When you arrive at Barren Ridge Vineyards, you’ll find an operation the Higgs family has poured their heart and soul into. The farm was named Barren Ridge because it receives less rain than the surrounding valley. The property was originally an apple orchard that has been in the family since 1934. Grapes and apples grow well under similar conditions, so the family decided to transition from orchard to vineyard. In 2007, the Higgs, along with some family friends, planted the first acre of the vine. You can find the whole heartwarming story here.
Rascal, the Jack Russel, sitting by the fire
They only produce about 4,000 cases a year but plan to expand their small scale facility. The grapes are about half estate grown, meaning that the rest are purchased from other growers. Barren Ridge is an upscale mom and pop winery. After the property was turned into a vineyard, the apple shed was converted into the winery and tasting space. The tasting room proudly displays their awards on the mantle over the fireplace. Both the indoor and outdoor areas are outfitted with patio furniture which keeps the atmosphere casual. Barren Ridge Vineyards also has a gorgeous rustic event space above their tasting room. If you’re planning a wedding with a country vintage feel, this would be the perfect place.
Thank goodness that March is Virginia Wine and Dine month. It gives us all yet one more reason to imbibe and celebrate great Virginia Wine.
Love by the Glass is a celebration to showcase Virginia wines at restaurants & wine shops across the Commonwealth.Over 250 local wineries uncorking their finest to win your affection. Make sure to get your 2014 VA Wine map if you haven’t already!
In case you cant make it to a winery, there are over 350 wine shops are joining the celebration this March. Special wine and food pairings make March an ideal time for wine lovers to visit Virginia. Special wine events are scheduled throughout the month check their calendar or mine.
I’m using my spring break to visit as many VA wineries as I can. See my growing list here. Let me know below how you’ll be celebrating all month long!
Pearmund Cellars is another great example of a stellar winery experience. Wine Lovers Magazine named Pearmund Cellars the #1 winery overall in Virginia for 2013, and I can see why. The staff was friendly and inclusive. In their restroom, they have hung the bust head the pesky jackrabbit that they will jokingly tell you eats their vine.
I went with two girls I grew up with, who are pretty much my sisters, and our moms. We came in right near closing and had just missed a special Valentine’s Weekend tasting, but the staff was kind enough to share their leftover chocolate covered strawberries with us. Pairing the strawberries, one of my favorite desserts, with the Petit Verdot was to die for.