Barren Ridge is a gem in the tiny town of Fishersville. Its off the “beaten” path a bit as its about 20 minutes from the Route 151 area, but you will definitely not be disappointed you made the journey. They weren’t always my favorite. We’ve been going there for about 10 years, but in the past few they’ve really come into their own. The wine has matured, and the scenery is breathtaking. But, my favorite thing about Barren Ridge (other than the wine of course) is the events. They are open later than most vineyards, and often have Friday evening events. I’ve also been to a couple of community events in their function room, and it was perfect. They also have an adorable vineyard dog. He’s super friendly but mostly interested in whether you’re going to give him a snack.
Getting There: Barren Ridge is located in Fishersville, Virginia off Highway 250 between Waynesboro and Staunton.
984 Barren Ridge Rd.
Fishersville, VA 22939
Sunday 1-6, Monday – Wednesday 11 am-6 pm, Thursday-Saturday 11 am- 9 pm
Once again, the Viogner is my favorite. I love these Virginia wineries embracing the Viogner – Virginia’s state grape. The Vidal Blanc is a close second, but Barren Ridge is known for the Harmony. The label of the Harmony was designed by P. Buckley Moss, a local artist and proceeds go to her Children’s Education Fund. The reds are also quite good. I lucked out the last time I was there, it was early Friday afternoon and they had some of their special wines open so I got to taste those too even though they weren’t on the tasting list. Another crowd favorite is the Tinkling Springs which is a blend of Viogner, Vidal Blanc and Riesling. Someone gave us a bottle of the 2013 Meritage as a gift and I can’t wait to drink it!
The Wine Club
Barren Ridge has a wine club, its called “The Crush Club.” There are 4 shipments of 3 bottles a year. It includes a 10% discount on bottles and 20% off cases bought in the tasting room. Tastings are complimentary, members get free entry into certain events and there are quarterly “pick up” parties for members only. For details, click here.
They have a small selection of food like cheese, crackers and cured meats, but also allow you to bring your own.
You can’t beat the view at Barren Ridge. They have seating inside and out.