Sample Itinerary #1
Just off Route 301 you’ll find Oak Crest Winery. Enjoy the relaxed old-world atmosphere of the post-and-beam tasting room and an outdoor patio.
Continue south to Ingleside Vineyards and enjoy award-winning wines from one of the oldest and largest wineries in Virginia. Ingleside was also the first winery on the Northern Neck.
As part of your day, why not enjoy a delicious seafood lunch in Colonial Beach, a historic town and beach on the Potomac River?
Looking for historic attractions? You are not far from several attractions – George Washington’s Birthplace, James Monroe Birthplace and Stratford Hall, home of the Lees of Virginia. You can also check out the King George Historical Society or the Dahlgren Heritage Museum.
Want to find something fun for the kids? How about a visit to the Westmoreland Berry Farm, where you can pick your own berries and enjoy a fresh fruit sundae overlooking the Rappahannock River.
Or maybe outdoor activities are more your thing? Then make a stop at Westmoreland State Park to enjoy kayaking, paddleboarding or a nature hike.
There are so many activities, you may want to stay overnight! No problem, Ingleside Vineyards has two overnight guest cottages or you can stay at a historic B&B in the area.
Sample Itinerary #2
If you’re heading east on Route 3 (Kings Highway), you will pass through Montross, a quaint historic town that makes a great place to start your journey. Here, you can grab a bite to eat or a great cup of coffee! Consider a stop at the Westmoreland County Museum & Visitor’s Center to learn more about local history. Or perhaps a visit to the Carrot Cottage, also an information hub for the Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail, where you can pick up a Wine Trail passport brochure, as well as other winery brochures.
After leaving Montross, turn onto Route 202 to reach Vault Field Vineyards. If you are headed through the area during the summer, you will find several farmers markets with fresh local produce. Enjoy your tasting at Vault Field after passing through the beautiful vineyards. Be sure to ask your pourer for directions to General’s Ridge Vineyard, located just a few miles down the road.
As you enter General’s Ridge Vineyard, you will notice the historic Manor house built in the 1800’s. Enjoy your tasting in the “Somewhere In Time” tasting room. If you find you are ready for something to eat, there is a bistro menu to enjoy while sitting in the “Vineyard Views” tasting room.
Next, head down Route 203 and continue through the town of Warsaw and head towards Tappahannock, located just across the Rappahannock River in the Middle Peninsula. Just north of Tappahannock, you will find our newest member winery, Caret Cellars.
Want to add a historical stop on your trip? Check out the museum and ruins at Menokin, home of Francis Lightfoot Lee, a signer of the Declaration of Independence.
This makes for quite a trip so if you are thinking of making a weekend of it, there are several lodging options, including cottages at Belle Mount and two properties at General’s Ridge Vineyard. Or choose from a selection of B&B’s in the area.
Sample Itinerary #3
Begin your journey at The Dog & Oyster Vineyard. It is America’s only vineyard to craft wines to be paired with oysters. You can’t miss finding this one – look for the giant corkscrews!
Along your route, stop by the Historic Christ Church in Weems and see why it was named one of the Top Three Historic Sites in Eastern Virginia by the readers of Virginia Living Magazine.
Continue your wine excursion to Good Luck Cellars. Be sure to stop and romp with the rescue dogs, and then enjoy a bottle of wine on the lovely porch. Be sure to taste their signature red, the Inheritage.
Lunch time? Stop in historic Kilmarnock and enjoy lunch at one of the many local restaurants serving everything from Virginia comfort food to Thai!
Next stop by two wineries that are some of the only wineries in Virginia accessible by water. Jaunt down to Jacey Vineyards off Route 200 and situated on Mill Creek. Be sure to try the Malbec. Then don’t miss Athena Vineyards. Owned by three nurses, Athena is named after the Greek Goddess of Wisdom. Don’t forget to sample the Sweet Notes Red.
Want to stay in the area overnight? Several of our wineries offer overnight accommodations, including the Hope & Glory Inn (which owns The Dog & Oyster Vineyard) and the Villas at Jacey Vineyards. Other local options include local B&B’s and the historic Tides Inn Resort.
Make your visit to our Wine Trail even easier by working with one of transportation partners:
James River Transportation (Richmond, Williamsburg & Norfolk, VA)
James Limousine (Richmond, VA)
Elsie Belman Limo & Airport Service (Fredericksburg, VA)