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Interstate 81 bisects the Blue Ridge Wine Region, which runs south of Roanoke to the North Carolina border. You’ll find the meandering Appalachian Trail to the west and the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway to the east – and plenty of fun things to do everywhere, from boating on expansive Smith Mountain Lake to taking in a play at Barter Theater in Abington. The Old Fiddler’s Convention in Galax is a must-attend in early August as are fall football games at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg. The windy and picturesque mountainsides of southwest Virginia are home to a number of well-established wineries thanks to loamy and gravelly soil with good drainage at ideal elevations.Any of a large number of fine white and red wines can be tasted and purchased at Blue Ridge wineries. Of the whites, selections include Pinot Grigio, Petit Manseng, Saugivnon Blanc, Traminette, Vidal Blanc and Viognier; and of the reds, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chambourcin, Merlot and Pinot Noir.
The Rocky Knob AVA is located in Floyd and Patrick counties on the eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The area is located on the eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains in southwestern Virginia near the towns of Woolwine and Meadows of Dan and astride the Blue Ridge Parkway. The soil is primarily loam and gravel and is well drained.
The North Fork of Roanoke AVA is on the eastern slopes of the Allegheny Mountains in Roanoke and Montgomery counties. Its wines include Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Norton and many others.
The Mountain Road Wine Experience offers 3 wineries, a meadery and cidermaker all near the Blue Ridge Parkway in southwest Virginia.
In the spring of 2013, several wineries came together to create a wine trail that will introduce your senses to Southwest Virginia. The Southwest Highlands Wine Trail is a unique type of experience featuring wine tastings, tours, special events, food, and award-winning wines from the hidden gem of Southwestern Virginia.