Standard fare at wineries now are stylish tasting rooms and at least a modest outdoor space to enjoy a glass of wine. But a number of Virginia wineries are expanding their vision beyond wine production, crafting an additional role for themselves as entertainment providers.
Barrel Oak excels at this - it's big, it's fun, and it's friendly. And now, it's got craft beer, too.
Open 7 days a week year 'round - including a late night every Friday - hundreds flock to Barrel Oak for their Friday night wind-downs. You'll think you've stumbled on the coolest wine festival ever, with firepits, dozens of picnic tables, live music, and beautiful sunsets over the mountains.
And when you go, bring your dog. Nowhere are dogs more beloved than at Barrel Oak.
Barrel Oak is a large production facility (for Virginia), making well over 10,000 cases a year. Their vineyard produces Seyval Blanc, Vidal Blanc, Petit Manseng, Viognier, Chardonnay, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Traminette, Chambourcin, Norton, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
In addition to individual tastings offered inside and outside (weather permitting), you can also book a Reserve Tasting of the best wines Barrel Oak has to offer from their limited-inventory, library, pre-release or current wines. The $35/person tastings are offered on Saturdays and include small bites, a private tour of the production area and a souvenir glass.
Groups of 8 or more require a reservation for all tastings.
You can also take a self-guided tour of the downstairs production area, where you may run into winemakers Shai Van Gelder or Sharon Roeder.
Added in 2017: the Barrel Oak Farm Taphouse, or BOFT. Beers brewed on-site include Kolsch, IPA, Winter Amber, Belgian Doubel, and others.
Kids and pets welcome; bring a picnic; reservations requested for groups of 8 or more.
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