For The Wine Lover In You
A very popular pastime for many people, visiting wineries in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia is a great way to relax during your vacation. There are many wineries along the Blue Ridge Parkway that can satisfy your taste buds and offer great experiences. We’ve listed 2 below.
Chateau Morrisette, known for The Black Dog and Dog Blue wines, offers elegant dining indoors or outdoors, and several music events throughout the year. The gift shop has everything you can imagine for that special someone or for yourself. Chateau Morrisette is located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway at the Patrick & Floyd County border at milepost 171.5.
Traveling north on the Parkway, just down from Chateau Morrisette, at milepost 170.5, is the Italian inspired Villa Appalachia Winery. Offering spectacular views and a relaxing environment, Villa Appalachia has a wood-fired brick oven for special events, an Italian music garden, and bocce court. They serve local chesses, salamis, olives, humus and crusty bread to accompany their unique Italian wines.
Wine lovers have also included Foggy Ridge Cider on their tour. Reviving the artisan cider making tradition, Foggy Ridge Cider harvests from their three orchards and craft small batches of carefully selected cider blends. Just south of Villa Appalachia and Chateau Morrisette, near milepost 174, travel west on Buffalo Mountain Road (# 758). At the Y in the road, stay straight on Buffalo Mountain Road. Turn left on Rock Church Road (#628). Pass Buffalo Presbyterian Church—the road will change names but stay straight. Turn left on Pineview Road (#656). Foggy Ridge Cider is one half mile on the left.
Finish your day by traveling down the mountain to Stanburn Winery in Stuart. With a laid-back attitude and plenty of charm, Stanburn Winery offers 11 award-winning wines and 12 acres of vineyard. With views of the mountains as the backdrop and the beautiful vineyard, Stanburn Winery is the perfect place for a romantic picnic. Reverse the directions above to get back on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Travel north on the Parkway to Meadows of Dan. Pick up Business 58 and continue down to Stuart while enjoying some spectacular views along the way. Continue on Hwy 58 for approximately 20 miles, then take a left on South Mayo Drive. At the stop sign, bear left to stay on South Mayo. Half a mile, take a left on Conner Drive.