Two weekends ago my husband and I went on a wine adventure since we were traveling through different parts of VA. On Saturday we traveled from Roanoke to Richmond and visited Rockbridge Vineyards and Barren Ridge Vineyards (you can read about those here). On Sunday, since it was such a beautiful day we decided to try to visit some local wineries. While searching online we found the Heart of Virginia Wine Trail. Since we live in the "heart of Virginia" we thought this would be the perfect trail for us to start! The trail ticket costs $20 and includes 6 wineries! We started our trail at Cooper Vineyards and Grayhaven Winery, we can't wait to visit the rest.
Cooper Vineyards is located in Louisa, VA and is a "Green" event facility and tasting room. The staff is very friendly and invite you into the tasting room like family. The tasting list includes approximately 10 wines in lots of varieties. Including an Estate Chardonnay with Lottie Dula, a former mascot for Richmond SPCA. Once you finish your tasting I suggest you grab a glass and venture onto their deck overlooking the vineyard. On weekends you can even enjoy live music on the deck.
After we enjoyed our time at Cooper we headed to Grayhaven Winery, located in Gum Spring, VA. The winery has one of the cutest tasting rooms I've ever seen! I truly felt like I was walking into a Hobbit's house in the forest. The location is serene and very relaxing. There was even an area that would make for an amazing styled shoot (more on that later!). One of the owners is from South Africa so they were featuring a fantastic South African wine. The flavors were so different (in a good way!) from Virginia wines. The rest of the wines we tasted from them were very fresh and full of flavor. Their sangrias were super yummy and refreshing (according to my husband and other guests…stupid fruit allergies)! If you are looking for something fun to do, check out Grayhaven Winery on Sept 13th & 14th for the South African Food and Wine Festival.