Clinging to our stony hillsides, the vineyards of Rappahannock produce a generous crop of native American, hybrid, and vinifera grapes with each harvest. Each winery's tasting room offers sampling opportunities, light foods, wines and wine accessories for sale. Rappahannock County also is home to Wasmund's single malt whiskey at the Copper Fox Distillery in Sperryville, where scheduled tours and presentations offer insight into the distilling process, and to the Hopkins Ordinary Ale Works, also in Sperryville.
On top of the world. That’s where you will be when you visit Chester Gap Cellars at the northern tip of beautiful Rappahannock County. Bring your senses to life sipping truly great, hand-crafted wines while enjoying stunning views from our open-air tasting patio.
At over 1,000 feet elevation and conveniently located just off of Route 522 near Front Royal and I-66, Chester Gap Cellars is your perfect destination to experience a tranquil, intimate and friendly place. Put your feet up while tasting estate-grown Viognier, Roussanne, Petit Manseng, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and innovated blends. Let your eyes feast the natural beauty of lovingly tended vines and the endless blue mountains of the southeast Piedmont.
What is the wine all about at Chester Gap Cellars? A commitment to grow the highest quality grapes through minimal intervention, which produce full flavor, handcrafted wines. High elevation, an eastern exposure, well-drained rocky soils, nearly frost-free conditions, and cooler summer days and nights all add to grapes that can hang in the vineyard until optimal ripeness is achieved.
The result? We welcome you to come taste for yourself.
About the owners:
Jeff Seese and Travis Patton purchased Chester Gap Cellars in September 2017, and they strive to continue the legacy of high quality wines paired with the beautiful land and picturesque views that the winery offers. We look forward to an opportunity to chat with you in our tasting room.
4615 Remount Road, Huntly, VA 22640
Copper Fox Distillery, was founded by Rick Wasmund, with the idea of making whisky differently. The first North American distillery to build a traditional malt floor and kiln since the repeal of Prohibition. We start from scratch--floor malting our locally grown barley, flavoring the grain with fruitwood smoke in our kiln, distilling in one of our custom copper pot stills, then aging with a progressive series of hand toasted wood chips in used bourbon barrels.
Our on-site offerings include Copper Fox Original Single Malt Whisky, Copper Fox Peachwood Single Malt Whisky, Copper Fox Rye Whisky, Copper Fox Vir Gin, Copper Fox Barrel Kits and “Distiller’s Art Series” Single Malt Spirit, Rye Spirit and Bourbon Mash, Belle Grove 1797 Whiskey and Belle Grove 1797 Spirit and several “distillery only” seasonal or limited edition whiskies.
We hope you can plan to visit and maybe discover your new favorite whisky! We do some things differently than anyone else in the world, and enjoy sharing our story. Free tours on the half hour. Tastings and seasonal cocktails for a small fee. Family friendly. Well behaved leashed pets OK on the porch or cocktail garden.
Please call or email for groups of ten or more and/or any special requests.
9 River Lane Sperryville, VA 22740
Our ultra-premium spirits are made from grape: luxurious brandy, groundbreaking vodka, and refreshing gin. Our family's winery-based distillery brings new, unique, and innovative life to your favorite cocktail or beverage. We are now serving tastings in our distillery store/tasting room (located at Rappahannock Cellars). Click below for details!
|Our aged and clear spirits alike are concentrated expressions of our ultra-premium craft wines: the highest quality grapes are pressed and fermented into intense wines, then small-batch distilled in our custom 100 gallon pot/column hybrid copper still. Tell your favorite glass or cocktail that something special is coming soon.|
14437 Hume Road, Huntly, VA 22640
Slip away to the quiet, beautiful countryside of Rappahannock County, only an hour's drive from Northern Virginia, and feel like one of "La Famiglia" at this family-owned and -operated winery. Relax with fine wines crafted from small lots of hand-picked grapes, artisan cheeses and Italian sausages in an Italian-inspired tasting room or on the expansive deck overlooking the gardens, the vineyards and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Tours of the wine cellar are available by appointment. Gadino Cellars also has two regulation size bocce ball courts for customers to use when they visit the winery tasting room. Join the latest craze with this fun Italian game. Bocce ball sets can be checked out by anyone 21 or older at the tasting bar to add a new dimension to your wine tasting experience. Gadino Cellars... Taste the Tradition!
92 School House Rd Washington VA 22747
Gray Ghost Vineyards is Rappahannock County's oldest winery. Family-owned and -operated winery producing internationally acclaimed wines from immaculate vineyards. Enjoy southern hospitality, a knowledgeable staff, beautiful picnic grounds and spacious indoor facilities. Experience famous winery events, entertaining tours and the most popular volunteer harvest program in Virginia! Named "Best of the East" four consecutive years by Vineyard and Winery Management magazine.
14706 Lee Hwy, Amissville VA 20106
Hinson Ford Cider & Mead offers a variety of dry hard ciders and dry sparkling meads, made with locally-sourced ingredients.
379 Hinson Ford Rd, Amissville,VA 20106
This small brewery is located in the cellar of Hopkins Ordinary B&B and features local ingredients in many of its beers, along with a personal approach to brewing. Please contact us if you'd like to come by and taste what's fresh and on tap. Appointments are often available on short notice. B&B guests are offered a complimentary tasting during their stay.
47 Main Street Sperryville, VA 22740
Little Washington Winery is tucked right into the sweet spot of Virginia Wine County high on the edge of Shenandoah National Park. Taste incredible small batch craft wines, featuring the award-winning Little Washington Winery portfolio of 7 wines, including George, named the #1 red wine in Virginia, Shenandoah Steel, named the #3 white wine in Virginia and Que Syrah, gold medal and best in category winner along with other interesting top craft wines on the unique Dirt Road Wine Tour. Stay awhile and enjoy wine by the glass in the place named #2 panoramic view in Virginia.
72 Christmas Tree Lane Washington, Virginia 22747
We like to refer to ourselves as a true Mom & Pop, small production, boutique winery. Our goal is to offer wines carefully crafted in traditional European styles. We have interior seating, picnic tables, porch seating and, of course, plenty of open ground for picnickers, either right outside the tasting room or on the hilltop by the Black Walnut tree with views of the Blue Ridge mountains. Visitors are welcome to come out and spend the day enjoying the views and occasional local wildlife sighting of deer, wild turkey or maybe even Red the vineyard fox and "escape the madness." No stress, no pressure (just magnificent wines)!
200 Viewtown Rd Amissville, VA 20106
Narmada Winery is located on 51 acres of beautiful rolling countryside off Rt. 211 West in Amissville. Our lush vineyards were planted over a decade ago, and the winery’s tasting room opened in 2009. The wines are made by Sudha Patil, who combines her background in chemistry with a sensitive palate to create elegant wines that are both subtle and graceful.
The winery has received an astonishing number of gold medals in its short history - over 50 as of January 2016 - highlighted by our meritage blend YASH-VIR being named to the Governor’s Case of top twelve wines at the 2015 Virginia Governor’s Cup Wine Competition.
Narmada currently offers 19 different wines, categorized into three tasting flights, each with a slightly different taste profile. Reds, whites, rose, sweets - there is something to please every palate!
Narmada hosts lovely vineyard weddings as well as private parties for special occasions such as bridal showers, birthdays, anniversaries, meetings and more.
Visit our website for current hours and to see what’s happening this weekend and beyond!
43 Narmada Lane Amissville VA 20106
Pen Druid Brewing focuses on wild fermentation, barrel fermenting and aging, traditional spontaneous fermentation and naturally carbonated beers. The brewery is owned and operated by the three brothers Lain, Van and Jennings Carney who are in the psych-rock band Pontiak.
The brothers have spent nearly a decade traveling North America and Europe, playing music and experiencing the local beer traditions. They've released 11 albums on the legendary Chicago independent record label Thrill Jockey Records. In between tours they would brew beer at home.
The name, Pen Druid, comes from their old family farm which sits on the Thornton River in Rappahannock County, Virginia, just a few miles downstream from the brewery.
In the winter 2015/2016 the brothers isolated their own cocktail of wild yeasts and bacteria from the Virginia Piedmont reflecting the terroir of Rappahannock. And in that spirit of capturing the terroir of the Rappahannock Piedmont, the brothers also began their spontaneous fermentation program which employ two copper-lined coolships.
Pen Druid is a 10bbl woodfired brewery. All kegs and bottles are naturally carbonated using secondary fermentation in the bottle or the keg.
7 River Ln, Sperryville VA 22740
Quièvremont Wine is a boutique farm-vineyard in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, specializing in estate-grown and -cellared Bordeaux varietals and blends. The Quièvremont vineyard is the latest addition to Reality Farm which was established circa 1753. The wine's name derives from old French meaning "goat hill", and is appropriate to the vineyard's setting amidst the farm's cattle and goat herds. The vines enjoy an ideal micro-climate, with plenty of sunshine, gentle breezes and fine soils, producing grapes that yield memorable wines with unique characteristics.
162 Gid Brown Hollow, Washington, VA 22747
Recognizing the promise in Virginia wines, we moved our family's winery from California to the Blue Ridge Mountains in the heart of Virginia's hunt country, in Rappahannock County. Here in Virginia we continue to create rich and elegant wines dedicated to the winegrower's art. Open daily year-round since 2001, we have established ourselves as a leader at the forefront of the Virginia wine industry. Our experienced wine-making team, coupled with careful tending of the vineyard and exacting knowledge of the cellar, is producing exquisite, internationally recognized wines.
14437 Hume Rd Huntly VA 22640
Revalation Winery is located in the heart of Hebron Valley, just one and a half miles off Route 29. Sip deliciously sophisticated wines, relax on the porch of our 1830s log cabin and admire magnificent panoramic views of the the Blue Ridge Mountains. For more information, please visit revalationvineyards.com or call 540-407-1236.
2710 Hebron Valley Road, Madison, VA 22727
Dating from the mid-18th century, Toll Gate Farm derives its name from a toll station along the old Richmond Road (now Ben Venue Road). The oldest part is the log cabin that is visible today. It was the kitchen cabin dating to 1750. The original main cabin burned down and was replaced with a log/stone house before a Maryland family bought the property in 1807. In the mid-1970s, the two cabins were connected by an addition, forming the house that stands today.
Toll Gate Farm has witnessed its share of history. General Robert E. Lee and his Confederate troops withdrew from Gettysburg along Richmond Road. And Toll Gate Farm was a popular stop as a speakeasy during prohibition when corn was more profitable as moonshine than as cattle or human food.
Finally, it became part of Virginia’s burgeoning wine industry in 2000 when Bill Freitag and Patty Hardee acquired the farm and planted their first grapes. We now have a total of six acres in vines. We grow four varieties of vinifera grapes: Viognier, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Pinot Grigio. We supply high quality wine grapes to many of the wineries in northern Virginia.
423 Ben Venue Rd Flint Hill VA 22627
Taste incredible small batch craft wines, featuring the award-winning Little Washington Winery portfolio and other craft wines daily. Enjoy artisan chocolate truffles made especially to pair with wine. Do a wine and chocolate pairing or fill a box with your own personal favorite chocolates from our 50 flavor truffle bar. Stay awhile and enjoy wine by the glass or a foodie class.
353 Main Street Washington, VA 22747