Located in the Shenandoah Valley AVA about 16 miles north (about 23 minutes via I-81) of New Market Battlefield, a visit to Cave Ridge Vineyard is a perfect beginning or end to a tour of the historic battlefield and the Virginia Museum of the Civil War. Situated on a pretty piece of land in the rolling hills of the Shenandoah Valley, this Virginia Governors Cup winner's farm is family-owned and operated.

Cave Ridge Vineyard produces among its whites a tropical, oak-aged Viognier, a nutty Chardonnay with a fresh minerality, and a citrus-cinder Riesling with a touch of sparkle. The reds include an earthy, raisin and spice Chambourcin and a black pepper, rosewood and slate Syrah. The reserve tasting includes the spicy, velvety Fossil Hill Reserve named in honor of the many fossils found on the property - including a 450-million-year-old snail. The Red Silk is a Cabernet Franc that starts off with fresh green pepper and finishes with black cherry and spice. Cave Ridge offers two port-style wines, the rich Fandango made from Chambourin and a creamy Fandango Blanco made from Viognier.

Cave Ridge features lots of outdoor lawn and porch seating with beautiful views of the vineyard and Massanutten. It's a great place for family and friends to gather and enjoy the views and wine. In addition, Cave Ridge Vineyard offers special label Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation wines, and a portion of the proceeds of sale of these wines go to the Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation in support of their ongoing efforts in battlefield preservation and interpretation.

Pictured at the top: Cave Ridge Vineyards is situated on a pretty farm in the Shenandoah At War National Historic District.

cave ridge vineyard vines fence

Roses brighten the vineyard.