October is one of our favorites time of the year, not only because of the resurgence of pumpkin spice flavors, the bright fall foliage, and the spooky fun of Halloween, but also because it just so happens to be Virginia Wine Month. We’re fortunate enough to be located a quick drive away from some of Virginia’s top wineries, so keep reading to take a look at a few of our favorites. And of course, book your stay at the Iris Inn for a truly relaxing, vinous vacation.
Veritas Vineyard, Afton: Combining the technology of the modern era with traditional vinification principles, Veritas Vineyard produces some incredible regional wines that have won various awards. And while winetasting here is excellent on its own, you also have the opportunity to enjoy a number of annual events, where delicious food, talented live performers, and starry night skies complement your drink selection.
Jefferson Vineyards, Charlottesville: Take a step back in time and browse the very first vineyard to bring viticulture as we know it to Virginia. Thomas Jefferson began his vineyards to craft quality wine entirely in and of Virginia, and we think this Founding Father would be pretty proud of all the vineyard has accomplished today.
King Family Vineyards, Crozet: This beautifully located vineyard is known for both is excellent wine and its fun polo matches. Although polo season is almost over for the year, there are still a couple of matches left, so if you’ll be in the area, check out these free events! (Plus, King Family wine is always available at polo matches, so what could be a more relaxing way to enjoy a Sunday afternoon?)
Afton Mountain Vineyards, Afton: At this mountaintop vineyard, you’ll enjoy a variety of award-winning wines and some absolutely breathtaking Virginia scenery. After all, as the winery says, “grapes don’t grow in ugly places.” (Trivia: Certain vines at Afton Mountain are more than 35 years old, making them some of the oldest vines in Virginia.)
Ready for your Virginia Wine Month vacation? We look forward to seeing you here soon!