An intimate boutique winery near Smith Mountain Lake, White Rock Vineyards is a must-visit stop for their hospitality and excellent wine.
You’ll enjoy the winding roads leading to White Rock, unless you’re in an RV. If you are a bit confused when you end up in the driveway of a homey Cape Cod, don’t despair. The winery and owners’ home share the house.
The winery dogs, Mojo and Chopper, will greet you at the door and escort you in. Mojo was featured in the book “Wine Dogs of the U.S.A.,” so if he seems a little standoffish, that’s why.)
Near Smith Mountain Lake and part of the Bedford Wine Trail, White Rock Vineyards is a relative newcomer. It offers the very definition of “intimate tasting experience.” The tiny two-person tasting bar in the sunlit room offers a dramatic view over the vineyards. Owner and winemaker Drema will likely be pouring for you.
The small, family-owned winery grows six acres of vinifera grapes, and produces a handful of classic wines including White Mojo, 100% Pinot Gris, as well as some fun choices like Velvet Sky, a semi-sweet red served chilled.
A spacious and serene veranda offers spectacular vineyard views.
From Roanoke and Blue Ridge Parkway, take Route 24 East. Turn right on Rte 653 (Mill Iron Road) and left on Bruno Drive. The winery will be on the left.
From Smith Mountain Lake, take Rte 122 North. Turn left on Rte 655 (Diamond Hill Road) and left on Rte 616 (Horseshoe Bend Road). Then take an immediate right on Rte 653 (Goodview Road). Turn right on Rte 653 (Mill Iron Road) and right on Bruno Drive. The winery will be on the left.
Thanks to Nancy Bauer of Virginia Wine in My Pocket for writing the original draft.