Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail
Enjoy Virginia winery tours featuring warm hospitality and tastings along the way, with local wines such as Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Vidal Blanc and Chambourcin. Featured wineries in the Northern Neck include Dog and Oyster, Good Luck Cellars, The Hague, Ingleside and Vault Fields.
The Dog & Oyster
The Dog and Oyster is the closest winery to the Tides Inn. The name comes from one of Aesop’s Fables and honors the rescue dogs who protect the grapes from deer and other animals; and, to honor the oyster, one of the region’s greatest assets. Wines can be paired with oysters for an additional fee.
Ditchley Cider Works & Farm
The sprawling 160 acres of Ditchley Cider Works showcases orchards, pastures, wooded areas and 2.5 miles of natural shoreline. The newly restored Manor House is the showpiece, originally built in 1752, and the property’s Cider House is the former caretakers’ quarters from the 1930s. Visitors can enjoy hard cider produced from apples grown in the Ditchley orchards, as well as free-range beef and pork products.
Good Luck Cellars
Seven years ago, the vineyard owners shared a vision of creating a community-based vineyard and winery out of a parcel of land that had been used for mining top soil, sand and gravel. The earth remaining from the mine was perfect for cultivating grapevines. With the help of an amazing team of experts and the support of family and friends, they have planted 12 acres of vines and an impressive production facility for all of their estate-grown wines.
General’s Ridge Vineyard
Amenities include two large short-term rental homes with large porches overlooking the vineyard and “somewhere in time” tasting rooms. For more information visit generalsridgevineyard.com.
Ingleside Plantation Vineyards
Ingleside Vineyards is one of Virginia’s oldest and largest wineries and produces over 18 types of wine from its estate-grown grapes. The vineyard features award-winning wines, tours, tastings, museum, gift shop, picnic area and a river cruise.