At the picturesque intersection between the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers, the quaint town of Harpers Ferry has even more to offer than just great views: the wineries.
While Harpers Ferry is located in WV, most of the best wineries are located south of town, in Virginia.
While you may have never heard of a VA wine trail, the whole region is dotted with vineyards growing both American native and European vines.
In the pursuit of excellent wines, let’s explore your best options around the Harpers Ferry area.
5 Great Wineries Near Harpers Ferry
1. The Barn of Harpers Ferry – Wednesday Wine Night Awaits You!
The location, the live music, the atmosphere: everything about The Barn of Harpers Ferry will make you want to come back again.
This is a spot for people who love an event, as the Barn almost every day hosts some kind of live concert. Sometimes it’s a band, and sometimes a solo artist, so I recommend checking out the music beforehand to be sure it fits your taste.
You can check the Facebook Page of the Barn for the latest news on upcoming concerts.
The vibe is relaxed and friendly, with the staff being consistently reviewed by customers as incredibly helpful and warm.
The interior is rustic but curated, with plenty of fun colorful lights hanging from the ceiling and several quirky items making every corner interesting.
There are plenty of food options to accompany the wines, complete with tasty vegan options.
This place is not only known for the wines, but also the craft beer and fun cocktails, so make sure you explore the menu for the best possible experience.
The Wines at The Barn of Harpers Ferry
While the Barn of Harpers Ferry may attract more beer and live music fans than profound wine connoisseurs, it’s still a great spot to have fun, drink good wine and potentially get drunk for a ridiculous price.
Every Wednesday is wine day at The Barn, meaning every bottle is 50% off. This kind of discount is not to overlook, especially if you love drinking local and reasonably priced wines.
The wine menu also includes vegan and organic bottles for those looking for ethically sourced and healthier wines.
2. Maggie Malick Wine Caves – Dog Friendly, Award-Winning Winery
Maggie Malick Wine Caves are located in the middle of a stunning estate of green rolling hills spanning over 200 acres.
The location is elegant, yet the atmosphere is more relaxed than you might think. The winery is dog friendly, with even a dog pond that many pets seem to love.
This is a great spot to chill with a glass of Chardonnay and a fancy cheese platter while enjoying the green surroundings of the estate.
This is a women-run enterprise, but also a family one: while Maggie is the mind behind the bottles, her husband cultivates the wine and works at the Wine Caves. It’s not unusual to meet them, so I recommend asking the owners for suggestions if the ample bottle choice has you in an impasse.
The Wines at Maggie Malik Wine Caves
If you love a reasonably priced wine, you’ve found your spot at Maggie Malick Wine Caves. Not only the founder has recently won the Winemaker of the Year Award, but several wines from the cellar win gold medals at local, state, and national levels every year.
You can check out the list of award-winning wines here.
A taste of what Maggie Malick Wine Caves have to offer:
- The Whites: grown on the estate, the unoaked and stainless Chardonnay is one of the most popular choices, with the two main bottles priced at $24 and $28.
For a robust and full-flavored white, you won’t go wrong with the Viognier ($29-$40 per bottle), or the french vine Petit Manseng ($29-$40 per bottle).
- The Reds: The Wine Caves boast an impressive red wine list and a wide range of flavors. From French grapes such as Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, and Tannat, to Spain-originated bottles like Tempranillo or Garnacha Tinta, any red wine lover would be happy at Maggie Malick Wine Caves.
Prices for bottles of reds span from $24 to $40.
3. Breaux Vineyards – A Classy Venue Surrounded by a Stunning Estate
Over 400 acres of vineyard and estate, where gentle hills alternate with small valleys and even a mountain, make the scenery surrounding Breaux Vineyard simply spectacular.
This is a very elegant and stylish location, with different seating options available: a tasting room, indoor tasting area, patio seating, and outdoor seating.
You can reserve your table and tasting session at Breaux Vineyard here, contact the venue directly by phone number (540) 668-6299, or send an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The winery hosts frequent events which can make for an even more delightful day, and there’s so much to choose from: from Fourth Friday to Dog Days, Wine and Dine, and even Lawn Games day, Breaux Vineyard offers a far-from-boring panel of activities every week.
You can check out all of the venue’s events here.
The Wines at Breaux Vineyards
Breaux Vineyards offers an ample choice of dry wines from grapes grown right on the estate:
- The Dry Reds: the most affordable option among the reds is the Equation Red bottle (around $22), while the Merlot, Nebbiolo, Cabernet Sauvignon, or Meritage are all priced around $45-$55.
- The Dry Whites: this almost all-french selection of white bottles spans from Chardonnay, Viognier, Les Amis White, and more, and is priced around $30. Plus the more affordable Equation White bottle at $20.
- The Dry Rosé: for the highest quality rosè you can’t go wrong with a bottle of Breauxmance ($42). Other rosè available are Nebbiolo rosé ($29) and of course Equation rosè ($18)
Note that all the prices listed above refer to 750ml bottles.
The restored Amish barn of Sunset Hills Vineyard is a stunning and historical location, with plenty of space and different outdoor and indoor seating options.
The quaint feel of the barn makes it perfect for a romantic occasion, but the ample space also makes it a great option for larger groups.
The beam ceilings, wood and stone walls, and red wooden furniture give the interior a lovely atmosphere between relaxed and stylish.
Food is also a visitors’ favorite, since the appetizers, cheese platters, and snacks that come with the wine tastings are high quality and pleasant.
You can book Sunset Hills for your event, or you can participate in one of the live music events organized at the venue every Saturday and Sunday. You can find out who’s playing this weekend at Sunset Hills upcoming events page.
The Wines at Sunset Hills Vineyard
- The Whites: the staple white is the Sunset white bottle ($26), an interesting blend of Traminette, Viognier, and Vidal Blanc. Chardonnay ($30) and Shenandoah Springs Chardonnay ($34) are also available.
- The Reds: The house red is the highly fruit-forward Sunset Red ($30), which derives from a combination of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Tannat, and Chambourcin. For more expensive bottles the list includes Mosaic ($55), Petit Verdot ($40), and Dusk ($35).
- The Rosè and Sangria: Peach and Pear Sangria bottles are available ($28), as well as an interesting Rosè of Cabernet Sauvignon ($27).
Zephaniah Farm is a place visitors love to come back to over and over.
The grounds of the vineyards are a beautiful alternation of flower gardens, trees, vines, and gentle green hills.
As far as indoor seating goes, the redbrick farmhouse is as rural on the outside as it’s refined on the inside.
The main room is furnished and decorated in true Virginia fashion, and the atmosphere is one of a “fancy yet homey living room”, with plenty of bookshelves and red padded armchairs.
A few years back a wooden tasting room was added, which grants for many more indoor seating available spaces.
However, it is still preferable to book your spot at Zephaniah Farm in advance to avoid disappointments. You can book your next tasting here.
The Wines at Zephaniah Farm Vineyard
The Vineyard’s wine list is composed of self-produced reds, whites, and rosè from the grapes grown right on the estate. It’s possible to schedule a tasting of 4 wines from the list.
A few of the featured bottles on the menu are Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Steamship White, Chambourcin, Chardonel, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Viognier.
Something special to make the most out of your time at Zephaniah Farm Vineyard this fall is the Harvest Tour and Tasting.
For $35 per person, this autumn tour will take you around the vineyard, exploring the wine-making process through tastings. You can book your tour here.
Check Out My Other Favorite Wine Regions in the US
To learn more about the most fun wine trails, romantic vineyards, or picturesque wineries, check out my articles on these Seneca Lake Wineries, 13 Excellent New England Wineries to Go Wine Tasting or everything you need to know about the CT Wine Trail.