wine, beer, spirits trail

Make Your Own Virginia Beer, Wine and Spirits Tasting Trail

Virginia’s craft beverage scene is booming, especially in the cities surrounding Lake Anna. Sip, savor and discover some of Virginia’s best beer, wine and spirits for yourself along your own personal tasting trail. Wineries, breweries and distilleries typically offer on-site tastings allowing you to try the latest vintage or release, or imbibe a signature offering. Here are some of our favorite places to experience Virginia beer, wine and spirits near Lake Anna. 

By Arielle Patterson

Located on a historic piece of property near the Wilderness Battlefield, 1781 Brewing Company serves farmhouse ales using natural ingredients from their own land. The brewery is complete with a fully functioning farm, making it one of the first farm breweries in the state of Virginia. They strive to produce the best Belgian, German and French influenced ales on the East Coast. Their flagship line of beer, The Portrait Collection, ties in the rich history of the area while paying homage to French Saisons, old-style porters and German Pilsner malts.

11109 Plank Road, Spotsylvania, VA 22553

Using only the finest ingredients, A. Smith Bowman Distillery maintains their art in creating handcrafted spirits from tradition, innovation and creativity. Current master distiller, Brian Prewitt, leads the team with nearly 15 years of experience in brewing and distilling, and continues to craft small-batch award-winning spirits that stay true to the Bowman tradition, while also experimenting with new styles of spirits.

1 Bowman Drive, Fredericksburg, VA 22408

Welcome to the home of Octagon, the wine that has come to define the viticulture region envisioned by Thomas Jefferson and established here in 1976 by Gianni and Silvana Zonin. This wine crowns the pursuit of a constant vision—to redeem the gift of a gracious, generous ground, with vintages of vivid beauty.

17655 Winery Road, Barboursville, VA 22923

As the first craft distillery of American whiskey in the United States, Belmont Farm has been producing whiskey for 30 years using the age-old tradition of the pot still. After growing, harvesting and grinding their own corn, wheat and barley, the owners use a special family recipe to cook the corn mask in a stainless-steel cooker. The fermented mash is transferred to a 2,000-gallon, genuine copper pot still, which the Miller Family believes is the secret behind their fine whiskey.

13490 Cedar Run Road, Culpeper, VA 22701

 Chateau MerrillAnne is a small, boutique winery located in the rolling farmland of Orange County. The winery offers a broad selection of handcrafted wines from the finest vineyards in Virginia. The quiet atmosphere, pastoral views and great company are a perfect way to wind down from the stress of the workweek.

16234 Marquis Road, Orange, VA 22960

Cooling Pond Brewery is a veteran-owned, family-friendly brewery serving the Lake Anna area in Central Virginia. Conveniently located off Route 522 in Mineral, they welcome locals and out-of-towners alike! English-inspired beers are at the heart of what they do, they also offer rotating selections to satisfy the local palate. Flights are available for those who want to try a variety, as well as pints, and even growlers to-go. Their tasting room features a large stone fireplace with plenty of seating, and right outside their doors is an expansive patio where you can enjoy the hilltop breezes and the view.

4411 Zachory Taylor Hwy, Mineral, VA 23117

Coyote Hole Ciderworks makes delicious hard ciders using apples sourced from the finest orchards in Virginia, with some apples grown onsite. Their wide array of ciders are naturally gluten free. When you visit their tasting room, you can sample the Hopped Pressed Apple and the Oma Smiths, as well as seasonal specialty ciders like Holiday Spice or Blackberry Pear. 

225 Oak Grove Drive, Mineral, VA 23117

The “Garden of Eden” theme translates to the names of their wines: Serpentine Blanc, Eve’s Delight, Adam’s Rib, Fig Leaf Red and Forbidden. Other wines include a Rose Blend, Vidal Blanc, Paradise—a blend of Viognier, Chardonnay and Petit Manseng—Chambourcin and other delicious reds. Tastings and tours must be scheduled, as the winery is not open to the public.

6818 River Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22407

Formerly known as Cooper Vineyards, Fifty-Third Winery & Vineyards is nestled among rolling hills in a traditional farming community. Owners David and Susan Drillock set out to create quality wines that express the character of each varietal. The winery consists of 103 total acres in Louisa County. Visit the winery, open year-round, for a tasting on the deck or in the tasting room.

13372 Shannon Hill Road, Louisa, VA 23093

A trip to France in 1981 gave owner Bill Heidig the idea to start a vineyard. He noticed the conditions there were similar to his farmland. The family knew the time was right to open their own winery. They converted an old barn and have been selling their own wine for decades with sons, Eric and Jeff, heading up the winery as Bill manages the vineyard. 

5621 Courthouse Road , Spotsylvania, VA 22551

Mike and Janette Evans sought inspiration from earth-honoring Native Americans who originally named the area after four rivers, Mat, Ta, Po and Ni. Visitors can select a tree in season and enjoy unique wines year-round, including ones with Native American names. Try the Wabamin (meaning white berry), a semi-dry wine, and the Miskwamin (meaning red berry), a full-bodied wine with the intense flavor of Blue Concord. 

7530 Morris Road, Spotsylvania, VA 22551

Wilderness truly runs at the winery! Set on the farm’s rolling hills, you’re bound to meet turkeys, guineas, donkeys and even llamas. Currently, the winery is growing Malbec, Petit Verdot and Viognier. In the past, they’ve been successful with Nebbiolo, Barbera, Sangiovese and  Chambourcin, and they will continue to foster growth of other varietals such as Viognier and Chardonnay, among many others.

11109 Plank Road, Spotsylvania, VA 22553