14 World-Class Wine Regions That Could Be In Your Own Backyard
Virginia is for wine lovers – even Thomas Jefferson was a Virginia wine lover. Virginia has over 4,000 acres under the vine, with eight distinct AVAs. From the Blue Ridge Mountains, Shenandoah Valley, and Chesapeake Bay to the eastern shores, growing regions vary widely across the state, allowing them to work successfully with a variety of grapes.
In Central Virginia, you can find the most number of wineries. Barboursville Vineyards makes beautiful, age-worthy Italian varietals, Blenheim Vineyards (owned by Dave Matthews) focuses on sustainable winemaking, Early Mountain Vineyards produces clean, vibrant low-intervention wines, go see some polo while tasting premium wines. range of King Family Vineyards, for French garage-style wines, Stinson Vineyards is the place to be, Veritas offers stunning sparkling wines and Lightwell Survey Winery is the place to go for funk and weirdness.
On the eastern shores, you can find The Williamsburg Winery, which offers great, hearty wines. Northern Virginia is home to Boxwood Winery, where you can find Bordeaux-style wines, or for a good temp, head to Breaux Vineyards. And Stone Tower Winery offers fine wines in an elegant setting. These are just a handful of what Virginia has to offer – there are approximately 300 wineries across the state! There is so much more to this fantastic region, where the backdrop to each tasting room is always stunning and the wine is equally enchanting.