This edition of DW&S is full of tips from Team DW&S and magazine fans. My favorite Summer 2019 advice is to follow an established Virginia Trail. Virginia Tourism markets “trails” for every hobby and way to love the state. Thousands follow Virginia wine trails every year. While planning my visit to the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail caught my attention.
The Shenandoah Valley is a slice of paradise between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Allegheny Mountains. Over recent decades, the wine produced in this valley has gained national acclaim.
I spent two days traveling the Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail. I could have spent three times the number of days. The trail runs from Winchester to the North and down the valley to Augusta County in the South. The trail spans 200 miles with available lodging varied from mountain cabins to Hotel Madison in Harrisonburg. You will also pass two Virginia resorts, Massanutten Resort, and Bryce Resort.
It is not just the wine that lured me to the valley. The rural views are some of the best in the state. From blue mountain ranges and green fields to idyllic streams and rivers, this valley has it all. The views from each winery are photo worthy—be sure to bring a camera.
It is also a Virginia region of local music enthusiasts. Many wineries pair their wine with local food, but you will also find a wide array of music along the Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail. Live music is part of the valley experience. Summer nights and weekends will often provide a backdrop to several live concerts along the trail. Follow the trail’s music, and events schedule on their Facebook page, @shenandoahvalleywinetrail.
On June 22, 2019, the valley will celebrate the 11th Annual Shenandoah Valley Wine & Jazz Festival.
Enjoy the valley’s award-winning wine collection, paired with local food truck fare and jazz music. You can enjoy it all while watching the sunset behind the Allegheny Mountains.
Now, let’s talk about wine. The Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail includes over twenty wineries and Old Hill Cider. The website, www.shenandoahvalleywinetrail.com consists of a listing of all valley wineries located on the trail. The magazine is available for pick-up at any of the wineries on the trail or at regional Visitor’s Centers. You will also find a link to the trail’s digital magazine, including listings for wineries and vineyards, lodging and specialty shops.
Enjoy the trail…
Want to enjoy your wine with a view? Find out where to go: The View of Virginia Wine Lovers.