Virginia is slowly but surely going to be one of the major players when it comes to wine production. The tour that went through the beautiful Virginian countryside was another unexpected bonus that made the trip highly memorable and enjoyable.
Here are some of the top wineries that I went to that I highly recommend to all:
A $5.00 fee is charged upon entrance and wine tasting starts 10am – 5pm, Mondays-Saturdays. In Sundays it starts 11am-5pm. Special occasions like Thanksgiving can have a pricier fee of $65.00 but that comes with a feast and of course, wine to enhance the flavors of food. Reservations are required if you want to spend Thanksgiving with them.
For $10.00 you get to enjoy the wines that come from 18 different grape varieties. The place is a huge 100 acre vineyard that has beautiful terraces with fantastic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Talk of the perfect ambiance for the perfect tasting wines, this winery has it! They are open daily 11am-6pm.
Sitting down on the terrace of Delaplane Cellars affords you a stunning view of neat rows of grape vine plants and the Lost Mountain beyond. They only allow 6 people per seating and their knolls are open for picnic lunches and pets are allowed as long as it is on a leash. Children under 21 are a big no-no. Tasting schedule is from 11am to 5pm, Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. Saturday tours are from 11am to 6pm. Fee charges are $6.00 Friday – Sunday and $8.00 Monday – Saturday.
The tasting fee depends on the number of wines that are offered. Typically it would be around the range of $4.00-$7.00. Food is not offered but bringing your own to complement with the wine tasting is allowed. The place is peaceful and the air is fresh enhancing the rural setting. Tours schedules are Wednesday-Saturday 11am-5pm. Sundays 12noon to 5pm.No more than 6 people can be accommodated per tour.
Aptly named after President Jefferson whose place is located nearby to this winery, and also for the fact that it was he was one who first started the wine industry of Virginia. The winery is located at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountain and if this is not stunning enough, the wines will surely make you come back for more! Tasting happens 7 days a week 10am-6pm for $10.00. Their huge outdoor lawn is available for picnic lunches and enjoyment of both wine and view.
There are still a lot of wineries and cellars that I haven’t had the time to visit but I’ve made a mental note to come back and experience all of them!