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The result of winemaking is refined, but the process from grapevine to glass requires serious grit. Subject to the whims of weather and soil, Virginia winemakers are resilient folk. It’s no surprise that they’ve approached the challenges of the last few months with characteristic savvy. Discover the perfect daytime vineyard excursion ideas below!

In Phase Three of Virginia’s reopening, wineries and restaurants are welcoming outdoor and patio-based businesses at 50% capacity. There’s no better time to plan an Orange County getaway, as the weather is as fine as the wine. Over the last decade, wine tourism has transitioned from stuffy to supremely laid-back. As a wine destination, we’ve created experiences suited to different demographics, keeping al fresco fun affordable and anxiety-free.

Photo Credit: Horton Vineyards

For a luxe escape, The 1804 Inn and Cottages and The Inn at Willow Grove welcome summer bookings. An overnight or multi-day stay lends access to guest-only amenities, like fairytale gardens or patio reservations at Vintage. Barboursville Vineyard’s 900-acre spread is the perfect place to exhale. Walk among the wildflowers, Nebbiolo in hand, or sample charcuterie on the pergola at sunset.

Weekend food-trucks at Honah Lee and live music at Horton encourage family fun on the grass. Pack up your kids—and your picnic blanket—for an outing to remember.


The sweetest pleasures of summertime are shared with friends. Great wine—and the great outdoors— are at the heart of our heritage. Plan a grape escape today.

For more information about the status of our outdoor recreation opportunities, click here.

Orange: 122 East Main Street, Historic Train Depot, Orange, Virginia | Gordonsville: 200 South Main Street, Gordonsville, Virginia

Photos were generously provided by: Aaron Watson Photography, Barboursville Vineyard, Gordonsville, Rapidan Kayak Company, and Liberty Mills Farm.