Top 5 Unique Wineries in Virginia
Finding a great winery is a challenge in and of itself. But finding a great and unique winery? Please; most people don’t even know where to find the wineries in their home state let alone across the country. Unfortunately, too many people in Virginia don’t know about the great and unique wineries that are practically on their doorsteps.
That’s about to change. In this article, we’ll take a look at five of the top unique wineries in Virginia and explain exactly makes them so unique – and, in turn, why all native Virginians who love wine should visit these fine establishments. Let’s take a look at them in detail and see what makes these Virginia wineries so unique.
1. Keswick Vineyards. Having won “best White Wine in America” awards in its first vintage, it’s hard to deny that there’s something in the grapes at Keswick, a vineyard located in the town of the same name and which is host to some 400 acres of wine-producing land. This is the winery to visit if you’re interested in white wines, as you’ll find everything from Chardonnay to – well, let’s just say you’ll find everything.
2. Jefferson Vineyards. Considering this vineyard is located on the same Thomas Jefferson vineyard sites that were used in 1774, it’s fair to say that Jefferson Vineyards has a unique and powerful claim to fame. Wine Spectator said this Vineyard has “the region’s most consistent track record,” which speaks to the quality of the wines produced here – try the 2007 Viognier and you’ll be treated to an award-winning wine of world class.
3. Peaks of Otter Winery. Considering the name alone might be enough to make this winery worth of our “unique” list, but we can’t forget the fact that this Bedford, Virginia winery has a tradition of wine that dates back to the 18th century, much like the tradition at Jefferson Vineyards. In addition to tasting wines, you’ll also get access to fruits and jams produced at the complex – a great addition if you’re bringing kids who aren’t exactly into wine tasting yet.
4. Abingdon Vineyard & Winery. Considering that there are only 10 acres of grapes on this 53-acre farm, it’s not hard to see exactly why the Abingdon Vineyard and Winery has a unique perspective on producing, well, produce. The scenery also makes this a winery worth going to, especially if you haven’t had a chance to enjoy the picturesque Virginia countryside. Going out to try some of the wine is a great excuse to enjoy the views and get out of the more “traditional” Virginia spots for a while.
5. Desert Rose Winery. This Winery’s unique take on wine tasting hinges on its western roots – you’ll see as many horses as you will wines here. The Old West feel is as legitimate as the taste of the wine, and you’ll enjoy a wine and chocolate sampler at reasonable prices; that in and of itself makes the Desert Rose something of a unique phenomenon.
Paul Moore is an adventurer at heart, finding things to do and places to go that are often missed by the average person. He has found a special place in his heart for the beautiful Smith Mountain Lake region with homes ranging from the simple to the utterly luxurious, and all by a truly outstanding lakeside atmosphere.