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

by Casey Higgins | Posted: Jun 27, 2014 | Updated: Jul 27, 2017

Comments: 71 Comments

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.

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)

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 Vineyards Polo

King Family Vineyards

“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)

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

Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

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)

“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)

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

Early Mountain Vineyards

Early Mountain Vineyards

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 285 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 to which one(s) you flock.


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Barb Laderoute says:

If you’re looking for a stunning view, look no further than Stone Mountain Vineyards in Dyke. 1700ft high, overlooking Ch’ville. AMAZING!!

Pam Helsley says:

Mentioning the Winery at Kindred Pointe in Mount Jackson since it wasn’t on the list . Beautiful location and great wines.

Jim says:

I guess my favorite, Glen Manor, near the Luray entrance to Skyline Drive, forgot to pay to be included.
On Brownstown Road, go there.

Casey Higgins says:

Fortunately, Jim, there’s no fee for being included. 🙂

Stephanie says:

You forgot Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery. Great views, people and wine.

Casey Higgins says:

Thanks for chiming in, Stephanie! No forgetting, it wasn’t mentioned. But now it is! 🙂 Winning!

JD says:

DuCard in Madison County (close to Graves Mtn) has great views of the Shenandoah, excellent wines, lots of events throughout the year, and a dog friendly outdoor area.

We can vouch for Paradise Springs and Barrel Oak on a summer evening! This might also help Virginia wine lovers find their way…our recent Summer Nights Guide to VA Wineries! http://vawineinmypocket.com/article/your_guide_summer_nights_virginia_wineries

More than 40 wineries open late!

Brian says:


Jeffrey says:

With a view even more stunning than Barboursville, King Family, or Pippin Hill, and excellent wines to match, one needs to go to Delaplane Cellars right off of Route 17 in Delaplane, VA.

If you are looking for a fun place to stay when visiting the wineries in Orange, Madison or Rappahannock Counties check out The Cabins at Rose River Farm. We are centrally located to nearly a dozen wineries and several on this excellent list. http://www.roseriverfarm.com/accommodations.html