Rockingham County Vineyards & Wineries
Publications ranging from Food & Wine magazine, the Washington Post, the New York Times and the Chicago Tribune have all touted wines grown and made in Virginia. Discover why Virginia’s considered one of the world’s next big wine regions. With each year our wines grow in popularity, but we’re still unique enough that you’ll impress your dinner party by serving your Virginia wine discovery.
Within Rockingham County, we’re fortunate enough to have three picturesque and well-regarded vineyards:
Named after the bluestone limestone that’s a main component in the local soil, this vineyard proudly grows a number of great European varietals. Although the Hartman family has been growing grapes and creating wine for their own enjoyment for quite awhile, it wasn’t until 2007 that they decided to go into the business of wine and expand their efforts. While best known for their cabernets because that varietal grows especially well in the Valley, they also produce Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Chambourcin. Their winery is open every day of the week, from 11am to 6pm Monday to Saturday and on Sundays from 1pm to 6pm and offers a variety of music and special events throughout the year.
Surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, this stunning architectural monument to wine is a romantic setting for locals and visitors alike. The Bakhtiar Family planted their first vines in 2001 and served their first glass of estate-grown wine in 2008. More than just producing great wines like Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, they also pride themselves on giving people insights into their art including how the grapes are grown, pressed and processed. Tours take place daily at Noon, 2pm and 4pm. And there’s always time for a tasting or a great meal in their Bistro.
Purple WOLF Vineyard
Alongside the stunning White Oak Lavender Farm you’ll find the Purple WOLF (White Oak Lavender Farm) Vineyard. What makes their tastings especially unique is the inclusion of lavender infusion drops, so you can experience how this subtle herb can dramatically change the taste of each of their wines. Right now their varietals include Traminette, Riesling, Sparkling Riesling, Viognier, Chambourcin and Cabernet Franc. They also offer a warm lavender mulled wine, which is likely a unique treat you’ll only experience here.