Al Fresco for the Win
The result of wine making is refined, but the process from grapevine to glass requires serious grit. Subject to the whims of weather and soil, Virginia winemakers are resilient folk. It’s no surprise that they’ve approached the challenges of the last few months with characteristic savvy. Discover the perfect daytime vineyard excursion ideas below!
Photo Credit: Horton Vineyards
In Phase Three of Virginia’s reopening, wineries and restaurants are welcoming outdoor and patio-based business along with indoor seating with proper social distancing. There’s no better time to plan an Orange County getaway, as the weather is as fine as the wine. Over the last decade, wine tourism has transitioned from stuffy to supremely laid-back. As a wine destination, we’ve created experiences suited to different demographics, keeping al fresco fun affordable and anxiety-free.
For a luxe escape, The 1804 Inn and Cottages and The Inn at Willow Grove welcome summer bookings. An overnight or multi-day stay lends access to guest-only amenities, like fairytale gardens or patio reservations at Vintage. Barboursville Vineyard’s 900-acre spread is the perfect place to exhale. Walk among the wildflowers, Nebbiolo in hand, or sample charcuterie on the pergola at sunset.
Families love the relaxed vibe at Round Hill Inn, the Comfort Inn, and the Campground at Lake Anna. Schedule strawberry picking at Liberty Mills Farm, then head to Reynard Florence for a midday “fruit fix.” Reynard Florence recalls the romance of the French countryside; their small-batch wines showcase their craft from grape to glass.
The sweetest pleasures of summertime are shared with friends. Great wine—and the great outdoors— are at the heart of our heritage. Plan a grape escape today.
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