Vineyards & Wine

The Blue Ridge Parkway has a surprising number of vineyards that may be visited along the way. You do not, however, want to try navigating the Parkway while under the influence, so please use discretion. The first on the list (located in MP 0) is the Barboursville Vineyards & Historic Ruins.

MP 0 – Barboursville Vineyards & Historic Ruins. This is Virginia’s most recognized vineyard with daily wine tastings. Besides the grapes, however, there is also award-winning fine dining at the Palladio Restaurant, and lodging at the 1804 Inn or Cottages at Barboursville Vineyard. All this just 30 minutes from the northern end of the Parkway.

MP 86 – Gross’ Orchard & Apple Valley Homeplace. This is an orchard, not a vineyard, that has mountain-grown fruit & produce. There is a vacation home that can be rented, and an Apple Festival occurs each year in October on the third Saturday of the month.

MP 86 – Peaks of Otter Winery & Orchards. Along with winery, there’s a farm with animal visits and an extensive apple orchard called Johnson’s Orchards.

MP 165.2 – Chateau Morrisette Winery is literally just a few hundred feet off the Parkway near such popular attractions as Mabry Mill and Rocky Knob. At an elevation of 3,500 feet, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better view of Buffalo Mountain. In fact, their full service restaurant has been named in the Top 100 Restaurant Views in America.

MP 199.5 – Round Peak Vineyards. This vineyard includes 13 acres that produce 10 different Italian and French varietals. The site includes Skull Camp that is now brewing beer on site as well.

MP 199.5 – Shelton Vineyards & Harvest Grill. Started in 1999, the idea was to replace tobacco farming with grapes, and the location has turned out to be ideal for just that. They also have an excellent restaurant called Harvest Grill.

MP 248.1 – Thistle Meadow Winery. Rated as one of North Carolina’s top three wineries, it produces over 50 different wines.

MP 291.9– Waldensian Heritage Winery. This winery focuses on producing fruity wines.

MP 305.2 – Banner Elk Winery & Blueberry Villa Inn. Wine tastings and tours occur every day of the week except Mondays. Beautiful views above a pond accompany picnic areas, and there’s even a small putting and chipping area for golfers.

MP 317 – Linville Falls Winery. Many call this the premier wine experience in the High Country. This 40-acre farm is perfectly situated at an elevation of 3,200 feet to make award-winning wines with complex tastes.

MP 331 – The Altapass Orchard. This one is not a vineyard, but an orchard that is fun for the whole family, with storytelling, hayrides, free music events, food, gifts and so much more.

MP 384.7 – Hickory Nut Gap Farm. Rather than a vineyard, this is a wonderful, family-oriented farm that grows fruits and veggies and raises naturally pastured beef, pork and poultry.