Hey wine lovers! Today I am featuring some wineries from the Northern Neck of Virginia. We recently spent a lovely spring afternoon driving around and visiting wineries over that way. Here are some that we stopped at!
Ingleside Vineyards– Ingleside is our favorite Northern Neck winery. We have visited Ingleside many times and keep returning. They opened in 1980 and are the fifth oldest winery in Virginia. They have 45-50 acres of vines planted and all of their grapes are estate grown. They produce over twenty different kinds of wine so they offer an extensive list! Ingleside has a lovely shaded courtyard so you can hang out and enjoy a bottle post tasting. Their tasting is $8 for 8 wines. We have so many favorites but our absolute favorite is their Blue Crab Blanc ~ it is an amazing summer wine, ideal for porch sitting! We also enjoy their Coastal White and their Left Bank.
Generals Ridge Vineyard – This was our second time to Generals Ridge. We actually source grapes from Generals Ridge at James River so I like to visit to share my experiences at work! Generals Ridge started out by just selling grapes ~ they have 14 different varieties planted but later decided to build their tasting room and start making wine. Michael Shapps is their wine maker. They have three tasting options available; whites for $9, reds for $9 or all for $14. They have plenty of indoor seating and a small deck on the back of the building. They also have on-site lodging as well, if you’re so inclined. We enjoyed walking around their vines during bud break, it was a beautiful time to visit!
Vault Field Vineyards – Vault Field Vineyards is a very small winery. Their tasting room is right next to their barrels and production facility so you get to see everything during a tasting which is neat. You taste 4 wines for $2. The wines are very affordable and we enjoyed their Vidal Blanc and their 2009 Red. They pair their homemade coffee infused chocolate with their Red wine. You can also buy their chocolates for $5. This is not a spot to enjoy a bottle or hang out since there is not a lot of space. They opened in 2007 and have 6 1/2 acres, all of their grapes are grown on property.
The Hague Winery – We loved our visit at The Hague and enjoyed several wines. They had a cute tasting room in a remodeled barn structure with a lovely covered porch. Their tasting included 5 wines for $6. They have five acres and all their wines are estate grown as well. Their wine maker is Ben Jordan ~ The same wine maker at Early Mountain Vineyards. We really enjoyed their reds; We loved their Petit Verdot and their Cab Franc. We enjoyed a glass outside next to a beautiful field of flowers! The perfect afternoon!
There you have it, a fun day in the Northern Neck! We still have yet to do the Southern part of the Neck. Hopefully we can get those crossed off the list this summer!