17 Scenic Drives for Virginia Wine

by Casey Higgins | Posted: Mar 18, 2014 | Updated: Apr 12, 2017

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Ever growing and pulling in the medals and accolades is Virginia’s wine industry. Take a drive for the latest uncorked vintage. Taste it where it was crafted; learn from the winemakers what you should taste, smell and feel as each sip crosses your lips. You’ll also be delighted with special food and wine pairings or casual live music events throughout the warmer months.

For certain, if you love wine, you must grab a friend or two and take to one or more of these scenic drives for Virginia wine. Remember to designate a driver.


Afton Mountain Vineyards


Afton Mountain Vineyards


Shenandoah Valley to Blue Ridge Highlands

Wind your way through the Shenandoah Valley and encounter several wine trails at once. The larger trail, The Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail, includes 19 wineries between Berryville and Eagle Rock, a distance of 177 miles. Surely this is a weekend, or perhaps multi-weekend trip to take advantage of each trail, each winery, and every great bite of food along the way. Trail Map

Farther down the Valley into the Blue Ridge Highlands is the Mountain Road Wine Experience, a meandering trail that highlights the tastes along the Blue Ridge Parkway between Roanoke and Floyd. Five wineries, a meadery and a cidery await.


Northern Virginia to Central Virginia

What better way to think of a gigantic wine trail than in clusters? Branch off on one or two of the Loudoun: DC’s Wine Country clusters for a delicious couples weekend away. Each cluster is six to eight wineries strong and includes destination dining hot spots as well. Trail Map

South of the Loudoun trails is the Fauquier County Wine Trail featuring 24 wineries. This trail spreads from Delaplane off Route 17 to Sumerduck off Route 29. Route 55 is the main east to west corridor of this trail. Trail Map

Picking up in Warrenton, the 211 Scenic Vino Wine Trail follows Route 211 to “Little” Washington. Along the way you can choose to stop and sip at seven wineries or a distillery, or continue past Washington to Luray and on up the mountain to pick up Skyline Drive through Shenandoah National Park.

Sunset Hills Vineyard. Photo by CameronDavidson@CameronDavidson.com.

Sunset Hills Vineyard. Photo by CameronDavidson@CameronDavidson.com.

In the same neck of the woods, check out the Artisanal Wineries of Rappahannock (some of which are also included in the 211 Trail). Route 211 will intersect with Route 522 and it’s on this double route that you’ll find four wineries between Front Royal and Culpeper. Route 231 towards Charlottesville from Sperryville offers up one more winery to bring the total to five for this trail.

The Blue Ridge Whiskey Wine Loop pretty much encompasses both the 211 and Artisanal Wineries trails as it does, in fact, loop from Front Royal on Route 522 to Warrenton, across Route 211 to Sperryville and continues on Route 34o through Luray to Front Royal again. With eight wineries and one distillery on this trail, you might opt to stretch it out over two days. Trail Map

Just south of the three aforementioned trails is the Foothills Scenic Wine Trail, an exclusive club of two wineries off Route 231 in Sperryville and Etlan, respectively. Trail Map

The Monticello Wine Trail is another large adventure that is broken up into five segments. Centered around the Charlottesville area, this trail of 30 wineries is meant to incorporate the goodness of Thomas Jefferson’s wine quests. Expect to experience history and great food as you branch off for a day or two.

From its most eastern point, the Monticello Wine Trail easily leads into the Heart of Virginia Wine Trail northwest of Richmond. This trail includes six wineries from Louisa to Glen Allen and Gum Spring to Spotsylvania. Trail Map

Circling back to the west, and the area lovingly called the “sunrise side” of the Blue Ridge, Nelson County boasts the Nelson 151 Trail. The 151 stands for Route 151, a drive that includes seven wineries, three breweries, a cidery and a distillery. It’s the most diverse of the adult beverage trails in Virginia. Trail Map


Central Virginia to Southern Virginia

Along the Bedford Wine Trail aficionados will experience the tastes of five vineyards and wineries from the Blue Ridge Parkway to Smith Mountain Lake. Trail Map

The SoVA Wine Trail (SoVA means Southern Virginia) includes 12 wineries. Trail Map


The Dog and Oyster

The Dog and Oyster

Chesapeake Bay to Coastal Virginia – Eastern Shore

The 12 wineries of the Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail await your arrival. The scenery along the bay will steal your breath and the wines will tickle your taste buds. Check out their trail map and passport.

The Eastern Shore Wine Trail has three wineries for you to visit. Just stay on Route 13 to hit Machipongo, Franktown (near Nassawaddox) and Bloxom to complete the trail.


While these trails are a great start to get you out enjoying the wine where it’s made, they do not incorporate every winery in Virginia. See our directory to locate one near you or where you’re headed.



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gaby yablonsky

I was unable to find the distance between culpepper and afton VA

christine helms

Being a Virginia gal now retired in Florida when I go home I always make sure I had a few of them. Have been too many too numerous to remember, haha. I have my favorite, Chardonnay I get at the barns in Purcellville, my reds, Notivita, and Rappahannock from my reds.

Dawn Fernald Spruill

Gonna teach a sip and paint class at Corcoran Vineyards on April 14th gonna be fun!

Cynthia Kelly

Please send details –

Maria Branham

So, if traveling from NC and coming into Va near Martinsville, which wine trail would be the closest to try? One listed under Southern Va?

Royal C Stanley

Looks like as usual that anything from Roanoke south and west is forgotten. Chateau Morrisette is an award winning winery yet is not even on the map nor is any of the others in the Blue Ridge Mountains on the east side. One thing is for sure NoVa gets plenty of coverage.

Mary Hagan

Central to Southern is probably your best bet. Check out Whitebarrel and Chateau Morrisette. Also need to check out File Mile Distillery in Floyd, as well as Buffalo Mountain Brewery.

Maureen Yarrington

Last year at a wine festival I bought a wine named after their dog, Bo. We loved the wine but can not recall the name of the winery. Does anyone know? Many thanks!

Kay VanV

The owners of Peaks of Otter (all fruit wine) had a dog named Bo, but I am not aware of a wine named after him.

Cathi Davis

There is a wine called Our Dog Blue by Chateau Morrisette.

James Bryston Winegar

Bluestone Vineyard in Bridgewater, VA near Harrisonburg. The wine was named after their Golden Retriever, Beau, and a very good white wine.


Looking for the vineyards off route 55 to 17. Any B&B near any of these vineyards?

Maggie baker

What would be the closest winery to Harrisonburg on 81?