Beliveau Farm Winery

Nestled in the mountains near Blacksburg, Virginia, this was actually my second trip to Beliveau. My first was a few years ago and a bachelorette where we hit on the tasting room attendant for a friend and were not-so-hilariously rejected. Since then, they’ve switched to stemless glasses due to some breakage issues, but the quality of the wine remains just as good.

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The Dog & Oyster Vineyard

Have you ever heard of the term “terroir” before? It’s a French term that basically expresses that grapes taste like where they are grown. You can take two identical grapes and make wine with them in identical ways, but if grown in separate places, you’ll still get totally different wines. The Dog & Oyster Vineyard completely capitalizes on this. Located in Virginia’s Northern Neck and right next to the bay, you can taste the salty brine-y goodness of the sea in their wines. This ain’t your typical Virginia mountain winery.

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Stone Mountain Vineyards

Getting to Stone Mountain Vineyards is a worthwhile adventure. It sits at the top of a long, gravely mountain road, where luckily we only had to pass someone once. In their tasting room, shirts are sold advertising that you survived the drive up and they aren’t kidding! Legend has it that once a Hummer limo containing a bachelorette party got stuck and a tree had to be chainsawed down to get them safely home.

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Molon Lave Vineyards

Molon Lave Vineyards was a gem of a Warrenton find. Located on over 50 acres, they focus on traditional European (mainly Greek) styles. With their vines first being planted in 2003, the winery and tasting room opened its doors 10 years ago this month! On your tasting list, you’ll mainly find 100% varietals of wines–basically, Molon Lave has enough faith in their grapes to let them speak for themselves. However, you’ll also find a few welcome surprises.

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Whitebarrel Winery

After 64 wineries and an iPhone full of pictures, I have a bit of a backlog of wineries to review. After deep thought and introspection, aka a glass of mulled wine yesterday at brunch, I’ve come up with a new non-scientific method to figure out how to order these reviews out. For at least the next few posts, my plan is to focus on Virginia wineries that are criminally underrated. There are more than 312 wineries in the state, but sometimes it seems like the industry is only looking at the heavy hitters. Hopefully, over these next few posts, you’ll get ideas of some new, smaller operations that are well worth your time.

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