Wine and cheese go hand in hand, just like 3-D glasses and zombie movies or mediocre autobiographies and fire. Fuel a fiery desire for knowledge with today's Groupon: for $15, you get a wine and cheese tasting for two at Virginia Mountain Vineyards in Fincastle (a $30 value).
Owned and operated by a fun-loving family of oenophiles, Virginia Mountain Vineyards unites potent pourables with scaled-down toothpickables to craft a cozy, educational experience. During each tasting, attendees sample a cheese platter in tandem with a dozen of Virginia Mountain's distinctive homemade wines. Fermented beverages range from reds, such as the peppery cabernet franc and tannin-tastic petit verdot, to whites, such as the fruity acacia gold and smooth chardonnay reserve. Palates turn a proud shade of pink when they shake buds with such pungent liquids as the berry-tinged rosé or holiday spice wine, both of which complement any picnic or meal hosted atop a red-and-white-checkered blanket. After practicing whiffing and swishing, each participant receives a full serving of wine plus a souvenir glass for at-home application.
Nestled between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Alleghenies, Virginia Mountain Vineyards aids incoming guests in their quest to unwind, offering majestic views from the patio's airy outdoor tables. Winethusiasts who arrive at the right moment might also have the chance to catch a glimpse of resident bagpiper Roy MacCormack, a diehard performer known for charming crowds and demanding lung-powered musical duels at dusk.
Virginia Mountain Vineyards
Initially planting vines for neighboring wineries, Virginia Mountain Vineyards' staff slowly began to dabble in the art and science of winemaking. Then, in 2006, they began crafting their own varietals on-site. Today, staffers tend to more than 5,000 vines across nearly 10 acres of picturesque land, plucking ripe grapes to transform into red, white, sweet, and specialty wines. Events are regularly held at the vineyards, including a summer concert series, special tastings, and trying wines straight from their barrels.