A visit to Shenandoah Vineyards is a perfect beginning or end to a tour of Cedar Creek and Belle Grove National Historical Park. Located about 20 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 the tasting room is located in an 18th-century barn that may be a survivor of 'The Burning' of the Valley by Union Gen. Sheridan.

One of the oldest and most venerated wineries in Virginia and a multiple Virginia Governor's Cup winner, Shenandoah Vineyards produces a crisp, nutty-apricot Riesling, a pink-grapefruity Shenandoah Blanc proprietor's blend, and the Rebel Red, Fiesta and Raspberry Serenade fun wines. But the real star is the silver medal-winning Cabernet Sauvignon that is rich in berry, spice and a divine hint of cocoa.

Shenandoah Vineyards is situated on a pretty farm, and the wines are uniformly good to excellent. The cozy, rustic tasting room with knotty pine, wine barrel seating and gift shop, is busy on weekends but well-managed by a friendly and knowledgeable staff. There is an outdoor seating area with views of the vineyard and Massanutten.

Pictured at the top: The tasting room at Shenandoah Vineyards is rustic and cozy with knotty pine and wine barrel seating.

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The outdoor veranda offers sittin' and sippin' and sweeping views of the vineyard and Massanutten.

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Autumn foliage is spectacular in the Shenandoah Valley and at Shenandoah Vineyards.