Lexington Valley Vineyard
Shenandoah Valley, outdoor getaway in Virginia
The Shenandoah Valley stretches 200 miles across the Blue Ridge and Allegheny mountains, just 75 miles away from Washington DC. It is an exceptional place to hike, bike, fish, view wildlife or take a scenic drive. One of the natural wonders of this world is the Natural Bridge. Be sure to visit the region's many caverns, which include Luray, with the only stalacpipe organ, and Shenandoah, with an elevator to take you underground!
Meanwhile, the valley is alive with history, culture, and dozens of authentic cities and towns to explore. Now, you've explored Lee Chapel, attended the VMI Dress Parade, gazed at House Mountain, and strolled past the historic homes. But a glass of Virginia wine with a view might be the icing on the cake for a perfect day.
A wine valley
Shenandoah Valley is home to award-winning wineries, breweries and cideries. Most are family-run and committed to making great products using time honored methods. To experience the true charm of the Valley, visit one of the many vineyards offering a Shenandoah wine experience. On the way to Goshen Pass, stop by Lexington Valley Vineyard, a family owned Virginia farm winery located about 15 minutes from Lexington in a beautiful setting nestled in the Shenandoah Valley. The winery features small vintage hand-crafted wines.
From May to October, you can enjoy wines by the glass or bottle overlooking the rolling hills and vineyards of the property on the deck beckons, combined with a traditional Mediterranean snack basket. Just sit on the deck, pet the dogs and delight in the mountain views. What else?
An eclectic mix of vintage wines
Lexington Valley Vineyard offers unique tasting experiences, away from the crowd. They've been growing acres of various vines for many years, and offer an eclectic selection of exceptional cépages, such as Marshal Foch, Traminette—that perfectly pairs with fresh Shenandoah rainbow trout, a rare Catawba--a grape native to North America, Grüner Veltiner-- a crisp white wine primarily grown in Austria, a Gruner Veltiner, not to mention their Vidal Blanc, Cabernet Franc, Norton, etc. Don't forget to call them to set a time and bring your GPS!
Wineries along the way
Further down the road in Rockbridge Baths, Jump Mountain Vineyard specializes in Old World dry wines. Open on weekends, shoot them an email then stop by for a tasting, a tour and bottle of cabernet sauvignon. If you want more, hop in the car and head to Virginia's northern Blue Ridge Mountains. This compact wine-tasting route offers seven wineries and a whisky distillery to explore, along with gorgeous natural scenery tracing the northern part of Shenandoah National Park.