5 Virginia Wineries Worth Visiting

These vineyards are turning out some of the best wines in the state, and their settings are lovely.

Glen Manor Vineyards. Courtesy photo.

Glen Manor Vineyards

In 1995, Jeff White planted the first grapevines on the 212-acre farm that had been in his family since 1901. But it wasn’t until 2008 (after spending 12 years apprenticing under Linden’s Jim Law) that White opened Glen Manor for business.

It’s hard to avoid feeling both grateful and grounded sipping wine in this narrow, protected valley on the western edge of the Blue Ridge. Situated about 12 miles south of Front Royal, White’s operation is low-key with a relaxed vibe. Buses and large parties are prohibited, but groups of up to six people are welcome at the small tasting room’s main bar. The winery doesn’t sell food; however, you are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy on the rolling lawn. Pets are permitted outdoors.

Glen Manor’s wines are standouts—similar to Linden’s in quality and minimalist style—and are often featured on wine lists at top-tier D.C.-area restaurants such as Proof and Restaurant Eve. Among the half-dozen wines that are currently offered, you’ll find a picnic-perfect rosé, a sauvignon blanc that’s consistently ranked among the best in Virginia and a critically acclaimed Bordeaux-style red called Hodder Hill.

“We’re very hands-on in the vineyard, so there’s very little to do once they’re in the winery,” White says of his overarching approach to winemaking. “Nothing is added to our wines—just grapes, yeast and barrels. Everything you taste is a reflection of the earth where it’s grown.”

From April to November the winery is open for tastings (fee ranges from $4 to $12 per person, depending on the wines offered) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. glenmanorvineyards.com

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