West Wind Winery is a lot bigger and fancier than you might expect for this out-of-the-way spot in a town called Max Meadows; it reminded us of many of the upscale wineries in the major population centers around the state. Steady local traffic helps, but much of the business comes from travelers hopping off of nearby I-81 looking for a little taste of Virginia wine.

Half a dozen old barns dot the property, which has been in the owners’ family for a century. The tasting room is both modern and rustic, with sage green walls and massive pine ceiling beams. Really massive 8 x 18 x 34 feet. What a feat, getting those things into position.

The well-stocked gift shop is filled with high-end local art and soaps and candles and food. Jason Manley, nephew of the owners and personable pourer, says he personally tries out every item before they stock it.

Wines include Vidal Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling, a Chambourcin, Merlot, Cab Sauv, and red blends. Niagara, Blackberry and Concord are also available for those who prefer something a little sweeter.

The winery welcomes group tours (reserve in advance), pets, picnics and private parties, as well as weddings.

RVs can be accommodated; motorcoaches should have reservations.


  • Pet Friendly
  • Kid Friendly
  • Open Daily (or almost)
  • Groups Welcome (check website)
  • Weddings
  • Private Events
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