Written by 11:00 am 2019, Food and Drink, Staff's Picks, Summer

15 Can’t-Miss Vineyards in the Blue Ridge

Banner Elk Winery & Villa
Banner Elk, NC
Banner Elk Winery & Villa is a jewel of the North Carolina High Country, in an idyllic setting with luxurious accommodations for discerning travelers. Go for a tasting or tour, or stay for a week at The Villa. bannerelkwinery.com

Biltmore Estate Winery
Asheville, NC
Positioned in the Blue Ridge Mountains in Asheville on The Estate’s 8,000 acre property lies America’s Most Visited winery. Biltmore’s exclusive Vine to Wine Vineyard Tour & Tasting combines an excursion over the river to the breathtaking vineyards on the rarely seen west side of Biltmore. biltmore.com/wine

Chateau Morrisette
Floyd, VA
Chateau Morrisette is Southwest Virginia’s premier destination for award-winning wine and refined rustic dining. The winery produces sweet, semisweet, fruit, and premium Virginia varietal wines, while the restaurant offers fresh and delicious New American cuisine with nationally noted 50 mile views of the Blue Ridge. thedogs.com

Ducard Vineyards
Etlan, VA
A boutique winery in a majestic mountainside setting bordering Shenandoah National Park (Madison County). Voted #1 on Trip Advisor for Central Virginia and cited as Virginia’s Greenest Winery, DuCard offers fun and informative tastings. A truly authentic experience. Dog friendly, with music on the patio or other special events every weekend. ducardvineyards.com

Equus Run Vineyards

Equus Run Vineyards 
Midway, KY
Equus Run Vineyards is nestled on 35 acres in the heart of central Kentucky’s Bluegrass Region and was voted by CNN Travel as a Must See Hidden Treasure of the United States. equusrunvineyards.com

Lazy Days Winery
Amherst, VA
Kick off the start of summer at the 11th Annual Virginia Summer Solstice Wine Festival on June 22 from 11-6pm at Lazy Day Winery. Celebrate great wines from local Virginia wineries, live music on two stages, festival foods, craft vendors, belly dancers, petting zoo and more! lazydayswinery.com

Linganore Winecellars
Mt. Airy, MD
Producing over 30 wines, this family operated vineyard and winery nestled on 230 acres of picturesque rolling countrysides. In addition to producing award-winning wine, they are leading the way in sustainable practices. Visit their tasting room and find Maryland Wine for every taste and occasion. linganorewines.com

Muse Vineyards
Woodstock, VA
Muse Vineyards is a boutique vineyard in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley where art, science, passion, and reverence for the tradition of classic winemaking converge to produce award-winning wine. Visit their tasting room then explore their new 1.8 Mile self-guided wine trail. musevineyards.com

Pippin Hill

Pippin Hill
North Garden, VA
Pippin Hill Farm is envisioned as a fresh interpretation of the classic winery through the expertise of a collaboration of artisans, winemakers, local farm producers, and event designers. Their Tasting Room and Vintner’s Table are central to the Pippin Hill experience. They welcome guests to enjoy the estate wines while savoring Virginia’s most exciting cuisine (and view). pippinhillfarm.com

Prince Michel Vineyard & Winery
Madison, VA
One of Virginia’s oldest and most premier wineries. Known for premium dry Prince Michel wines and Rapidan River sweet wines. Located 10 minutes south of Culpeper, this is your stop for fine wines, the best gift shop within 50 miles, lunch on weekends, and music every Saturday. princemichel.com

Shelton Vineyards
Dobson, NC
Shelton Vineyards’ belief is that fine wine begins in the vineyard. The location, in the heart of North Carolina’s Yadkin Valley, provides the ideal climate and soil conditions. Shelton Vineyards’ commitment to sustainable farming practices and hands-on attention enables the vineyard to produce the highest possible quality of grapes. sheltonvineyards.com

Stanburn Winery
Stuart, VA
Since 1999, the Stanley family has owned and operated a 20-acre vineyard in rural Patrick County, Virginia. They nurture Chardonnay, Traminette, Cabernet Franc, Vidal Blanc, Chambourcin, Barbera, and now Petit Verdot. They offer 12 wines with eight being dry, two semi-sweet, and two sweet, winning three silver and two bronze medals in the 2019 Virginia Governor’s Cup. stanburn.com

Toasted Goat 
Frostburg, MD
Toasted Goat’s tasting room and restaurant located is in the Historic Hotel Gunter in downtown Frostburg, Maryland. They are one of Maryland’s newest wineries and they make a variety of wines from fun and fruity to big bold reds and hearty whites for everyone to enjoy. toastedgoatwinery.com

Veritas Vineyards and Winery
Veritas Vineyards and Winery

Veritas Vineyards and Winery
Afton, Virginia
A family-run vineyard and winery in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Their passion for wine-making and hospitality is evident in their outstanding wines, as well as their special events and elegant weddings. Veritas Vineyards and Winery began in 1999 when Andrew and Patricia Hodson planted five acres of grapes as a passion project. Over the past two decades, Veritas has grown to include over 50 acres of vineyards and has succeeded in consistently producing a range of complex and elegant wines. veritaswines.com

Williamsburg Winery
Williamsburg, VA
Located on the historic 300-acre Wessex Hundred farm, the Williamsburg Winery offers the opportunity to taste, dine, stay, and relax. Three different tasting options are available. Tours of the barrel cellar are offered daily. An extensive tour with reserve and library wine tasting is also available by advance reservation. williamsburgwinery.com

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