In a historic district of America’s “best small town,” Ox-Eye Vineyards pours world-class wine in their upscale urban tasting room.
Owners Susan and John Kiers felt their well-established 20-acre vineyard was too remote. As a result, they decided to establish a tasting room in location with better access.
Staunton, Virginia, which was recently designated as America’s best small town, was the nearest urban center. It is here in the historic Wharf District that Ox-Eye Vineyards has set up shop.
The 1904 building that houses the tasting operation possesses immense charm. With its polished wood floors and tastefully decorated interior, the wavy glass windows look out onto the charming downtown.
Upstairs the walls are adorned withe artwork, which gives it a sort of museum vibe. It is also very tastefully decorated and simply must be explored by visitors.
In a well-preserved neighborhood of curlicued Victorians and stately brick mansions the Ox-Eye tasting room is just blocks away from the famous Blackfriars Playhouse.
The competitively priced wines are 100% estate grown. The winery’s emphasis is on cooler-climate varietals like Riesling, Lemberger and Pinot Noir along with a few other Virginia staples. These wines are consistently of the highest quality.
Children are welcome inside the tasting room. The same is true for pets.
The tasting room is small, so advance notice is advised for groups. There is plenty of street parking for buses and RVs.
Thanks to Nancy Bauer of Virginia Wine in My Pocket for developing the original draft.