Wednesday, September 16, 2015

A coupla Virginia wineries

We spent the better part of a day driving Shenandoah National Park's colorful Skyline Drive ( You can read about that drive Here).But after being in the car for that long, it was time to get outside. My friend Jo found a few wineries for us to visit and we enjoyed both even though they were entirely different.





Our first stop was at Sharp Rock Vineyards. Located in Sperryville, Virginia and overlooking Old Rag Mountain, Sharp Rock is a rustic and beautiful vineyard.It's a small winery that crafts 12 wines from grapes grown at the vineyard and hand bottles them. Not only is it a vineyard, it is also a bed and breakfast. There is a cottage and a carriage house to stay in which includes a complimentary wine tasting and bottle of wine. We didn't take advantage of that offer, but we did each have a glass of wine. And enjoy the incredible view of Old Rag Mountain.





 You can do a wine tasting, purchase a glass or bottle of wine and also purchase some snacks in the wine shop.Quiet, peaceful, rustic, beautiful.- I really enjoyed our time here at Sharp Rock. It would be a beautiful site for a wedding - which they hold here also.









The second winery that we visited was DuCard Vineyards. We almost didn't visit here - we were using our GPS and the directions led us down several gravel roads. We were sure that it couldn't be so far out in the middle of nowhere. We almost turned around but gave ourselves a few minutes until we did. But the directions were right! Surprisingly to me, it was crowded! Everyone else found it too. (the actual address is in Etlan, Virginia)










Located on the eastern edge of Shenandoah National Park and also with a view of Old Rag Mountain, DuCard describes the vineyard as "a hobby gone wild." In fall, they are open seven days per week and on weekends (including Friday) the rest of the year. There is a fee for tastings, light food is available and the winery is dog friendly. They also have a Barrel Room Food and Wine Program during spring and summer. You can find out more Here

As with Sharp Rock, we didn't do a tasting but purchased a glass of wine. There is seating indoors or outdoors on the back deck - with an incredible view.







Yep, that''s the view! And if the view and a glass of wine wasn't enough to enjoy the afternoon, DuCard had a band from France to provide entertainment for their visitors.





Quirky - and fun - unique - pretty much unlike any band I've ever seen or heard. They definitely got the crowd into it ( By the way, DuCard has music on the patio every Saturday afternoon in September with no cover charge)






A really fun day. A beautiful afternoon. In fact, I think I could get used to this - how about doing this every Saturday afternoon? I'm pretty sure I could!













I'm linking up with Weekend Wanderlust at A Brit and A Southerner, Friday Travel Postcards at Walking On Travels Weekend Travel Inspiration at Reflections Enroute,The Weekly Postcard at Travel Notes and Beyond and Travel Photo Thursday at Budget Travelers Sandbox!

18 comments:

  1. I can see why you enjoyed both of them. I think they look gorgeous and wish I could be there. Now!

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    1. I agree! A very fun place to be....especially in the fall. Thanks for visiting!

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  2. Beautiful shots - so lovely!
    Please come link up at this week's Wordless Wednesday (on Tuesday):
    http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2015/09/allium-glorious.html

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and thanks for the invite!

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  3. Both wineries look very inviting. I love the Shenandoah Valley and this post makes me want to plan a trip back.

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    1. A beautiful area and I'd love a trip back also. Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. I should have known that Virginia would have beautiful vineyards and wineries, but I didn't. How was the wine? Your photos are beautiful and I love the LOVE sculpture!

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    1. Both the wines I had were delicious - but I am definitely not a wine connoisseur. And yes, Virginia has some incredibly beautiful wineries and vineyards. Would love to do a trip dedicated to just visiting them. (Isn't that sculpture great?)

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  5. Looks nice! I have to say wineries come up with very interesting decoration. Like a lot that love sign made out of wire and bottles. Plus, I also like the idea of driving around a National Park and relaxing a bit afterwards.

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    1. It was a great day - the wineries sure are in opportune spots for fall foliage viewing and relaxing. Thanks for visiting Ruth!

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  6. Both wineries look amazing as does Virginia

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    1. I would love to explore more of the wineries in that area - I've been to a few in other parts of Virginia. And it is a beautiful state. Thanks for stopping by!

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  7. Hi Jill. What more can you ask for, eh? Good wine, great scenery, and a French band :) Thanks for linking up to Travel Photo Thursday. If you want to add the TPThursday badge, you can find it over at Budget Travelers Sandbox. #TPThursday

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    1. Thanks - I will definitely add it!

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  8. Virginia is producing some good wine in that area and down where were recently. There is nothing like drinking it at the source, too.!

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  9. Oh how fun, a wine tasting and a band! Looks like a great day! :)

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