If you have an itch for a weekend wine getaway, now is the perfect time to hit the local wine trail. With Loudon County berries and peaches at peak, many wineries are showcasing some delicious dessert blends that will keep the taste of summer going well into fall.
Blue Ridge Blends
We opted for the short drive to Loundon County to explore Bluemont Vineyard on the eastern slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The view from the deck alone is worth the drive, but the custom blends with local fruits are just as exciting.
Working with Great Country Farms located down the (country) road, Bluemont is like many local wineries mixing farm fresh produce with locally grown grapes to create some seriously unique and delicious wines.
After our afternoon spent picking produce at Great Country Farms we had to sample “The Blackberry.”
Our waitress was proud to tell us that the berries are picked at peak and pressed Listed on the menu as a dessert blend of 82% of blackberry wine and 18% red wine, it was not a sweet as we expected for a dessert wine and surprisingly dry.
On the regular wine menu was “The Peach,” and it was a peach. The blend of 50% peach wine with 50% rkatsiteli gave this crisp white a slightly sweet flavor. We would imagine this would be excellent paired with grilled summer fare.
Working off the tasting menu we were able to get a nice selection of what Bluemont Vineyard offers.
The tasting fee is $7 and includes around 7 of the wines, but you can order anything by the glass separately for about $5. With this amazing view from the Blue Ridge Mountains we could have spent all day on the deck patio, but our short time was well spent.
We also sampled the “The Donkey” 2010, this rose is dry with a blend of chambourcin and a blend of viognier, Chardonnay and albarino. We loved the use of viognier, also known as Virginia’s “signature grape,” in this refreshing wine.
Thank you Bluemont Vineyard for a wonderful afternoon, we especially loved the family AND pet-friendly atmosphere.
If you have any dessert blends to share currently being featured at a local Virginia winery please share, or even better send us a picture! We’d love to hear about your winery getaways.