When one thinks of great wine, a bottle from the wine capitals of the world such as Italy, France, Germany, or Spain is probably what the mind conjures up.
Our Valley is a fertile one with great sprawling hills to grow on, surrounded by a horizon of blue mountains. Northern Virginia is home to its very own wine trail, further establishing our region as a top wine destination to explore. The Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail will take you through all the vineyards that you should be tasting at. Beyond that, you can even get the feel of another country right here in your own backyard!
For a Taste of France
One of the largest producers of wine in the world, France has some of the largest and numerous vineyards in the world. Home of your cabernet sauvignons, chardonnays, pinot noirs, sauvignon blancs and syrahs, all of which are now produced worldwide, the French have proven to be wine masters and connoisseurs since the 6th century BC.
If you’re looking for a French-inspired wine-and-dine, L’Auberge Provençale is the ideal place for a weekend getaway. Modeled after a Villa in the French countryside, the name itself translated from French means ‘The Provençal Inn.’ L’auberge is famous for its bed and breakfast experience, complete with plenty of French wine dinners and cooking classes.
One look at the Hillbrook Inn and Spa will tell you all you need to know about the inspiration behind it. Modeled after General Frank E. Bamford’s love of Normandy, where he stayed after WWI, the Hillbrook Inn is the complete package for those looking for a romantic stay in the mountains of West Virginia coupled with a great glass of red or white wine.
A Taste of Italy and Germany (and everywhere else)
The Locke Store is a shining gem here in the Shenandoah Valley. You’ll find the community-loved store tucked away in the little village of Millwood, Virginia, where old traditions and buildings still reign.
What better place to grab a taste of the old world with bottles imported globally from locations like Italy and Germany, than the Locke Store? A cult favorite, you’ll be able to choose from many different bottles, as half of their store is dedicated to the import of wines from all around the globe. Italian wines are amongst some of the most famous, and German wines are becoming a force to be reckoned with. One of our personal favorites that we pick up quite often? La Gerla – Brunello di Montalcino 2012.
A Taste of Spain
Spain is known for warm climates that easily ripen many different types of fruit, but they can achieve higher levels of altitude in the more mountains regions. The northern and northwestern areas of Spain that border the Atlantic also experience cold, wet weather, providing the landscape with fertile green grass beds. Spanish wines consist of Amontillado, Bodega, Cava, Fino and so many more that will make you wish you were sipping a glass while taking a siesta in the sun.
If you’re looking for a taste of Spanish wine or the feel of warm wooden farm villa beams, Magnolias at the Mill is where you should go. Set in a rustic and restored barn, Magnolias is home to many events featuring wines from around the world. Most recently was their Spanish Wine dinner, a five course dinner paired with 6 different hard-to-find Spanish wines. Keep an eye on their events list, you won’t want to miss their next one!
You can (and should!) travel around the world to see the sights and experience different cultures, its wonderful for developing and broadening your view of the world. Just remember that adventure can also be found in your own backyard! Our Shenandoah Valley is home to some of the greatest vineyards and destinations in the country. Where will you go next?