A visit to North Mountain Vineyards is a perfect beginning or end to a tour of Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park. Located about 13 miles south (approximately 20 minutes via I-81) of Cedar Creek, Belle Grove and Hupps Hill, the vineyard has a Civil War history of its own - it seems that part of the Battle of Tom's Brook occurred on the present-day vineyard.

A Virginia Governor's Cup winner, North Mountain Vineyard produces a Chardonnay, an Oktoberfest blend of Vidal Blanc, Riesling and Traminette, a Chambourcin, and a Toms's Brook Cabernet Franc. The dessert wines include a Spiced Holiday Wine, the Sweet Caroline's Blush and their silver-medal Apple Wine. But the real stars here are the Reserve wines - a unique pear and peppery Gruner Veitliner, a bronze-winning Claret, and the Mountain Midnight Chambourcin that pairs well with steak, but can also be savored all on its very own.

North Mountain Vineyards are a little off the beaten path along scenic country roads. The tasting room is cozy and well managed by a knowledgeable staff, and there are outdoor seating areas with views of the vineyard and Massanutten. The folks at North Mountain are very friendly and take obvious pride in crafting their wines.

Pictured at the top: Located in a storybook setting, the tasting room is spacious and comfortable with indoor and outdoor seating areas offering spectacular views of the vineyard and Massanutten..

north mountain vineyard sunset

A sunset tasting at North Mountain Vineyard is a great way to end a day.