Discover Drinks, Food and Sights at Local Wineries for the Family Weekend | Culture

With the pristine scenery around the Harrisonburg area, visiting a local winery is a great way to experience the natural environment of the Shenandoah Valley. Family weekend is a wonderful time of year for families to reconnect – so why not spend it at one of these beautiful local wineries?

CrossKeys Vineyards

With sweeping valley views, this 125-acre CrossKeys Vineyards estate in Mt. Crawford offers a scenic getaway. The owners, the Bakhtiar family, bought the farm in 1999 and the first vines were planted two years later. CrossKeys has seen significant growth since then, as the property contains over 30 acres of vines, with plans to plant more vines in the future. According to its website, the CrossKeys logo – two skeleton keys forming an X – symbolizes “hospitality, excellence and a place of prestige”.

CrossKeys takes advantage of the valley’s extraordinary scenery by hosting weddings on the property. With the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Tuscan-style villa, CrossKeys Vineyards is a scenic spot for soon-to-be engaged couples.

The vineyard experience comes full circle as CrossKeys offers a bistro, pairing dishes to accompany its award-winning wines.

Family Weekend, CrossKeys is hosting an Italian Dinner on Friday, September 30. Tickets must be purchased prior to the event and seating begins at 6:30 p.m. This experience features a seven-course meal paired with CrossKeys Estate wine. All things considered, CrossKeys Vineyards offers a variety of activities for those who need a break from the stresses of life.

Brix Vineyards & Columns

Brix & Columns is located in the serene setting of the McGaheysville Valley. According to the website, in 2003 Steve and Stephanie Pence found beautiful land near their childhood homes, surrounded by the mesmerizing Blue Ridge Mountains. Les Pences began planting its first vines in 2015 and completed construction of the tasting room in 2017. Brix & Columns grows seven varietal wines, including Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Vidal and Viognier.

During Family Weekend, Brix & Columns hosts the River Rock Band for its Appellation Music series. The event will take place on Friday, September 30, from 6-9 p.m., and food is served by Shenandoah Street Food.

With sprawling green lawns and the spectacle of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Massanutten in the background, the passion for creating a special guest experience is evident through the Pences’ dedication to creating exquisite wine with their farming background, according to their website. Although this vineyard is relatively new, it has the potential to make a name for itself.

The Purple WOLF Vineyard

Also located in the middle of the Shenandoah Valley, White Oak Lavender Farm and The Purple WOLF Vineyard are owned and operated by the Haushalter family. Open to the public since 2008, the property includes 8,000 lavender plants and 3,000 vines. According to its website, Purple WOLF’s vision “is to be Virginia’s premier lavender destination, offering hospitality, hope, and encouragement through our high-quality food, bath, body, and spa products.”

In addition to a huge collection of lavender products, the farm offers 13 different wines and seasonal specialty wines. The landscape is sprawling with a beautiful backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains and a sea of ​​lush green grass. The farm offers many activities, including the wine tasting room, the lavender shop, the discovery area and the audio-guided tours of the farm.

During Family Weekend, from 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, October 1, the farm hosts live music performed by Chrome Tweed. Live music accompanied by a good glass of wine is a wonderful way to spend a Saturday afternoon with the family.

Put all worries aside and enjoy the fall season as you sample a variety of wines crafted by winemaker Randy Phillips, who has over 25 years of winemaking experience. The website lists a dozen wine options — six whites and six reds — with names like “Dragonfly” and “Pardon My Purple.” So if you’re an adventurous type inclined towards a once-in-a-lifetime weekend experience, a visit to The Purple WOLF Winery might be for you.

Blue stone vineyard

Located in Bridgewater, the Bluestone Vineyard sits on heavenly land that shows its beauty from every angle. Since the planting of the first grapes in 2008, production has increased from 500 cases of wine in 2010 to 5,000 cases today.

Curt Hartman, president of Bluestone Vineyard, said the quality of the winery is down to agriculture and winemaking. Because of Bluestone’s focus on its craft, its wines have received critical acclaim from places like the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition. Currently, Bluestone offers 22 different wines on its wine list.

The Hartman family is local to the valley, Hartman said, because they take agricultural heritage very seriously. In fact, Bluestone Vineyard is currently harvesting its grapes.

For Family Weekend, Bluestone Vineyard will send a representative to Friday night flights to the JMU campus. The event will take place on September 30 at Bridgeforth Stadium and will begin at 7 p.m. Offering a variety of wines to try, Friday Night Flights is a great opportunity to not only learn about Bluestone Winery, but other businesses in the Shenandoah Valley as well.

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