Last night I had the wonderful opportunity to attend a Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail meeting. This group of award-winning wineries and vineyard run along the Northern Neck of Virginia. Starting in King George and running down to New Kent, Virginia, these location are in and around some of the most beautiful areas of Virginia.
During this meeting, I met with most of the wineries. The meeting took place at General’s Ridge Vineyards. As I pulled in to the vineyard, I have to say I was very overwhelmed with the beauty of the vineyards and the Manor House standing at the back.
As I drove up the drive, I could see that they were busy harvesting the grapes. I don’t know if you know this, but they pick them all by hand! No machines! Talk about lots of work!
I got to the back of the vineyard and got a good look at the Manor House on the hill. It is a beautiful old plantation home that stands watch over the fields.
When I parked to go into the meeting, I was right beside the fields. Look at how heavy these vines are with “ready to pick” grapes! It was so hard not to reach over and take some!
After the meeting, I got to see some of the grapes that had been harvested.
First them place them into small boxes.
Then they move them to larger boxes.
When I was standing there, a couple of the owners from other wineries reach in and took a few.
So did I! Yum!
The Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail has 10 Wineries and Vineyards,
King George, VA 22485
Hours: Apr 1-Dec 23, Wed-Sun 10am-5pm, or by appointment. Closed Easter & Thanksgiving.
Oak Grove, VA 22443
Hours: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun Noon-5pm, summer daily-6pm
Warsaw, VA 22572
Hours: Mar -Dec 15, Wed-Sat 11am-5pm, Sun Noon-5pm
or by appointment
1618 Weldons Dr.
Hague, VA 22469
Hours: Thurs 12-5pm, Fri 12-7pm, Sat 12-6pm, Sun 12-5pm.
2953 Kings Mill Rd.
P.O. Box 128
Routes 601 & 602
Kinsale, VA 22488
Hours: Feb 13 -Dec, Thur-Sat 11am-5pm, Sun, Noon-5pm, or by appointment.
Summer open until 6pm
Jan-Feb 13, Fri, Sat & Sun 11am-5pm
Closed Jan 12 & 13
3138 Jessie Dupont Memorial Hwy
Heathsville, VA 22473
Hours: Jan-April, Fri-Sun Noon-5pm,
May-Dec, Wed-Sun Noon-6pm
804-580-4944 or 804-580-7327
619 Train Lane
Wicomico Church, VA 22579
Hours: Apr-Dec, Wed-Sat 11am-5pm
1025 Good Luck Road
Hours: Thursday and Saturday from 11am to 6pm, on Friday from 11am to 8pm and Sunday from Noon to 5pm.
Closed Thanksgiving & Christmas
170 White Fences Drive
P.O. Box 677
Irvington, VA 22480
Hours: Thur-Mon, 11am-6pm
8400 Old Church Road
New Kent, Virginia 23124
Hours: Tues-Sun 10am-6pm
So come and enjoy a glass of wine and taste the harvest this year on the Northern Neck!
Start your “Trail Run” at Belle Grove Plantation!
Most of these Wineries and Vineyards will be at the Stratford Hall Wine and Oyster Festival Saturday, September 21st and Sunday, September 22nd. This festival is a great opportunity to taste the regional wines and enjoy a wonderful weekend at the plantation!
Thank you to all the Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail Owners for the invitation and to Terri of General’s Ridge for making sure
We hope to see you soon at the plantation!
To see what is going on at the plantation
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