Located about 30 miles south of Waynesboro, near the entrance to Wintergreen Resort, lies Wintergreen Winery, one of the many gold nuggets of the Nelson County wine trail.
It seems like every entry written by the VAVINO blogmasters talks about the views at the wineries in the Commonwealth. The views along are worth seeking these locations out, even if you drink water instead of their product. That said, the views at Wintergreen are some of the more spectacular in the state, and the tasting room, situated on the banks of the babbling Rockfish River, is irresistible (if not a bit confined).
The wine selections lean a little more towards the sweet side, versus other spots in Nelson Country. Probably their most popular wine is the Thomas Nelson white, 70% Vidal Blanc and 30% Petit Manseng (the fact that this is the closest winery to Wintergreen Resort may have something to do with their number of semi-sweet wines here). Our favorites were their Viognier and their Three Ridges Red (46% Chambourcin, 40% Cabernet Franc and 14% Merlot). Further proof that the styles of wine in Virginia change radically with each growing season, the Black Rock Chardonnay Reserve was one of our favorite chards in the state about three years ago (dry, light acidity and not too oaky). The Reserve currently offered seemed more buttery and less dry than we remembered, but still quite good.
Wintergreen has a new events pavilion that can be rented for events, making the winery a perfect year-around spot for weddings. Several picnic tables dot the the edge of the river.
A quick video taken from Wintergreen in fall 2012. Please keep in mind that this was our third stop that afternoon......