Virginia is for Wine Lovers

Did you know that there are 250+ wineries in Virginia and more popping up all the time?

There are several lovely wineries to visit within an hour of The Oaks Victorian Inn and the journey to each winery is its own adventure..

pouring wineLess than 15 minutes away and closest to The Oaks Victorian Inn is Whitebarrel Winery.  When you reach the winery enter the gates passing row upon row of grape vines to the tasting room. The tasting room is very intimate with a large stone fireplace and several tables and chairs where guests sit, sample and have a nibble. As long as you are sipping and nibbling you can hang out all day. It’s not unusual to see foursomes of bridge players with cards in one hand and a glass of wine in the other. One day I brought a friend here to just sip wine, have a nibble and play cribbage for a few of hours. That’s how comfortable you feel when you visit Rick and Tess’s winery.

Villa Appalachia and Chateau Morrisette are up on the Blue Ridge Parkway just about 40 minutes from The Oaks. Drive south on route 8 and you’ll come to the cute little town of Floyd. Go through the single traffic and in 6 miles turn left onto the Blue Ridge Parkway and a quick right heading south. Stop along the way and park at a scenic outlook point. Turn down the gravel road at milepost 170 to Villa Appalachia.Their tasting room makes you fell like you are on a mountainside in Tuscany. They predominantly grow Italian grape varieties and make award-winning Virginia Wine.

Chateau Morrisette Winery is located at Milepost 171.5. Take a right onto Black Ridge Rd and an immediate left onto Winery Rd to get there. At 3500 feet above sea level enjoy spectacular vistas of the New River Valley and Buffalo Mountain.They have a restaurant, a huge tasting room and dogs. Yes, they are dog friendly and it’s not unusual to see puppies in the tasting room. Chateau Morrisette has been hand-crafting wines for over 30 years. offering over thirty varieties of dry, semi-dry, sweet, semi-sweet, and fruit wines.

Valhalla Winery, about 45 minutes from The Oaks, sits on a mountain top overlooking the city of Roanoke. Their 21 acre vineyard produces world class cabernet sauvignon, syrah, merlot, chardonnay, cab franc and more. Valhalla was the first vineyard outside of California to produce Alicante Bouschet, and among the first to grow Syrah in Virginia.They have a barrel cave that’s 60 feet underground with the perfect conditions to properly age their wines. When excavating the cave they found a Buddha statue and his good karma has blessed their vineyard since 1996.

Beliveau Estate Winery is 35 minutes from The Oaks and approx 12 miles from Virginia Tech and Downtown Blacksburg There is a lovely tasting room, a covered outdoor veranda and on-site hiking. In the cooler months, sip wine by a warm fireplace. The winery is located on 165 scenic acres offering great picnic spots, both covered and open air. Feel free to bring your own picnic or purchase food on-site. If you are there in the summer months and think you smell lavender, you do!  The last Sunday in June is always the annual Lavender Festival. This is a day to enjoy the sight and scent of fresh lavender.  A time to relax to the sounds of a harpist at the hilltop pavilion as you enjoy a picnic, a glass of wine or lavender lemonade, and watch artists paint the lavender in our annual Plein Air Art Contest.  The 2015 Lavender Festival will be held Sunday, June 28 starting at 12:00 noon.

Don’t forget to check out our specials page. We always have at one for wine lovers

L’Chaim, Cheers, Salud, Prost etc…


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