2015 Virginia Wine Lover Best Of Awards

Which winery makes the most enjoyable viognier in the commonwealth? Where can we go for a top-notch sparkling wine? What’s the best wine event to attend? Which winery is ideal for weddings? Who’s got the cutest wine dog?

These are just a few of the questions we asked in our most recent Best Of Readers’ Choice Poll. And as wineries become closer to the forefront of tourism in Virginia, the answers to these questions become more important than ever. Wine lovers (from Virginia and out of state alike) not only need to know which wineries to put at the top of their must-visit list but also how to get around and where to stay once they arrive.

We received a wonderfully overwhelming response (around 28,000 votes) from you—the readers and the true Virginia wine lovers—letting us know which wineries you value as being the best of the best in a number of categories.

We raise a glass to these winners—and to all who voted—for helping to promote and appreciate the value of Virginia wine. 

Best Of 2012  |  Best Of 2013  |  Best Of 2014 

Best Bed and Breakfast for a Wine Weekend

Travel
1. Prince Michel Vineyard & Winery
2. Tie
Veritas Vineyard & Winery
Trump Winery

3. Tie
Glass House Winery
Inn on Poplar Hill

Best Cheese Shop

Restaurants + Retail
1. Wegmans
2. The Cheese Shop, Williamsburg
3. Cheesetique, Arlington
4. Tie
Feast! Charlottesville
Thyme Market, Culpeper


Best Cidery-Central

Central Region
1. Bold Rock Cider
2. Albemarle Cider works
3. Castle Hill Cidery
4. Tie
Blue Bee Cider
Potter's Craft Cider


Best Cidery-Northern

Northern Region
1. Cobbler Mountain Cellars
2. Winchester Cider Works
3. Corcoran Vineyards and Cidery

Best Cidery-Shenandoah

Shenandoah Region
1. Old Hill Hard Cider
2.
3.

Best Cidery-Western

Western Region
1. Foggy Ridge Cider
2.
3.

Best Dessert Wine-Southern

Southern Region
1. Rosemont of Virginia
2. Three Sisters of Shiney Rock Winery
3. Hunting Creek Vineyards

Best Eco-Friendly/Green Winery

Wineries
1. Cooper Vineyards
2. The Winery at Bull Run
3. Pearmund Cellars
4. Tie
North Gate Vineyard
Barrel Oak Winery


Best Gourmet Shop for Virginia Wine

Restaurants + Retail
1. Wegmans
2. Tie
Once Upon a Vine, Richmond
Wine Loves Chocolate, Little Washington

3. Tie
Greenwood Gourmet Grocery, Crozet
The Cheese Shop, Williamsburg

Best Sparkling Wine-Southern

Southern Region
1. Tomahawk Mill Vineyard & Winery
2.
3.

Best Statewide Craft Brewery

Travel
1. Devils Backbone Brewing Company
2. Blue Mountain Brewery
3. Old Bust Head Brewing Co.
4. Tie
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Port City Brewing Co.


Best Statewide Distillery

Travel
1. Catoctin Creek
2. A. Smith Bowman Distillery
3. Copper Fox Distillery
4. Tie
Silverback Distillery
Silver Fox Great Dismal Distillery


Best Statewide Seasonal Craft Beer

Travel
1. Blue Mountain Brewery's Dark Hollow
2. AleWerks Brewing Company's Pumpkin Ale
3. Hardywood's Gingerbread Stout

Best Virginia Restaurant Wine List

Restaurants + Retail
1. Inn at Little Washington
2. Magnolias at the Mill, Purcellville
3. L'Auberge Chez Francois, Great Falls
4. Tie
The Wine Kitchen, Leesburg
Tuscarora Mill, Leesburg


Best Virginia Wine

Wine (Overall)
1. Pearmund Cellars
2. Ingleside Vineyards
3. The Winery at Bull Run

Best Weekend Wine-Themed Getaway Spot

Travel
1. Charlottesville
2. Middleburg
3. Leesburg
4. Tie
Purcellville
Northern Neck of Virginia


Best Wine Accessory Shop

Restaurants + Retail
1. Total Wine and More
2. Wine Loves Chocolate, Little Washington
3. Wegmans

Best Wine Bottle Artwork

Wineries
1. The Winery at Bull Run
2. Little Washington Winery
3. Pearmund Cellars
4. Tie
Blenheim Vineyards
Ingleside Vineyards


Best Wine Dog

Wineries
1. Pearmund Cellars
2. Barrel Oak Winery
3. Stone Mountain Vineyards
4. Tie
Ingleside Vineyards
Little Washington Winery


Best Wine Festival

Travel
1. Vintage Virginia Wine Festival
2. Taste of Monticello Wine Trail
3. Montpelier Wine Festival, Orange
4. Tie
Shenandoah Valley Vine & Jazz Festival, Staunton
Virginia Wine Expo, Richmond


Best Winery

Wineries
1. Pearmund Cellars
2. Ingleside Vineyards
3. Keswick Vineyards
4. Tie
Little Washington Winery
Potomac Point Winery


Best Winery-Central Region

Central Region
1. Barboursville Vineyards
2. Keswick Vineyards
3. First Colony Winery
4. Tie
Veritas Vineyard & Winery
Prince Michel Vineyard & Winery


Best Winery-Eastern Region

Eastern Region
1. Ingleside Vineyards
2. The Williamsburg Winery
3. Saude Creek Vineyards
4. Tie
New Kent Winery
Gauthier Vineyards


Best Winery Food Offerings

Wineries
1. Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards
2. Potomac Point Winery
3. The Williamsburg Winery
4. Tie
Early Mountain Vineyard
Little Washington Winery


Best Winery for Chardonnay

Wineries
1. Pearmund Cellars
2. Doukenie Winery
3. First Colony Winery

Best Winery for Dessert Wine

Wineries
1. First Colony Winery
2. The Winery at Bull Run
3. Ingleside Vineyards
4. Tie
Cooper Vineyards
Barrel Oak Winery


Best Winery for Dessert Wine-Central

Central Region
1. Cooper Vineyards
2. Tie
Keswick Vineyards
Prince Michel Vineyard & Winery

3. First Colony Winery
4. Tie
Horton Vineyards
Wintergreen Winery


Best Winery for Dessert Wine-Eastern

Eastern Region
1. The Williamsburg Winery
2. Ingleside Vineyards
3. New Kent Winery
4. Tie
Gauthier Vineyard
The Hague Winery


Best Winery For Dessert Wine-Northern

Northern Region
1. Fabbioli Cellars
2. Barrel Oak Winery
3. The Winery at Bull Run
4. Tie
Doukenie Winery
Sunset Hills Vineyard


Best Winery for Dessert Wine-Shenandoah

Shenandoah Region
1. Cave Ridge Vineyard
2. CrossKeys Vineyards
3. Tie
Barren Ridge Vineyards
Rockbridge Vineyard

4. Tie
Veramar Vineyard
Shenandoah Vineyards


Best Winery for Dessert Wine-Western

Western Region
1. Stanburn Winery
2. MountainRose Vineyard
3. Chateau Morrisette Winery and Restaurant

Best Winery for Fruit Wine

Wineries
1. The Winery at Bull Run
2. Horton Vineyards
3. Fabbioli Cellars
4. Tie
Prince Michel Vineyard & Winery
Saude Creek Vineyards


Best Winery for Fruit Wine-Central

Central Region
1. Horton Vineyards
2. Prince Michel Vineyard & Winery
3. Peaks of Otter Winery
4. Tie
Lazy Days Winery
Byrd Cellars


Best Winery for Fruit Wine-Eastern

Eastern Region
1. Saude Creek Vineyards
2. The Williamsburg Winery
3.

Best Winery for Fruit Wine-Northern

Northern Region
1. Fabbioli Cellars
2. The Winery at Bull Run
3. Bluemont Vineyard
4. Tie
Doukenie Winery
North Gate Vineyard


Best Winery for Fruit Wine-Shenandoah

Shenandoah Region
1. North Mountain Vineyard & Winery
2. CrossKeys Vineyards
3. Virginia Mountain Vineyards

Best Winery for Fruit Wine-Southern

Southern Region
1. Bright Meadows Farm Vineyard & Winery
2. Tie
Three Sisters of Shiney Rock Winery
American Way Country Wines

3.

Best Winery for Fruit Wine-Western

Western Region
1. Chateau Morrisette Winery and Restaurant
2. Coltsfoot Winery
3. Whitebarrel Winery

Best Winery for Meritage Wine

Wineries
1. Pearmund Cellars
2. First Colony Winery
3. Tie
The Winery at Bull Run
Ingleside Vineyards

Best Winery for Norton Wine

Wineries
1. The Winery at Bull Run
2. Horton Vineyards
3. Keswick Vineyards
4. Tie
Barrel Oak Winery
New Kent Winery


Best Winery for Picnics

Wineries
1. Ingleside Vineyards
2. Barrel Oak Winery
3. Pearmund Cellars
4. Tie
The Winery at Bull Run
Keswick Vineyards


Best Winery for Red Wine

Red Wine
1. Ingleside Vineyards
2. Little Washington Winery
3. Pearmund Cellars
4. Tie
The Winery at Bull Run
Keswick Vineyards


Best Winery for Red Wine-Central

Central Region
1. Barboursville Vineyards
2. Keswick Vineyards
3. Jefferson Vineyards
4. Tie
Prince Michel Vineyard & Winery
First Colony Winery


Best Winery for Red Wine-Eastern

Eastern Region
1. Ingleside Vineyards
2. The Williamsburg Winery
3. Saude Creek Vineyards
4. Tie
New Kent Winery
Gauthier Vineyard


Best Winery for Red Wine-Northern

Northern Region
1. Pearmund Cellars
2. Rappahannock Cellars
3. Fox Meadow Winery

Best Winery for Red Wine-Shenandoah

Shenandoah Region
1. CrossKeys Vineyards
2. Tie
Glen Manor Vineyards
Barren Ridge Vineyards

3. Tie
Cave Ridge Vineyard
Virginia Mountain Mountain Vineyards

4. Tie
Bluestone Vineyard
Valerie Hill Vineyard & Winery


Best Winery for Red Wine-Southern

Southern Region
1. Rosemont of Virginia
2. Annefield Vineyards
3. Tie
Hunting Creek Vineyards
Tomahawk Mill Vineyard & Winery

Best Winery for Red Wine-Western

Western Region
1. Stanburn Winery
2. MountainRose Vineyard
3. Tie
Villa Appalachia Winery
Chateau Morrisette Winery and Restaurant

Best Winery for Sparkling Wine

Wineries
1. Trump Winery
2. Pearmund Cellars
3. The Winery at Bull Run
4. Tie
Ingleside Vineyards
Veritas Vineyard & Winery


Best Winery for Sparkling Wine-Central

Central Region
1. Trump Winery
2. Barboursville Vineyards
3. Veritas Vineyard & Winery
4. Tie
Prince Michel Vineyard & Winery
Thibaut-Janisson Winery


Best Winery for Sparkling Wine-Eastern

Eastern Region
1. Ingleside Vineyards
2.
3.

Best Winery for Sparkling Wine-Northern

Northern Region
1. The Winery at Bull Run
2. Sunset Hills Vineyard
3. Paradise Springs Winery
4. Tie
The Winery at La Grange
Greenhill Winery & Vineyards


Best Winery for Sparkling Wine-Shenandoah

Shenandoah Region
1. Cave Ridge Vineyard
2. Wolf Gap Vineyard and Winery
3. CrossKeys Vineyards

Best Winery for Sparkling Wine-Western

Western Region
1. Villa Appalachia Winery
2. Chateau Morrisette Winery and Restaurant
3.

Best Winery for Special Events

Wineries
1. Ingleside Vineyards
2. Little Washington Winery
3. The Winery at Bull Run
4. Tie
First Colony Winery
Keswick Vineyards


Best Winery for Tours

Wineries
1. Pearmund Cellars
2. Ingleside Vineyards
3. The Winery at Bull Run
4. Tie
Little Washington Winery
The Williamsburg Winery


Best Winery for Viognier

Wineries
1. Pearmund Cellars
2. Ingleside Vineyards
3. Keswick Vineyards
4. Tie
The Winery at Bull Run
Little Washington Winery


Best Winery for Weddings

Wineries
1. Keswick Vineyards
2. Potomac Point Winery
3. The Winery at Bull Run
4. Tie
Ingleside Vineyards
First Colony Winery


Best Winery for White Wine

White Wine
1. The Winery at Bull Run
2. Ingleside Vineyards
3. Little Washington Winery

Best Winery for White Wine-Central

Central Region
1. First Colony Winery
2. Tie
Jefferson Vineyards
Prince Michel Vineyard & Winery

3. Horton Vineyards

Best Winery for White Wine-Eastern

Eastern Region
1. Ingleside Vineyards
2. Tie
Saude Creek Vineyards
The Williamsburg Winery

3. Gauthier Vineyard

Best Winery for White Wine-Northern

Northern Region
1. Tie
Rappahannock Cellars
Barrel Oak Winery

2. The Winery at Bull Run
3. Fox Meadow Winery

Best Winery for White Wine-Shenandoah

Shenandoah Region
1. CrossKeys Vineyards
2. Barren Ridge Vineyards
3. Virginia Mountain Vineyards

Best Winery for White Wine-Southern

Southern Region
1. Rosemont of Virginia
2. Annefield Vineyards
3. Three Sisters of Shiney Rock Winery

Best Winery for White Wine-Western

Western Region
1. Stanburn Winery
2. MountainRose Vineyard
3. Abingdon Vineyard & Winery
4. Tie
Chateau Morrisette Winery and Restaurant
Whitebarrel Winery


Best Winery-Northern Region

Northern Region
1. Pearmund Cellars
2. Rappahannock Cellars
3. Barrel Oak Winery
4. Tie
The Winery at Bull Run
Little Washington Winery


Best Winery-Shenandoah Region

Shenandoah Region
1. Barren Ridge Vineyards
2. CrossKeys Vineyards
3. Kindred Pointe Winery

Best Winery-Southern Region

Southern Region
1. Rosemont of Virginia
2. Tie
Annefield Vineyards
Three Sisters of Shiney Rock Winery

3.

Best Winery Tasting Room

Wineries
1. Ingleside Vineyards
2. Pearmund Cellars
3. First Colony Winery
4. Tie
The Winery at Bull Run
Doukenie Winery


Best Winery View/Outdoor Space

Wineries
1. Bluemont Vineyard
2. Stone Mountain Vineyards
3. Keswick Vineyards
4. Tie
The Winery at Bull Run
Little Washington Winery


Best Winery-Western Region

Western Region
1. Chateau Morrisette Winery and Restaurant
2. Stanburn Winery
3. MountainRose Vineyard
4. Tie
Villa Appalachia Winery
Whitebarrel Winery


Best Wine Tour/Limo Company

Travel
1. Reston Limo
2. Point to Point Limousines
3. James River Transportation
4. Tie
Arcady Vineyards Bed and Breakfast
Camryn Limousine


Most Romantic Winery

Wineries
1. Potomac Point Winery
2. Pearmund Cellars
3. Ingleside Vineyards
4. Tie
Keswick Vineyards
First Colony Winery


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