With October being Virginia Wine Month, it's the perfect time to include a visit to the local vineyards and wineries during your getaway to the Roanoke Valley in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains.

As Virginia has continued to emerge as a world-renowned destination for producing first-class wines, the wineries of our region have been part of the success of putting the state on the wine map. Our setting in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains creates the perfect backdrop for local vineyards, which also provides a unique experience of delicious flavors and breathtaking views for visitors.

Whether it's for a tour, tasting, or special event, there's always something exciting happening at the wineries in Virginia's Blue Ridge.

The fertile soil, as well as our mild climate, make for an ideal growing climate for traditional wines, along with other diverse fruit wines.

During the month of October, there are some fantastic opportunities for you to experience the wine culture of Virginia's Blue Ridge and take part in the fun of Virginia Wine Month.

Trails & Tours

Blue Ridge Winery Tours - Book a spot on the Blue Ridge Winery Tour to enjoy a guided experience that will help you learn more about our local wines and make some new friends along the way.

Wine Trail of Botetourt County - This self-guided trail features the three amazing local wineries of Botetourt County, with each one offering its own sense of character and flavor.

October Wine Events

Peak Foliage Open House
Peaks of Otter Winery and Orchards
All Month

The Black Dog Beach Music Festival
Chateau Morrisette Winery & Restaurant
October 10

Sunday Afternoons at Blue Ridge Vineyard
Blue Ridge Vineyard
October 11 & 18

Sunday Sounds
Chateau Morrisette Winery & Restaurant
October 11 & 25

Wine, Moon and Stars
Virginia Mountain Vineyards
October 16

The Stone Canyon Band
Blue Ridge Vineyard
October 17

Wine & Unwind Festival
Salem Civic Center
October 18

A Tribute to Eric Clapton
Blue Ridge Vineyard
October 24

Wine Cocktail Recipe

The following recipe is from Chateau Morrisette, an award-winning local winery located just off the Blue Ridge Parkway. Learn more about wine cocktail recipes featuring Chateau Morrisette products.

- 1 750 ml Bottle Chateau Morrisette The Black Dog Red Wine
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 cup orange juice
- 3 Tbsp key lime juice
- 1 orange, sliced
- 1/3 lime, sliced
- 1 cup lemon-lime soda
- maraschino cherries
Optional: pineapple chunks, apple slices

Combine wine and sugar in a pitcher, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Add orange juice, lime juice, orange slices, lime slices and any optional fruit. Let stand covered in refrigerator several hours or overnight. Just before serving, stir in lemon-lime soda. Serve in a 16 oz glass filled with ice and garnish with maraschino cherry. Makes 5 servings.

To learn more about how to include wine during your next trip to visit Virginia's Blue Ridge, visit our wineries section.