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Blue Ridge

With the meandering Appalachian Trail to the west and the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway to the east, there's a lot to explore in Virginia's Blue Ridge region. Go boating on beautiful Smith Mountain Lake. Take in a play at Barter Theater in Abingdon. Maybe a football game at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg (nothing gets the tailgate going like a bottle of local vino). If it's music that moves you, don't miss Floyd Fest in Floyd, or the Old Fiddler's Convention in Galax, a Virginia tradition since 1935.

Interstate 81 bisects the Blue Ridge Wine Region, which runs south of Roanoke to the North Carolina border. 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 and stunning elevations.

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The North Fork of Roanoke AVA

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 Rocky Knob AVA

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.