Ultimate Guide To Shenandoah Valley Wineries, Breweries, Distilleries, Cideries, And Events…
Ultimate Guide To Shenandoah Valley Wineries, Breweries, Distilleries, Cideries, And Events
We hope you enjoy our comprehensive guide to Shenandoah Valley wineries, breweries, distilleries, and cideries. Find out where you can relax and have fun with a glass of your favorite wine, beer, spirit, or hard cider. Cheers!
The Shenandoah Valley is renowned for its natural beauty, which includes acres of farmland where many of the wineries and breweries on our list are located. The Valley is also home to charming small towns where you can enjoy a locally made craft brew with live music and food truck fare. From the independent city of Harrisonburg, home to James Madison University, to Shenandoah County’s hotbed of vineyards, there are endless opportunities to relax and have fun with a glass of your favorite wine, beer, spirit, or hard cider.
F&M Bank is a proud community bank with locations across the Shenandoah Valley including six in Harrisonburg and surrounding Rockingham County. We hope you enjoy our comprehensive guide to Shenandoah Valley wineries, breweries, distilleries, and cideries. Use it to plan a vacation, weekend outing, or check the dates of upcoming festivals. We love this region and love to support local businesses, many of which are family-owned. Many people say the Valley is a great place to raise a family and a great place to grow wine grapes, two occupations that can be very compatible as you’ll see from our list. Cheers!
James Charles Winery and Vineyards
4063 Middle Rd.
Located in the picturesque rolling hills just outside of Old Town Winchester, this winery specializes in classic wines such as Riesling and Cabernet Franc, as well as newer grapes like Sauvignon Blanc and Syrah. You can experience a classic tasting of red and white wines, a seated tasting with food pairings, or picnic on the winery grounds. James Charles also features seasonal special events as well as weekly live music on Saturdays and Sundays, and wood-fired pizza from a local vendor on Friday nights.
Valerie Hill Vineyard and Winery
1687 Marlboro Rd.
Valerie Hill takes its name from the early 19th century manor house on the 18 acre farm the winery is located on. They are open daily for wine tastings and purchases of wine by the glass or bottle, with a light weekend food menu Friday through Sunday. If you visit on the weekend you can also catch one of their live music performances or special events. Check the website for their current calendar.
7384 Zepp Rd.
Nestled along the bank of Cedar Creek, this winery offers “estate bottled, handcrafted” Cabernet Franc and Chardonnay. The narrow focus allows for many personal touches, such as wine tastings with the owner on Sundays between 11-5, April through November. You can bring your own food to enjoy with the wine.
21 N Loudoun St.
The family behind this brewery traces its heritage to the Alsace-Lorraine region in France, which is known for its brewers’ commitment to purity and authenticity. With these guiding principles, the Ritenour family offers a choice selection of brews on tap, accompanied by wood-fired pizzas, salads, and Roma appetizers.
14 W. Boscawen St.
This nano brewery specializes in a variety of craft beers. They are open Wednesday-Sunday in downtown Winchester.
142 W. Commercial St.
Started by two friends with a shared love of beer, this brewery boasts a diverse selection of craft brews, from pilsners and IPAs to stouts. On Sundays they offer special pricing on growlers, and Thursday evenings you can enjoy live music at the brewery. They also offer tours by request. While there is no food menu, guests are welcome to bring their own grub, and Escutcheon sometimes partners with local food trucks.
320 N. Cameron St.
This brand new (opened in 2016) 3-barrel nano brewery in Old Town is notable for being the only majority woman-owned brewery in Virginia. Guests can bring their own food to pair with the seasonal selections on tap such as a “Key Lime Shandy” for spring.
150 Ridgemont Rd.
This picturesque brewery is located on an herb farm, which provides some of the ingredients for the from-scratch food. With a pet-friendly policy and outdoor games to keep the kids amused, it’s a great place for families and everyone else to enjoy one of over 20 beer recipes in rotation.
2504 N. Frederick Pike
This cidery is the result of a partnership between a local Shenandoah Valley orchardist and an Englishman longing for the quality cider at home. The tasting room is open Friday through Sunday, and they occasionally offer orchard and cidery tours (check the website for current offerings). Winchester Ciderworks produces signature, barrel aged, and naturally fermented ciders.
864 Shepherds Mill Road
Producing a wide array of red and white wines, from Chambourcin to Chardonnay, as well as seasonal varieties like their Raspberry Sangria, 612 Vineyard is a relaxing and scenic place to enjoy good wine and a picnic with family and friends. They also have special events such as live music and dog-centric days.
905 Quarry Rd.
Visit their tasting room, open at noon every day of the year. You can also experience the Habana Terrace, Veramar’s outdoor cigar and wine lounge. Veramar also offers Friday and Saturday picnics, in which you can enjoy a full meal with your Veramar wine, as well as occasional tours by request.
4615 Remount Rd.
Newly established in 2017, this “small Virginia estate winery” produces small batches of red and white wines, which you can sample in their tasting room, open Friday through Sunday from 11-6.
2244 Browntown Rd.
The family that operates this winery has owned the farm it sits on since 1901, a history that led the state to recognize Glen Manor as a “Century Farm.” They established the original vineyards in 1995 and have been adding to it ever since. Glen Manor’s selection of wines includes Sauvignon Blanc, Petit Manseng, Morales Rose, Vin Rouge, Cabernet Franc, St. Ruth, Hodder Hill, Petit Verdot, and Raepheus. The winery is open Saturday through Monday for tastings and to sell wine by the glass or bottle. Only service dogs are allowed on the grounds. No food is served but you can bring your own.
122 E. Main St.
This brand new (not yet opened at the time of this writing) brewpub in downtown Front Royal celebrated their first day of brewing on April 26th. Check them out on Facebook to follow their progress and find out when they open.
DeMello Vineyards at Third Hill
2110 Quicksburg Rd.
This scenic winery in the heart of Shenandoah County offers a comfortable and homey experience. They invite visitors to “come and wine down” at a tasting, enjoy a glass (or share a bottle) of their delicious wine. Pack a picnic basket when you visit during the spring, summer and fall months to enjoy a lunch on their wrap-around porches or outdoor pavilion.
16 Serendipity Ln.
This boutique vineyard won the 2015 Virginia Governor’s Cup for its 2009 Clio, a Bordeaux-blend. The Muse Tasting Room is open Friday through Sunday with light food and snacks available for purchase in addition to the wine. Tours are available by appointment.
North Mountain Vineyard and Winery
4374 Swartz Rd.
Experience the beauty of the Shenandoah Valley countryside while feeling like you’re a guest at a French chateau. North Mountain has been growing their grapes for over thirty years and you can purchase their wine by the glass or bottle, or through a tasting. Like James Charles, the expansive grounds at North Mountain are perfect for a picnic.
3659 South Ox Rd.
Established in 1976, Shenandoah Vineyards is one of the Valley’s oldest wineries. Their tasting room is open Wednesday through Sunday from 10-5.
123 Stout Rd.
Taking its name from a geographical feature of the Great North Mountains, Wolf Gap Vineyard is a 48 acre estate producing small batches of rich red wines, a range of whites, and semi-sweet rosé and blueberry wines. Their tasting room is open Fridays through Mondays from 12-7 and on weekends only from 12-5 during winter months. Call ahead to schedule a private tour. You can also enjoy the new hiking trail and pond picnic area.
The Vineyards at Kindred Pointe
3575 Conicville Rd.
This former horse farm produces a variety of wines, hard ciders, and sangria on tap. The tasting room is open Friday through Sunday and they also sell wine-themed merchandise.
1476 Conicville Rd.
Down the street from Kindred Point you’ll find Cave Ridge Vineyard. Open six days a week (they’re closed on Tuesdays), their tasting room sometimes features live music and other special events (check the calendar for upcoming attractions).
Mountain View Vineyard
444 Signal Knob Drive
This boutique winery takes its name from its scenic position between Massanutten Mountain and the Shenandoah River. They don’t have fixed hours but you can schedule a tasting by appointment.
123 E. Court St.
(540) 459-BREW (2739)
This brewery takes great pride in the community, from naming itself after the town of Woodstock to restoring a historic former industrial building off of Main Street. Visit on a Thursday evening to enjoy live music, order food to accompany your beer on weekday evenings and Sundays, check out the barbecue restaurant that shares the same space, and taste the seasonal brew offerings.
Ridge Runner Farms and Brewing Company
6895 Back Rd.
The name of this brewery (ridge runner means mountain farmer) honors the long history of farming in the Shenandoah Valley. As with the Backroom Brewery, Ridge Runner Farms grows ingredients for its brews as well as selling fresh produce and local products at its farm market. Choose between IPAs, ales, and stouts. There is also a bustling events calendar featuring live music, trivia nights, and other fun activities.
4176 Swover Creek Rd.
Looking for a more family friendly taproom experience? Visit this combination farm, brewery, and brick oven pizza kitchen. There’s even a dog park for your canine family member(s). Trivia night happens on the third Thursday of the month.
50 Maurertown Mill Rd.
Maurertown, VA 22644
Borrowing their approach from Scotland, this distillery produces whiskey and gin in small batches using wine barrels to obtain a fruity note in the flavor.
356 Ruffners Ferry Rd.
Owned by a longtime Shenandoah Valley farming family, River Hill produces bourbon, corn whiskey, and country wine in small batches. You can visit the distillery Friday-Sunday to meet the owners and purchase spirits or wine as well as their meat products.
Faithbrooke Barn and Vineyards
267 Elgin Drive
This new winery produces red and white grapes, with new varieties added each year. Visits are by appointment only; their focus seems to be more on weddings and events than tastings.
2150 Mims Rd.
This vineyard and tasting room is located on a working cattle farm. They currently serve wines from Barren Ridge Vineyards in Fishersville, but plan to expand their own grape growing this spring. Enjoy indoor and outdoor seating, cornhole boards, and cheese and meat trays available for purchase.
1126 Marksville Rd.
There are many fun and free events to experience at the Wisteria winery including live music and the opportunity to stomp grapes. You can also drop in for a tasting between 12-6 every day except Tuesday/Wednesday. The farm is home to free-range chickens and natural-colored Romney sheep, for your viewing or egg-and-yarn-buying pleasure.
22 Zerkel St.
Luray, VA 22835
Their slogan is “grown here, brewed here,” a reference to their commitment to use locally grown hops and other ingredients in their beers. In the warmer months there is a dog-friendly beer garden.
2644 Cross Keys Rd.
This winery shares an owner with Cave Ridge Vineyard in Mount Jackson. Every week at Purple Wolf you can enjoy “Wine Down Wednesdays,” when the outside wine bar stays open until 7pm and you can enjoy live jazz music and complimentary pistachios with your wine.
4828 Spring Creek Rd.
Named after a type of limestone that is common in the soil, this winery bustles seven days a week with live music and other events, which you can experience indoors or outside, as you visit the hilltop tasting room.
6011 E. Timber Ridge Rd.
The tasting room and bistro at this winery are open daily for wine flights, tastings, and food pairings. Established in 2001, CrossKeys offers a wider selection of wines than some of the newer vineyards in the area.
1501 Dave Berry Rd.
This one-year-old winery sprung up on a family farm once the owners realized the potential of their land. Visit their tasting room Wednesdays through Saturdays to sample their “fine collection of wines.”
800 N. Main St.
Harrisonburg, VA 22802
As its name suggests, this brewery is run by three brothers who grew up in Harrisonburg. Open daily at 4pm during the week and at noon on weekends, Brothers Craft Brewing features live music and other events as well as different food trucks.
241 E. Market St.
Established in 2013, this brewery has lots of Virginia pride, with several locations in the commonwealth besides Harrisonburg.
Restless Moons Brewing Company
120 W Wolfe St.
Formerly known as Wolfe Street Brewing Company before it reopened under new ownership in early 2018, the Restless Moons taproom is open six days a week and they are working on adding regular events to their calendar.
Old Hill Cider
17768 Honeyville Rd.
Timberville, VA 22853
Calling itself The Shenandoah Valley’s original hard cidery, you can visit Old Hill’s tasting room to try their “artisan hard cider” or enjoy a family picnic on the beautiful orchard grounds. They also sell plants and a variety of local products.
44 Middlebrook Ave.
Staunton, VA 24401
Visit their tasting room, open daily in the historic Wharf district of downtown Staunton. In addition to enjoying a glass of wine, you can peruse local art in the upstairs and downstairs galleries.
984 Barren Ridge Rd.
Fishersville, VA 22939
Formerly an apple orchard, this family-owned winery hosts live music on Friday and Saturday nights. Their tasting room is open daily, with extended hours during the summer. Celebrate Independence Day with Barren Ridge’s annual Pork & Cork event. They also hold a Swedish Fire Festival annually in January.
2303 N. Augusta St.
This “nanobrewery” produces Belgian and French-style farm ales as well as other seasonal brews that reflect local heritage. In their pub you can enjoy wood oven pizza with your beer as well as other menu items made with locally sourced ingredients.
103 West Beverley St.
(540) 887-BEER (2337)
This craft brewery serves pints, allows patrons to create their own beer flight, and fills any growler. No food is served on the premises but you can bring your own snack or meal.
834 Springhill Rd.
Their slogan, “Not just a Brewery. It’s an Experience!”, is illustrated by the robust events calendar (weekly open mics and live music nights), “eclectic menu” of beers, and rotating Friday night food trucks.
375 Madrid Rd.
Love horses and beer? This brewery combines those different passions. Originally a horse boarding farm, the owners added a taproom and restaurant. Visit to sample the food and beer, gaze at the horses, or stay overnight in one of their B&B suites. Stable Craft also hosts regular special events.
1010 East Main St.
The taproom is open six days a week with occasional live music, food truck visits, and recurring events such as trivia.
2508 Jefferson Hwy #1
Visit the taproom to sample one of their beers and order food from the Nobos kitchen, including Sunday brunch. There are many fun events to experience as well, such as cornhole tournaments and Saturday night live music.
35 Hill View Lane
Raphine, VA 24472
The tasting room is open daily with regular special events, such as “Uncorked Sundays” featuring live music and food trucks.
Devil’s Backbone Outpost Brewery and Tap Room
50, 3303 N Wind Ln
Lexington, VA 24450
Experience a weekend brewery tour, special events, and pints in the tap room seven days a week.
60 Great Valley Lane
Natural Bridge, VA 24578
The tasting room is open five days a week (Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays). Look at their events page for upcoming live music and food truck visits.
Shenandoah Valley Alcohol Trails And Festivals
Overwhelmed by the sheer number of great local wineries, breweries, distilleries, and cideries? These four websites provide “trail” resources and maps to help you experience the best of the region in an efficient and enjoyable manner.
Festivals are another great way to experience a variety of local wineries and breweries in a fun atmosphere with music, food, craft sales and more.
- Virginia Cider Festival (July 21, 2018)
- Virginia Food Truck Battle (September 2, 2018)
- Shenandoah Autumnfest (October 13, 2018)
- Apple Harvest Celebration (October 20, 2018)
- Shenandoah Uncorked (November 10, 2018)
Supporting Local Businesses Since 1908
As one of the oldest community banks in the Shenandoah Valley, F&M is proud to support and invest in local and family-owned businesses such as Jack Brown’s Beer & Burger Joint in Harrisonburg. We take an active role in helping businesses buy property, meet expenses with lines of credit, and other essential services. Learn more about the ways in which a strategic partnership with F&M Bank can help you start or grow your business.