The numerous Virginia wineries throughout the state offer a delightful time for wine lovers who want to travel a little. From Northern to Southern Virginia and East to West, Virginia has many wineries. Wine Trail Traveler has visited and written about many of these wineries that vary in size from boutique to castle-size. October is Virginia Wine Month and so now is a great time to visit and enjoy Virginia’s beautiful countryside. Virginia also has a few urban wineries that wine enthusiasts can visit.
Virginia Wine Facts
- Virginia has seven AVAs (American Viticultural Areas)
-George Washington Birthplace AVA
-The Monticello AVA
-The North Fork of Roanoke AVA
-The Rocky Knob AVA
-The Shenandoah Valley AVA
-Virginia’s Eastern Shore AVA
- Virginia has 260 wineries and is growing.
- Due to the different climates and soils in Virginia, wine growers are able to grow more than 20 different grape varieties.
- Discover white grape varieties such as: Albariño, Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Petit Manseng, Riesling, Rkatsiteli, Sauvignon Blanc, Seyval Blanc, Traminette, Vidal Blanc and Viognier.
Red wine lovers can look for Virginia wines produced with Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chambourcin, Malbec, Merlot, Bebbiolo, Norton, Petit Verdot, Pinotage, Pinot Noir, Syrah and Tannat.
- Virginia wine trails include:
-211 Scenic Vino Wine Trail
-Artisanal Wineries of Rappahannock
–Bedford Wine Trail
-Blue Ridge Whiskey Wine Loop (map)
–Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail
-Eastern Shore Wine Trail
-Fauquier County Wine Trail
–Foothills Scenic Wine Trail
–Heart of Virginia Wine Trail
-Loudoun’s DC Wine Country
–Monticello Wine Trail
–Mountain Road Wine Experience
-Nelson 151 Trail
–Shenandoah County Wine Trail
–Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail
-SoVA Wine Trail
–Wine Trail of Botetourt County
- When using social media to write about Virginia wines, use the hashtag #OctVAWineMonth
If you are looking for more details about a Virginia winery experience, check out the winery reviews on Wine Trail Traveler.