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A several-hour drive from the D.C. area, this breathtaking valley with its rolling landscape of pastures and historic towns, stretches from the Maryland state line to just south of the city of Roanoke. College towns abound. In Harrisonburg, you’ll discover James Madison University and nearby Bridgewater College and Eastern Mennonite University; in Lexington, Virginia Military Institute and Washington and Lee University; in Roanoke, Roanoke College and nearby Hollins University and Salem College; and in Staunton, Mary Baldwin College. Attractions include numerous small museums, Luray Caverns, Natural Bridge and the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library and Museum. You can see Shakespeare plays year-round at the Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton and take in the early fall Apple Harvest Festival in Winchester. Visits to wineries here make an especially fun travel destination; and at no time is this truer than during the fall when the leaves turn to dazzling reds, oranges and yellows. You’ll find wineries from north of Winchester to south of Roanoke and at points in between.The Valley’s rocky, fertile soil and warm, relatively dry growing season lend themselves to nearly every varietal, including Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chambourcin, Chardonnay, Mandolin, Merlot, Norton, Petit Verdot, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Seyval, Vidal Blanc, Traminette and Zinfandel as well as many fruit wines.
The Shenandoah Valley AVA is Frederick, Clarke, Warren, Shenandoah, Page, Rockingham, Augusta, Rockbridge, Botetourt and Amherst counties in Virginia, and Berkeley and Jefferson counties in West Virginia. It is bounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains to the east and the Appalachian and Allegheny Plateaus to the west. It is located within the Ridge and Valley region and is a portion of the Great Appalachian Valley.
The Blue Ridge “Whiskey Wine Loop” provides vacationers and regional residents a convenient and intriguing travel plan through the Northern Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. The loop includes recommended visits to numerous remote “treasures” including 7Virginia Wineries, a whiskey distillery, Eateries, and other interesting featured locations along the way.
The Wine Trail of Botetourt Country features 3 wineries in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Shenandoah Valley County Wine Trail will lead you to four wonderful wineries that exemplify why the Valley is famous for growing grapes. Against the backdrop of the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains, your tour will offer you a unique wine tasting experience.
The Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail is an association of 6 vineyards and wineries.
Did you know 22 wineries, a whiskey distillery, incredible restaurants and the highest concentration of B&Bs in the State of Virginia are tucked into the edges of Skyline Drive just below Shenandoah National Park? Skyline Drive is one of the top five scenic drives and best hiking destinations in the U.S. The Skyline Wine Dine & Recline Trail map combines the location of hikes, waterfalls and scenic overlooks in the park with the location of vineyards, restaurants and Inns you'll find in the foothills below.
In 2009 ten wineries banded together to form a new type wine trail experience. The new wine trail experience was to tie our rich wine heritage with our rich historical heritage and thus the General's Wine & History Trail was born.