Food and wine go together like Batman and Robin, peanut butter and jelly, and Ben & Jerry. Wine tasting during or following a meal is the perfect way to experience the nuances of wines when paired with food. Luckily, in Virginia wine country, there are a handful of wineries that allow you to experience their varietals with a fantastic lunch. Here are the winery restaurants inVirginia that you do not want to miss.
Lunch at Palladio will make you feel like you’re living the most glamorous life. With an enchanting dining room, separate from Barboursville’s tasting room, your imagination is transported to Italy. The elegant yet warm environment is fitting for the menu that features Northern Italian cuisine, sourced with fresh ingredients from Virginia’s terroir. The lunch menu allows you to choose between two, three, or four courses with the option to pair each course with wine from Barboursville’s renowned line up. Be sure to make a reservation at least a week in advance.
The tasting room and dining at Early Mountain are merged into one grand room at USA Today’s 2016 Best Tasting Room in America. With exquisite views overlooking the vineyard from tables both indoors and outdoors (seasonally), diners will find a small but delicious menu of small plates plus a few sandwich and dessert options. In addition, take advantage of wine flights from Early Mountains’ repertoire as well as other wineries from Virginia such as Boxwood, Blenheim, and Jefferson. Reservations are available, but don’t hesitate to stop by for a fireside table in the winter or outdoor seating in the spring and fall.
While not a full restaurant, the tasting room at Trump Winery provides a seasonal menu that is sure to satisfy your appetite. You’ll find a variety of small plates, sandwiches, salads, and entrees with pairing suggestions from the tasting room’s wine menu. Available during tasting room hours, enjoy your wine lunch at the few tables inside the tasting room or on the expansive lawn with spectacular views of the vineyards and Albemarle Estate, the winery’s hotel. A lunch at Trump Winery will provide you with an unparalleled view in Virginia wine country.
Located at the foot of Afton Mountain, Veritas is convenient for lunch from many places in central and western Virginia. Follow up a wine tasting with lunch and a glass of wine from The Terrace’s menu of salads, sandwiches, and boards. The menu is available for al fresco dining, which is perfect so you can enjoy the gorgeous views of the vineyard at Veritas.
The farm-to-fork experience at Gabriel Archer Tavern pairs perfectly with Williamsburg Winery’s wine selections. Pair your lunch from a southern-inspired menu with a glass or a flight of Williamsburg’s current releases. Choose to dine indoors or outdoors on their trellis covered patio from a menu of sandwiches, snacks, salads, and mains. Refuel for your wine tasting afternoon with an enjoyable lunch at Williamsburg’s only winery.
Saude Creek offers an unconventional lunch option for wine tasters on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday every weekend. Scottish Pig BBQ offers winery visitors with lunch selections that pair with Saude Creek’s current wine releases. Enjoy your meal with a glass of wine overlooking the expansive view from the back of the winery’s property with tables overlooking the Pamunkey River.
If you weren’t hungry when you arrived at Upper Shirley, spot just a few plates on diners’ tables as you make your way through the dining room to the tasting bar. You’ll change your mind. While Upper Shirley is a winery, it actually feels more like a restaurant with a tasting bar. The large indoor dining space is open and airy with an inviting fireplace. But then step outside to the wide covered porch overlooking the beauty of the James River and you’ll never want to leave. You’re sure to enjoy your lunch from the innovative and southern-inspired lunch menu of salads, sandwiches, small and large plates paired with a glass or bottle of Upper Shirley’s current releases.
You’ll find your typical small plate wine fare at Narmada, including an a cheese or antipasto platter. However, Narmada sets itself apart from other Virginia winery menus with a variety of Indian dishes made to pair with their wines. Owned by a wine-loving couple originally from Mumbai, they create fruit-forward wines that accentuate Virginia wine’s flavors but also that pair well with their Indian dishes, like Butter Chicken and Samosas. Stop by for a truly unique wine lunch experience.
Pair a glass, flight, or bottle of Potomac Point’s wines with your lunch at Le Grand Cru Bistro. Open for lunch (dinner on Friday and Saturday), you can find a wonderful wine dining experience within 1 hour of Washington DC. The menu is seasonal, allowing you to find the freshest ingredients in your meal. Delicious small plates, artisan cheese platters, salads, oysters, sandwiches, and entrees give a large variety to cover anyone’s tastes. Get out of the district and taste what this bistro has to offer in Virginia wine country.
While not a true lunch, a wine tasting at Fabbioli Cellars includes pairings of each wine with small bites crafted by local chefs and artisans. Experience your tasting at a table with one of Fabbioli’s wine educators, learning about each wine and experiencing their flavors as they were meant to be – with a pairing of a seasonal menu that rotates monthly. Stop by this winery for a truly uniqueVirginia wine experience.