Pour the vino! October is Virginia Wine Month and the Richmond Region has some fabulous wineries that want to celebrate with you! Sample several varietals in the tasting room, buy a bottle to enjoy on-site with a picnic lunch, or take home a few bottles to share with family and friends. However you choose to celebrate, we hope you'll raise a glass and toast to the fabulous wines that are produced right here in the Richmond Region! Cheers!
A blend of urban convenience and quaint rural appeal, James River Cellars Winery has been producing fine Richmond wine since 2001. Located in historic Hanover County, the winery is just a short drive north of Richmond and less than 2 miles off I-95. Sample 12-14 wines in the tasting room, or pack a picnic and head outside to enjoy a bottle of wine while admiring the views from the patio or terrace. Celebrate Virginia Wine Month with a fantastic line up of events at the winery, including Fridays on the Patio on October 7th, a Halloween Party on the Patio on October 28th, Experience Virginia craft beverage festival on October 29th, and pumpkin decorating on October 30th.
Conveniently located just off Interstate 64, this environmentally sensitive winery was modeled to reflect an earlier time. The winery was built of historic materials reclaimed from buildings and structures well over a century old. Beautiful heart-pine trusses came from a 1901 Southern Railroad Depot located in Richmond’s Shockoe Bottom, and the stunning exterior facade boasts handmade pre-Civil War bricks. Tastings of New Kent wines and small plate selections are available and can be enjoyed on the spacious outdoor patios and lounging porches. Visit throughout October, or make plans to join them for Boos and Booze at the winery’s Halloween Party on October 28th from 5-8 p.m.
Located on the Pamunkey River in historic New Kent County, the climate and mineral-rich clay soils at Saudé Creek Vineyards contribute to their complex, food-friendly wines. The site once boasted Frank's Tavern, a colonial inn and public house for wayfarers riding through the area. George Washington and the French General Rochambeau, among other patriots and notables of the time, reputedly quenched their thirsts there. Enjoy delicious wine and music during the Friday Night Music Lounge every Friday in October, or come for the afternoon music offerings on Saturdays and Sundays from 2-5 p.m. There’s also a Cork-N-Brew Oyster Roast coming up on October 8th and a Haunted Hayride event on October 28th.
Richmond’s first meadery opened in Scott’s Addition in 2015, bringing the world's oldest fermented beverage into the 21st century using modern techniques and Virginia ingredients. The meadery’s traditional mead, The Muse, is a 12 percent ABV all-honey mead that is available year-round and serves as the base for all of the other mead varieties. Black Heath makes flavored meads from fruits, herbs, and spices that are available with the changing seasons. Stop by on Tuesday-Sunday afternoon to pick up a few bottles, or RSVP for a weekend tour and get an insider’s view into the mead making process.
Experience the magic of Upper Shirley Vineyards, a one-of-a-kind estate, winery, restaurant and wedding venue perched above the James River in Charles City. Though only 20 minutes from downtown Richmond, Upper Shirley Vineyards is ensconced in a rural wonderland. The estate boasts the history and scenic beauty on an epic scale, which is a perfect setting for enjoying the world-class wines made from estate-grown grapes. Wine-loving cycling enthusiasts rejoice! Upper Shirley Vineyards is located along the Virginia Capital Trail, so it’s the ideal spot to take a break and enjoy a delicious lunch with a glass or tasting of wine during your bike ride.
Bonus! Ashton Creek Vineyard
This one is a teaser because you can't enjoy it quite yet, but the Richmond Region’s newest winery and tasting room is coming soon! The farm at Ashton Creek is celebrating its 5th birthday this year by opening a brand new tasting room! Located just off I-95 in Chesterfield County, Ashton Creek Vineyard is planning to open to the public within the next few weeks! We’ll keep you posted, so stay tuned for more details!
Still thirsty for more wine? Check out the Wineries + Wine Bars section on VisitRichmondVA.com for additional spots where you can properly celebrate Virginia Wine Month in October and all year round!