Relish a Ride with Rebel’s Run, Afton, Virginia

Picture yourself riding on horseback through the Virginia countryside, rolling blue mountains in the distance and lush trees on either side of you. You breathe in the scents of nature and breathe out the worries of everyday life, relishing the steady pace of the horse that carries you. Finally, your party halts and you dismount, ready to indulge in a glass of Virginia wine. It almost sounds too perfect to be real, doesn’t it? Luckily for you, this little scenario is very real, and you can experience it for yourself at Rebel’s Run in Afton, VA.


Rebel’s Run’s winery trail rides are around 45 minutes long and include forests, creeks, vineyard, and a 360 degree view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. We recently went on a wine tour trail ride tour with Rebel’s Run, and it was an incredibly fun experience. At one point on the ride, we emerged from the woods and looked out at a field of hay. Just beyond the field is the red tin roof of Afton Mountain Vineyard’s tasting room, a glistening lake, and the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, creating the most idyllic country scene. It’s an absolutely stunning part of the winery that you don’t get to see if you drive by car.

Besides the scenery, we also greatly enjoyed getting to know the horses. These beautiful animals, owned and loved by Mimi Paixao, are so gentle and well-trained that even beginners can enjoy a winery trail ride.

Furthermore, Rebel’s Run is part of our Sip & Saddle Up wine package. Stay two nights at the Iris Inn, and you can enjoy a trail ride to Afton Mountain Vineyard, a bottle of wine in your room on arrival, a picnic lunch, and of course, breakfast at the Inn. All you have to do is book your room, then add the Sip & Saddle Up package to you online booking reservation. Click here to check out more of our wine packages.


Ready for a ride of your own? Reserve your room at the Iris Inn, bring some sturdy riding shoes, and be prepared for an equine adventure.