Seventy miles west of Washington, DC, in Front Royal, Glen Manor makes a nice stop on a day trip to Skyline Drive. Glen Manor has a century of experience farming their land. Cattle ruled the roost in 1901, but now others own the black cows grazing in the fields below the tasting room, and the owners focus all their attention on grapes.
The vines are nearly 20 years old now; you may have tasted their fruit in the wines at the renowned Linden Vineyards in the past. Glen Manor gets steady recognition for their excellent wines; their 2009 Hodder Hill Bordeaux-style red blend took the top prize in the Virginia Governor's Cup, among other accolades.
The small, sunny tasting room spills out onto a deck with high teak wood tables and chairs - the better to take in the rolling vineyards, creeks, and munching cows.
But the best thing at Glen Manor? The Sauvignon Blancs. Growing conditions are tough for this grape in most parts of the state, but Glen Manor excels.
The 14 acres of vineyards now produce mostly red Bordeaux blends and varietals, along with Saugivnon Blanc.
Glen Manor is a small winery, unable to accommodate limousines, buses or groups larger than six.
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