A Toast to Great Views! 19 Virginia Wineries for Outdoor Sipping

by Casey Higgins | Posted on June 27th, 2014

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Virginia’s vineyards are beautiful, especially this time of year when the vines are heavy with luscious grapes. Savor the view while you also savor the vintage at these wineries boasting impeccable views. Their patios and decks are perfect for summer evening unwinding.

Early Mountain Vineyards

Early Mountain Vineyards

Virginia Tourism staff were asked their favorite wine tasting room and tasting experience, but the responses exited the tasting room in favor of the outdoors …

“The outside views from Barboursville tasting room are beautiful with the mountains in the distance. We also enjoyed walking the trail to the ruins of the Barboursville Mansion, which are on the vineyard property.” (Barboursville, VA)

Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

King Family Vineyards. I love the range of the wines, the beautiful vistas at the winery, and you even catch a polo match on summer Sundays!” (Crozet, VA)

“King Family not only has an excellent patio/outdoor situation, but on Sundays during spring/summer they host Polo games on-site. I recently went and was blown away by the huge numbers of people out there attending the games. Everyone had lawn chairs, pop-up tents, huge tailgating spreads, dogs, kids, etc. It was a great Sunday afternoon activity. The view is great right next to the mountains and the polo games were really exciting—especially while enjoying some great VA wine!”

Chateau Morrisette, of course. The setting right off the Blue Ridge Parkway is wonderful … Best scenic ride winery in the western region, in my opinion.” (Floyd, VA)

Pippin Hill. Their tasting room is really pretty but the lounge areas on the porch are even better.” (North Garden, VA)

West Wind Farm Vineyard & Winery

West Wind Farm Vineyard & Winery

“We went to a winery last Sunday with an incredible view … Pippin Hill.”

Early Mountain. They have beautiful indoor and outdoor seating.” (Madison, VA)

Glass House has a tropical conservatory, patio with a view, and they also serve locally made chocolates.” (Free Union, VA)

Afton Mountain has an outdoor porch with scenic mountain vistas.” (Afton, VA)

Little Washington Winery

Little Washington Winery

“A favorite of mine is the West Wind Farm Vineyard and Winery … a dreamy rural setting in the Wytheville hills, this family owned and operated winery provides a most appreciated respite that includes local foods, their wines and soulful local musicians to further enchant the spirit.” (Max Meadows, VA)

Little Washington Winery. Great view from their deck. It was raining when we were there but they let us take Lucy, our dog, in too.” (Washington, VA)


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With more than 260 wineries to choose from all across Virginia, there are most certainly dozens more wineries with outstanding scenic views. Sound off by leaving a comment! We want to know which one(s) you flock to on a summer evening.

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Joy says:

CrossKeys Vineyards in Mt Crawford is one of the prettiest places I have ever seen and their Bistro has some pretty good food.

Paul Thornton says:

Old House Vineyards outside of Culpeper not only has excellent wines, but has just added an outside pizza oven. On our last visit we enjoyed a great pizza along with our wine on their party patio.

Tina Martin says:

Really enjoy Quattro Goomba’s in Aldie.

Kim G says:

It’s only been around for about 4 or 5 years, but Saude Creek in Lanexa (between Williamsburg and Richmond) is gorgeous. Good wine and a wrap around deck that overlooks the vineyard. On the weekends, they often have live entertainment and cornhole boards. It’s a great place to spend a lazy weekend afternoon!

Nancy says:

Do any have a ‘party bus’ or scheduled transportation from Alexandria/Arlington, VA area? I would prefer not to drive but can’t hire a driver just for two of us!! It’s stopping me from enjoying that sipping!

T.C. says:

Hi Nancy, Reston Limousine offers winery tours for about $50-$60/pp on weekends. They pickup and return to West Falls Church metro station. The site to view tour schedule and purchase tickets is https://www.restonlimo.com/services/tours-trips/wine-tours/.

Not sure if this works for you in lieu of driving but thought it was certainly worth sharing since I absolutely love using them when hubby and I don’t want to take the drive.

Nick says:

Afton Mountain Vineyards is magical.

Love to sit out at Quattro Goomba’s in Aldie while my son and dog play!

Tad Morris says:

Can’t believe Stinson, Grace and Moss were not mentioned…all have beautiful tasting patios! And great wine!

Donna says:

Old House Vineyard in Culpeper is a great destination as well. Can’t wait to try the brick oven pizzas.

linda says:

This list is not complete without cross keys vineyard- breathtaking!