Skyline Drive Wine Tour: Front Royal Entrance

April 13th, 2018 by
It’s the height of the summer travel season, and if you’re anything like us, you’re probably planning more than a few exciting trips out and about this season. One of our favorite trips is taking a drive along Skyline Drive in Shenandoah National Park. Along the route, you’ll experience dozens of wineries, gorgeous scenery and excellent food to fit any taste. Set in scenic Northern Virginia, Front Royal is the Northern terminus of Skyline Drive, a designated National Scenic Byway. Since you’re sure to make a stop along the route, here are a few of our favorites near the Front Royal entrance.

Front Royal

Glen Manor Vineyards

Location:
2244 Browntown Road
Front Royal, Virginia 22630

Hours April through November:
Wednesday through Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

December through March:
Friday – Saturday 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Built in 2007, this winery blends in with the rural countryside of Northern Virginia perfectly and welcomes smaller groups in for intimate, relaxed tastings. Glen Manor Vineyards’ 2009 Bordeaux-styled red blend took first place in the Virginia Governor’s Cup in 2012, the first year the winery entered any of its wines in the prestigious competition. Glen Manor welcomes guests to bring along food to enjoy the tasting selection. Leashed dogs are welcomed on the property as well, although they will need to remain outside. However, with the beautiful Virginia summer weather, staying outside shouldn’t be a problem.

The vineyard is currently made up of 14.5 acres of vines and is recognized by the State of Virginia as a “century farm,” having been owned and farmed by the same family for over 100 years. Glen Manor has been producing top quality Virginia wines since 1995. Glen Manor wine is not only available at the vineyard, but also for retail sale or for order in many local stores and restaurants, marking this vineyard as a local favorite and a must-see destination.

Chester Gap Cellars

Location:
4615 Redmount Road
Front Royal, Virginia 22630

Hours:
Friday & Saturday
11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Sunday
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Located just of Route 522, Chester Gap Cellars sits at just over 1000-feet of elevation, offering a stunning view of scenic Northern Virginia. The winery features an open-air tasting patio to make your summer wine experience truly one to remember. The winery accommodates groups of six and fewer, so this destination is great for weekenders seeking a more intimate wine getaway.

Founders Bernd and Kristi Jung spent years looking for the perfect place to start producing top quality wines and the location of Chester Gap delivers. Rocky soils and cooler valley temperatures ensure that the grapes grown at this vineyard reach their fullest potential. As an added bonus, the tasting fee is waived if you buy a bottle, making your only decide how many bottles you will buy when you visit this tranquil vineyard.

Huntly

Rappahannock Cellars

Location:
14437 Hume Road
Huntly, VA 22640

Hours:
Monday – Friday & Sunday
11:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday
11:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

While the other wineries on our list are best suited to smaller, more intimate tastings, Rappahannock Cellars offers an opportunity for all of your friends and family to enjoy a great day trip. Groups of seven or more will be treated to a guided tour of the winery, tasting and a complimentary take-home glass. Just make sure to make a reservation for your group, or if there are fewer than 7, just head on over for a taste.

In 2014, this vineyard produced wines that won a combined total of 17 awards at the Indy International and the Finger Lakes International. For 25 years Rappahannock has been producing top quality wine, and that makes this winery a top pick for day trippers.

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