Botetourt County, Virginia, features numerous wineries

Wine tastings abound in Botetourt County, Virginia.
BY SANDI DAVIS Published: May 19, 2013

The trip to the next winery takes one through some truly beautiful country, complete with herds of deer ambling across tiny winding roads and gently flowing streams. Virginia Mountain Vineyards was wrapping up an event that offered red wines and custom-made chocolates the afternoon our group arrived.

This vineyard opened in 1998 and for several years sold its grapes to other local wineries. The first bottles were produced in 2007 and today, 13 different varieties are available. We were given a sample of a new strawberry dessert wine which tasted just like biting into a ripe berry.

Our tour didn't have time to visit Fincastle Vineyard, the first family-owned and -operated farm winery in the area. There's a bed-and-breakfast in an old farmhouse next to the winery. Visitors can stroll through the vineyards, tour the mountainside winery and visit the tasting room.

The brewery is in the final stages. The owners are getting the proper permits and planning to have entertainment and special events when they start their micro brewery.

There is a peace in the area, making you wish you could spend a few weeks there to explore and relax.

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