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!
James River Cellars Winery
11008 Washington Highway Glen Allen, VA 23059
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 basking in the fall weather on the patio or terrace. Celebrate Virginia Wine Month with a fantastic line up of events at the winery, including:
- Sundays in the Shade with live acoustic music - October 8th and 22nd
- Discover Wine Week - October 9th-15th
- Halloween Party on the Patio - October 27th
- Halloween Candy Wars - October 28th
- Pumpkin Decorating - October 30th
New Kent Winery
8400 Old Church Rd, New Kent, VA 23124
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, come for yoga and a farmer's market on October 15th, or enjoy Music & Food on the Porch, October 28-29th.
Saudé Creek Vineyards
16230 Cooks Mill Road, Lanexa, VA 23089
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 Friday Night Date Night on Friday evenings in October, or come for the afternoon music offerings on Saturdays and Sundays from 2-5 p.m. Don't miss the winery's 3rd Annual Halloween Haunted Hayride on October 27th, including wine, music, food, and spooky moments!
Ashton Creek Vineyard
14501 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Chester, VA 23831
One of the region’s newest wineries, the tasting room at Ashton Creek Vineyard opened last October. Located just off I-95 in Chesterfield County, Ashton Creek Vineyard offers up delectable wines, ciders, and small plates with exciting flavor profiles and deliciously sourced ingredients. Check out these upcoming events at Ashton Creek:
- Wine Wednesday Trivia - October 4th and 18th
- First Friday on the patio featuring local artist Justin Golden - October 6th
- Sunday Funday with live music by Way Down South - October 8th
- Class & Glass Yoga - October 8th
Upper Shirley Vineyards
600 Shirley Plantation Rd, Charles City, VA 23030
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 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. Weekend visitors can enjoy live music on Saturday and Sunday afternoons throughout October.
Black Heath Meadery
1313 Altamont Ave, Richmond, VA 23230
So Black Heath isn't technically a winery, but it is Richmond’s first meadery, which opened in the Scott’s Addition neighborhood 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.
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!
Looking for other fun events to pair with your winery adventure? Our 2017 RVA Fall Festival & Event Guide will give you plenty of ideas!
(Photo credits: Cover image: Upper Shirley Vineyards. In chronological order: James River Cellars Winery, Juliana Thomas, Saudé Creek Vineyards, Juliana Thomas, Upper Shirley Vineyards, Black Heath Meadery)