Chesapeake Wine Festival


Swirl, Sip and Savor



Chesapeake Bay Wine Festival
September 24 & 25, 2011  11AM - 5PM

Enjoy a day with the wine trail
Stratford Hall - Home of the Virginia Lees
in Stratford, Virginia

Tastings & Sales from local wineries
along with Bay Seafood, artisans & craftsmen
Rain or Shine
Info - 804-493-8038
Purchase tickets online at


Tours and Tastings in Virginia's Chesapeake Bay Country

What’s all the excitement about with winery tours?  Each year over a million people visit wineries in Virginia, and you'll find that our wineries offer their own inviting regional flair.   The settings are vastly different, but every winery has many wonderful things in common. They all have rows of vines trellised over gently rolling hills. 

You’ll also find tasting rooms and gift shops with all things grape.  Water-related scenes abound - you are never far from the Chesapeake Bay or our rivers, the Rappahannock and Potomac. With a winery tour you’ll enjoy vineyard vistas and a great spot to share your passion for grapes with friends.  Pack a picnic lunch and meet me on the patio.


The wineries are on roads well traveled and your occasional country back road offers a unique glimpse of farm life here in Chesapeake Bay country.

Cabernet grapes on the vine

Some of our roads are designated as scenic byways but most people think they all are.  Your journey takes you over serene waterways and by pastures and fields of grain.

Before long grapevines are in sight, and the tasting room staff greets you.  Tours range from informal walks through the vines and views of tanks and barrels to lessons in winemaking and the history of wine.  Fascinating, educational and, of course, fun for everyone. 

Each winery is unique and they range from a well-seasoned “Godfather” to almost brand-spanking new.  In the last six years the wine industry has exploded in Virginia, and in Chesapeake Bay Country, like Bordeaux France, is a great place for grapes, too.  Now the Northern Neck has hundreds of acres of grapes and is helping expand the $100 million wine industry in Virginia.

For a small or no fee you can sample the wines, learn about how the grapes are grown and ponder the winemakers secret to such intriguing flavors.  Tasting procedures vary, but the winery staff will gladly help you with techniques to evaluate the clarity, aroma and flavor of their wines. 

Stuffy, not at all – wine tasting is easy and you are bound to find something you can enjoy now or savor later.  Wine is generally available by the glass or bottle.  If you like it, buy it – most of these wines are only available at the winery.

Everyone is welcome – pets too, in designated areas.  Obviously the under 21 folks will be limited to observing, but the sights and sounds at a winery are interesting to kids of all ages.  Wine tasting with friends is a great way to explore the hidden treasures of the Northern Neck.  With the passport sticker program you can even get rewards for visiting all of the wineries. 

What wine pairs best with a crab dish?  Visit our trail and make it an easy decision. The tasting rooms are ready for a visit most of the time, so plan your adventure today.  See for days and hours of operation.

  Women's Black Wines Constantly Tee

Wine a bit flag

Wino x-ing



The story of the
Northern Neck Wineries

A behind the scenes visit to the six wineries in the region.  This keepsake DVD is bound to please any wine lover interested in Virginia wines and the Northern Neck appellation.  A great primer for a tour of the area. 
$13.75 - free shipping


Northern Neck Wine Trail

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