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!

Muse Vineyards to Pour Wines at Foreign Service Centennial Celebration

WASHINGTON, D.C. – May 14, 2024- Muse Vineyards, a Shenandoah County Virginia winery founded by a former Foreign Service Officer, has been selected as the featured wine for the centennial celebration dinner of the nation’s professional diplomatic corps. The dinner, hosted by The American Foreign Service Association and the Director General of the Foreign Service, Marcia Bernicat, will take place on May 21st, 2024, in the Benjamin Franklin State Dining Room at the Department of State. Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, and Director of National Intelligence, William Burns will be in attendance and deliver remarks.

Sally Grooms Cowal, owner of Muse Vineyards and a former ambassador, expressed her delight: “We are honored to have our wines served at this significant event. Our Erato white blend and our signature Bordeaux-style blend, Clio, will be featured.”

Cowal attributes Muse Vineyards’ success, including winning the prestigious Virginia Governor’s Cup, to meticulous vineyard practices and a low-intervention winemaking philosophy. “Fine wine is made in the vineyard,” says Cowal, “We let our grapes, grown in the unique microclimate of the Shenandoah Valley, truly shine.”

Reflecting on the role of wine in diplomacy, Cowal stated, “Wine has long been a tool of statecraft, fostering open conversations that lead to understanding. Thomas Jefferson, America’s first Secretary of State who planted European grapevines at his Monticello estate, would be proud to see Virginia wines featured at such a distinguished event.”

About Muse Vineyards: Muse Vineyards is a Shenandoah County, Virginia winery founded by former Ambassador Sally Cowal and her husband Robert Muse. Their commitment to quality and respect for terroir has led to numerous national and international awards.

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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.

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