Rockbridge is that gem by the side of the road, the little place you stumble into unawares, thinking it'll be a fun break from your long drive south to Roanoke or north to Washington.
You don't expect much; it's kind of small and isolated. You're just happy to be there, so you're prepared to forgive a certain lack of sophistication in their wines.
So, you sip...and...Ha! The joke's on you.
These guys have earned enough medals to fill the trunk of your car. The very trunk that will be filled with their lauded Meritage and Merlots when you leave.
Rockbridge wines won places in the Governor's Cup Case - the top prize for Virginia wineries - in 2015 (for V d'Or) and 2014 (for DeChiel Reserve Meritage).
The Vidal ice wine, V d'Or, was our favorite, oh so many years ago, when we innocently stepped into Rockbridge's tasting room for the first time.
And, unbelievably, the tastings here are still free.
Reservations required for groups of 8 or more. Pets and kids welcome; private parties and weddings; picnic areas; parking for buses and RVs; group tours.
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