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, Sauvignon Blanc, Traminette, Vidal Blanc and Viognier; and of the reds, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chambourcin, Merlot and Pinot Noir.

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