Steeped in history, Virginia has over 400 years of viticultural tradition and it has become a fast-rising star of the international wine world. Designated wine trails wind through the Commonwealth, comprised of diverse terroirs from the Atlantic shores to the mountains and valleys of the Blue Ridge Mountains and everything in between. It is the diversity of the state’s terrain, mild climate and the dedication of wine professionals here that make Virginia a viticultural gem.

Of the over 300 wineries in the Commonwealth, 65 won a total of 127 Gold Medals in our state’s 2022 Virginia Governor’s Cup competition. While other wine competitions are equally notable, we choose to highlight the Virginia Governor’s Cup specifically because this competition involves only Virginia wines and it is the competition that our wineries participate most in.

We have divided Virginia into the following wine regions:

Central Virginia | Northern Virginia | Shenandoah Valley

West & South Virginia | Coastal Virginia

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All of the 2022 Virginia Governor’s Cup Competition gold medal winning wineries are noted on the following maps. The key is as follows:

♛ = Governor’s Cup Case Winner

★ = Gold Medal Winner & Wine & Country Life Sponsored Partner

# = Alternate Award Winner & Wine & Country Life Sponsored Partner

While we focus on primarily the gold medaling wineries in this Wine & Country Gold Book, you’ll find all Virginia’s many other wineries at VirginiaWine.org.

Central Virginia Wine Trails

The Central VA region is home to Virginia’s oldest AVA. The Monticello AVA and Monticello Wine Trail are located near Charlottesville, aptly named for the historic impact of wines grown at Thomas Jefferson’s home, Monticello. The hilly, mountainous land on the slopes of the Blue Ridge have fertile granite-based clay. Differences in altitude, soil composition and weather patterns across Central Virginia allow for the cultivation of a wide variety of grapes. This region is home to over 80 wineries, as well as a multitude of cideries, breweries and distilleries. The differentiations in altitude, soil composition and weather patterns across this region allow for a wide variety of grapes to be grown. Noteworthy varietals include Viognier, Chardonnay, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc.

Also Explore

Monticello, UVA, Historic Downtown Charlottesville and the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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Off Northern R-29 Corridor

1 ★ Prince Michel Vineyard & Winery, Leon

2 DuCard Vineyards, Etlan

3Early Mountain Vineyards, Madison

4 Moss Vineyards, Nortonsville

5Horton Vineyards, Barboursville

6 ♛Barboursville Vineyards, Barboursville

7 ★ Chestnut Oak Vineyard, Barboursville


R-22 Keswick Area

8Castle Hill Cider, Keswick

9Keswick Vineyards, Keswick


Off Southern R-20 Corridor

10 Jefferson Vineyards, Charlottesville

11 ★ Eastwood Farm & Winery, Charlottesville

12 ♛ Trump Winery, Charlottesville

13 ♛ Michael Shaps Wineworks, Charlottesville

14 Mount Ida Reserve, Scottsville


Off Southern R-29 Corridor

15 Albemarle CiderWorks, North Garden

16Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards, North Garden

17 ♛ Wisdom Oak Winery, North Garden

18 Delfosse Vineyards & Winery, Faber

19 Lovingston Winery, Lovingston


Crozet Area

20 ♛ Stinson Vineyards, Crozet

21 Grace Estate Winery, Crozet

22 King Family Vineyards, Crozet

23 ♛ Pollak Vineyards, Greenwood


R-151 Afton Area

24 Flying Fox Vineyard, Afton

25Veritas Vineyards & Winery, Afton

26 Afton Mountain Vineyards, Afton

Lodging, Dining and Attractions

 

A-3 ★ Early Mountain Vineyard cottage & dining, Madison

A-1 ★ Tap29 Brewery & Pub and suites at Prince Michel Winery, Leon


B Montpelier, Montpelier Station


C-8 ★ Castle Hill Cider cafe, Keswick

C-6 ★ The 1804 Inn & Palladio Restaurant at Barboursville Vineyards, Barboursville


(D) Charlottesville Downtown Mall

★ Aberdeen Barn steakhouse

★ Caspari shop, Charlottesville Downtown Mall

★ Charlottesville Albemarle Visitors Center

★ Schwartzchild, Keller & George

★ University of Virginia, Charlottesville


E-11Eastwood Farm & Winery Grill, Charlottesville

E James Monroe’s Highland, Charlottesville

E Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, Charlottesville


F-16Pippin Hill Farm & Culinary Vineyard, North Garden


G Roseland Polo Grounds, Crozet


H-25Farmhouse at Veritas Inn & Restaurant, Afton


IDevils Backbone Brewing Brewpub, Roseland

Northern Virginia Wine Trails

The wines produced in Northern VA are very fresh, bright and fruit-forward. With this region’s terroir, white wines are more prominent, and the Norton, Albariño, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Viognier are common grape varietals. Because of better soil drainage, it’s also a premier region in the state for ripening Cabernet Sauvignon. Bordering on the metropolis of DC, this region is home to over 90 farm wineries, multiple designated wine trails and also includes the historic cities of Arlington and Leesburg. While hosting a number of cities and towns, most of the land in this region is covered by rolling farmland and is home to one of the state’s fastest growing AVAs. The Middleburg Virginia AVA is framed by the Potomac River to the north, mountains to the east, south, and west and composed largely of granite and sandstone soils.

Also Explore

Town of Middleburg, equestrian events, Mount Vernon, The Inn at Little Washington and nearby Washington DC.

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Hillsboro Area

27 ♛ Maggie Malick Wine Caves, Purcellville

28 Bozzo Family Vineyards, Purcellville

29 868 Estate Vineyards, Purcellville

30 Breaux Vineyards, Purcellville

31 The Wine Reserve at Waterford, Waterford

32 The Barns at Hamilton Station, Hamilton

33 The Winery at Lost Creek, Leesburg

34 Willowcroft Farm Vineyards, Leesburg

35 ★ Bluemont Vineyard, Bluemont


Middleburg Area

36 ♛ 50 West Vineyards, Middleburg

37 ♛Cana Vineyards & Winery, Middleburg


Near I-66

38 Fox Meadow Winery, Linden

39 Delaplane Cellars, Delaplane

40 The Winery at Bull Run, Centreville

41 Paradise Springs Winery, Clifton

42 Lost Boy Cider, Alexandria


Off Southern R-29 Corridor

43 Gadino Cellars, Washington

44 Granite Heights Winery, Warrenton

45 Old House Vineyards, Culpeper

Lodging, Dining and Attractions

A ★ Locke Store gourmet deli & The Buttery restaurant, Millwood


B-35 ★ Bluemont Vineyard Cottages & Dining, Bluemont


C ★ Red Fox Inn & Tavern, Middleburg

CGoodstone Inn & Restaurant, Middleburg

C National Sporting Library & Museum, Middleburg


D Inn at Little Washington, Washington


E Great Meadows Equestrian Park, The Plains

E ★ Hunt Country Kitchen & Bath, Marshall


F George Mason University, Fairfax


G Wolf Trap National Park for the Arts, Vienna


H Mount Vernon, Mt. Vernon

Shenandoah Valley Wine Trails

The Shenandoah Valley AVA, Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail and the Virginia Mountains are known for their Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc and the new Austrian red varietal, Blaufränkisch/Lemberger. Protected by mountain ranges on either side of it, the Shenandoah Valley stays drier and cooler than any other region in the state. The Virginia Mountain region also benefits from the cooler temperatures and lower humidity of a high altitude – ideal for growing grapes. In these regions, grape growers are vigilant to protect crops from late frosts and harsh winters. With 360 views of both the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains, visitors will find themselves stunned by the views from towns throughout the area. With over three dozen wineries and spectacular natural tableaus, any one of these Shenandoah Valley wine trails are wonderful for a tasting tour

Also Explore

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, The American Shakespeare Center, Shenandoah National Park.

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Off Northern I-81 Corridor

46 Old Town Cidery, Winchester

47 Saga Meadery & Winery, Front Royal

48Muse Vinyards, Woodstock

49 ♛ Shenandoah Vineyards, Edinburg

50 Cave Ridge Vineyard, Mt. Jackson

51 The Winery at Kindred Pointe, Mt. Jackson


Off Southern I-81 Corridor

52 ★ Bluestone Vineyard, Bridgewater

53 ★ Brix & Columns Vineyards, McGaheysville

54CrossKeys Vineyard, Mt. Crawford

55 Barren Ridge Vineyards, Fishersville

56 ♛ ★ Rockbridge Vineyard & Brewery, Raphine

Lodging, Dining and Attractions

A Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Winchester


B Luray Caverns, Luray


C James Madison University, Harrisonburg

C-35 ★ The Bistro at CrossKeys Vineyard, Mt. Crawford


D Grand Caverns, Grottoes


E ★ Waynesboro Visitor’s Center, Waynesboro


F The American Shakespeare Center, Staunton

F Frontier Culture Museum, Staunton


GThe Omni Homestead Resort & restaurants, Hot Springs


H ★ The Georges Inn & Haywood’s Restaurant, Lexington

H ★ Lexington Rockbridge Visitor’s Center, Lexington


I Natural Bridge State Park, Natural Bridge

West & South Virginia Wine Trails

In Western and Southern Virginia, cooler temperatures and higher elevation give the grapes a longer growing season favoring the production of Chambourcin, Vidal Blanc, Traminette and Riesling grapes. In Southern VA, the warmth of the area causes the growing season to begin and end much earlier, but the mix of sandy loam and clay soils are fertile for growth. Vintners on these wine trails are adapting with disease-resistant varietals that can withstand humid conditions. This region is also producing many fruit wines, cider and meads.

Also Explore

Virginia Tech, Roanoke’s Art Center in the Square and the Crooked Road Music Trail.

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Near 1-81

57 Beliveau Farm Winery, Blacksburg

58 Tumbling Creek Cider Company, Abingdon


Martinsville Area

59 Hamlet Vineyards, Bassett

Lodging, Dining and Attractions

A The Crooked Road Heritage Music Trail, Abingdon


B Virginia Tech, Blacksburg


C Center in the Square, Roanoke


D Martinsville NASCAR Speedway, Martinsville


E Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, Lynchburg

Coastal Virginia Wine Trails

Due to their proximity to the ocean and the protection of the Chesapeake Bay, Coastal Virginia wine trails remain at a warmer temperature throughout the year. The sandy loam soils produce bright wines, particularly from the Chardonnay, Albariño and Cabernet Franc varietals, while Petit Verdot ripens well in the longer growing season. The terroir produces wines that pair well with fresh seafood.

Also Explore

Richmond, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Virginia Beach and Colonial Williamsburg.

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Near I-95

60 James River Cellars Winery, Glen Allen

61 Black Heath Meadery, Richmond

62 Garden Grove Brewing & Urban WInery, Richmond

63 Ashton Creek Vineyard, Chester

64 Upper Shirley Vineyards, Charles City


Near I-64 (East of Richmond)

65 Jolene Family Winery, Quinton

66 New Kent Winery, New Kent

67 Silver Hand Meadery, Williamsburg

68 The Williamsburg Winery, Williamsburg


Near Coastal R-17

69 Ingleside Vineyards, Oak Grove

70 Zoll Vineyards, Dutton

Lodging, Dining and Attractions

(A) Richmond/Henrico

Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens

Virginia Commonwealth University

Black History & Culture Museum

Science Museum of Virginia

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts


(B) Williamsburg

Busch Gardens amusement park

Colonial Williamsburg

Jamestown Settlement

William & Mary University


(C) Norfolk

Chrysler Hall

Old Dominion University


(D) Virginia Beach

Veterans United Home Loans

Amphitheater at Virginia Beach

Virginia Beach Ocean Boardwalk




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