This past Sunday we made another short trip to wineries and a cidery with a yummy stop beforehand. We went to four, but they were quite spaced out and so beautiful that we usually just stayed a while after each tasting to enjoy the scenery. However, our first stop was BBQ Exchange. We go whenever we get a chance (Thank you, Josh!) and we love this place! It’s in Gordonsville and oh-so-good! It’s literally right on Route 33 and an awesome stop for lunch or dinner. Go and try and you will thank us!
Basically we made a loop from Harrisonburg through Albemarle County. Headed east on Route 33, then caught 64 back. It worked really well! Our first stop was Albemarle Cider Works. We had been to Castle Hill with Sean’s mom a while ago, so I already knew it wasn’t exactly what I wanted, so we tried a new cidery. There are only a handful in the state, so we’ll see how many we can get to!
Albemarle Cider Works has a nice setting, just off Route 29, right next to the apple trees where they grow about 250 varieties of apples! Some of their ciders include many varieties of apples to get the flavor they are looking for. My favorite is the Old Virginia Winesap cider. Growing up, I lived near where Alpenglow was made, and I fell in love with it! This is very close to that taste for me, but in a hard cider.
Pretty much right around the corner was Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyards, so why not stop? This place had an amazing view! It was set up for a wedding that evening, and what a gorgeous place for a wedding. You are able to have your tasting inside or outside. We definitely choose outside! They also have a restaurant, and you are able to sit outside or inside for that as well. I just really wanted this place’s back yard! Huge fire pit, great views, awesome porch. If we had another wedding, this would be the place!
Our next visit was to a favorite, Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery. They had just bottled Plum Wine last weekend, but it sold out so fast! One of these days I will get some! This is a favorite due to the uniqueness of the wines, which are true-to-the-fruit wines and they also create meads. Great place to visit and so beautiful! We ended up buying a bottle of wine because it was the last one of its kind! Haven’t been able to drink it yet though.
As we made our way home, we stopped at Afton Mountain Vineyards. Oh my! they have everything! Amazing views, next to the water and next to mountains and, of course, grape vines! They even have an arch and reception hall that is ready for anyone who wants to have their wedding there. Breathtaking. I want to live there. Even better, I loved their wines! I am so picky and it seems hard for me to find one wine that I like at a vineyard, much less all the ones I tried! I had the House Tasting and Sean had the Reserve Tasting. The House was mostly whites and the Reserve is mostly reds. But they were awesome. We must go back. We plan to go back and take a picnic. It’s just beautiful (if you didn’t get that by now!).