Hey wine lovers! I am back for another look at two fabulous wineries. These are two of my personal favorites that we seem to revisit over and over. If you are looking for a stellar view I have just the place for you!
Stone Mountain Vineyards – What a VIEW! If you are looking for the winery with one of the best views, you have to take a drive (literally) up a mountain. Stone Mountain is one of the highest vineyards in Virginia… at over 1,700 ft. you will reach the top and just stare at the breathtaking view. This is a winery that you will want to stay at for hours, at least that’s what we did! The tasting room is large with a nice size bar, it looks like a large cabin with lots of hardwood in the interior. Their tasting is $12 for a variety of wines and a taste of their wine slushies. You are more than welcome to pack your own picnic but they have an assortment of cheeses and fresh artisan pizzas. This is a very dog friendly winery, so you might want to bring your four legged friend along! I am a sucker for a great logo and I absolutely love their wine labels and bear logo. Zach and I loved their rose and enjoyed a bottle on the deck overlooking the fab view!
*Sips and Trips Tip – Follow the directions on the website! Do not follow your GPS, we followed the websites directions and it is still a pretty scary drive up the mountain. I promise the view is worth it!
Barboursville Vineyards – I absolutely love this tasting experience. Barboursville is one of the oldest wineries in Virginia, the family who owns the plantation acquired it in 1976. When you enter, you pay for your tasting first. Once you get your glass and tasting sheet you will start at one bar then travel around the tasting room. The tasting is $10 and includes 17 wines! The price of their wines is outstanding, they range from $15 to $55 for their Octagon. Their most expensive and popular wine, Octagon is AMAZING. This is a wine that you do not get to taste during the traditional tasting. However, they tell you when the most appropriate time to get a half glass or glass during the tasting is. I strongly encourage you to get at least a half glass to share! On Saturdays and Sundays they offer a FREE guided tour. The tour is informative and gives you the background and history of Barboursville. Barboursville does have a restaurant, Palladio, that is separate from the tasting room. I personally have never been, but I have heard great things. There is also Library 1821, where they serve a changing selection of flights along with older vintages of their wine. Barboursville is a huge winery with lots of different offerings and selections, you will leave loving SOMETHING, I promise 🙂
There you have it! A look at a beautiful view and Barboursville, a winery that offers so much! Have you ever been to Stone Mountain or Barboursville? What are your favorite wines they have? If not, I hope you are planning your trip!