Mountain Cove Vineyards, located in Nelson County near the town of Lovingston, VA, has a challenging 5.5 mile hike adjacent to it called Fortune's Cove Preserve: a demanding loop that steadily reaches an elevation of 1,500 feet. That effort is ultimately rewarded by mountain views. Download a trail map here.
|View from Fortune's Cove hike|
Just north of Mountain Cove, off of Route 29, is DelFosse Vineyards and Winery. DelFosse offers French-style wine in a serene setting. It's a somewhat newer winery, being founded in 2000. DelFosse has wines ranging from $16 to $29 per bottle, perhaps allowing for a compromise between taste buds and wallet. You may have a hard time finding a favorite though.
|DelFosse Winery and Vineyards|
|View from Devil's Backbone patio|
Finally, In the Southern portion of Virginia (Halifax County) I have been wanting to visit Molliver Vineyards. It is situated on 134 acres with primitive on-site camping (tent or RV) and has extensive trails and 12 different varieties of wine. It's about a 2.5 hour drive from Ashland, so when I visit Molliver I will definitely camp there for the full experience.
Let me know if I've missed any VA winery/hiking combos!