The Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail

rich history, rich wines

The Shenandoah Valley AVA is emerging as one of the country’s most exciting wine producing regions, and it is no wonder with the limestone soil, higher elevation, cooler nights, and less rainfall. All of this combines to provide some of the state’s best growing conditions. Many of our winemakers have received top recognition both state and nation-wide for the wines they are producing. All our members are excited to be part of this growing area and establish an award winning reputation. 

In addition to producing award-winning wines, our scenery is breathtaking with the Blue Ridge, Massanutten, and Allegheny Mountains as our backdrop. The sprawling countryside invites a time of relaxation as you are sipping on our wines. Most of our vineyards are family-run, with the owners frequently found behind the tasting bar. A tour of the Valley’s wineries offers a special experience, with rural scenery, entertainment, quality restaurants and award winning wines. 

Upcoming Events

Shenandoah Valley Wine Festival

The Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail is excited to once again host our Annual Wine Festival. We will return to the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, on Saturday, June 22, 2024, 1 pm - 7 pm. There will be wine tastings, live music, craft vendors, and more. Tickets are now available!

Virginia Winery to Be Featured at German Winery’s 400th Anniversary

Cave Ridge Vineyard, located in Mount Jackson, VA, was chosen to provide one of its award-winning red wines, the 2019 Fossil Hill Reserve, at the 400th Anniversary celebration of the Richard Böcking Winery in Traben-Trarback, Germany.  Fossil Hill 2019 won a gold medal in the 2024 Governor’s Cup Competition and was one of the top 12 of the more than 750 wines entered.

The German winery produces world-class Riesling wines that are sold in twenty-two countries, but they produce only a limited number of red wines. The celebration will take place at the winery on June 14 and 15, located in the picturesque town of Traben-Trarbach on the Middle Mosel River, ending with a reception for 400 expected guests at a 19th century restored building that was formerly a mail order wine shop. 

            The owners of Richard Böcking Winery, Denman Zirkle, and his daughter, Sigrid Carrol, selected Cave Ridge to provide the red wine for the celebration because of the quality of wines produced at the Virginia winery for nearly 25 years. 

Owner and Winemaker Randy Phillips said, “it is an honor to play a small part in the celebration of a winery that has been in the same family for 15 generations, and to have the opportunity to present our wines to an international audience.”

Cave Ridge’s vineyard was planted beginning in 2001 and the tasting room opened in 2005. All wines are estate grown and produced and have garnered numerous gold medals and awards including winning the Shenandoah Cup twice—in 2022 for the 2019 Fossil Hill Reserve and in 2020 for the 2017 Petit Verdot.

Explore the Shenandoah Valley Wine Trail

All of our winery members take the great pleasure in welcoming visitors to sample their wines, relax in the countryside between mountain and farmland, and share their pride in Virginia’s winemaking heritage.