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Running across the middle of the Virginia’s border with North Carolina like its main east-west highway, Highway 58, this mostly rural and rolling landscape of farms and woodland takes visitors into the south-side Virginia version of small-town America. It’s an area rich in Revolutionary War, Civil War and Civil Rights heritage. You’ll find walking tours and small local museums in town after town – and gracious Southern hospitality everywhere. Kerr Lake (also known as Buggs Island Lake) is Virginia’s largest fresh water lake. Near Clarksville is Prestwould, the 18th Century plantation home of Sir Peyton Skipwith. In Danville to the west, you can visit Langhorne House, the home of Lady Astor; and farther west, Martinsville and its historic district and NASCAR speedway. Southern Virginia has a warm to temperate climate with good soil for winemaking in selected areas where the topography is ideal.In this area of Virginia along the North Carolina border, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, Syrah, Pinot Grigio and Vidal Blanc are the varietals you’ll find along with a few wines made from grapes and other fruits native to the area.
The SoVA Wine Trail, which those "in the know" refer to as "SoVA" was established in Spring 2009 by an enthusiastic group of grape growers/wine makers with 9 wineries located in Southern Virginia. Southern Virginia is an up-and-coming grape-growing region that hosts a unique and ideal terroir for growing a vast variety of grapes for fine wine making.