Wineries / Dining



There are lots of options for dining and visiting wineries in the area, many of which have special events. Enjoy a country setting for a relaxed afternoon or evening.



In the past few years, Virginia wine has taken off expanding from 6 in 1979 to now more than 240 wineries. The state has become the fifth largest wine producing state in the union and several are close to The Lodges. For general information see: Virginia Wines and Blue Ridge Wine Way


Two limousine services are available for hire to pick you up from The Lodges and take you to visit wineries or other destinations of your choice. Call them for more information or to make reservations.
Integrity Limo - 540-229-7466, ask for Gary
Lightfoot Limo - 540-829-0997


DuCard Winery (4 miles)

40 Gibson Hollow Lane, Etlan, VA

(540) 923-4206

Very close to The Lodges! Good for small outside weddings. Lovely patio often with entertainment. Their 2010 Viognier recently represented the State of Virginia in a blind tasting challenge versus a top French wine producer ($80 per bottle) and was judged a dead heat tie by a panel of international wine judges! They serve chocolate with their reds. Fantastic! DuCard also has a unique Food and Wine program that is great for small groups – gourmet foods paired with their wines in a fun and intimate setting. Details at BarrelRoomReservations

Sharp Rock Vineyards (4 miles)

5 Sharp Rock Road, Sperryville, VA

(540) 987-8020

Very close to The Lodges! They craft twelve award-winning wines produced in limited quantities from handpicked grapes grown in their vineyards. Renovated 100 year old barn tasting room.


Gadino Winery (13 miles)

Sperryville, VA

(540) 987-9292

Stop on your way to The Lodges for an assortment of fine wines, gourmet cheeses and sausage all provided in their Italian-inspired tasting room. A deck overlooks the year round gardens, vineyards and the Blue Ridge Mountains. You can bring your own picnic lunch and pets are welcomed at the winery when leashed.


Little Washington Winery (15 miles)

Washington, VA

(540) 987-8330

Stop on your way to The Lodges and visit a winery tucked into the edge of Shenandoah National Park at Washington Virginia, the town George Washington laid out in 1749. Sip a glass of wine while you gaze at a stunning panoramic vista of the Blue Ridge Mountains.


Early Mountain Winery (17 miles)

6109 Wolftown Hood Rd., Madison, VA


A beautiful place. A winery built without a budget! If you have time it is worth a visit. Great for large weddings and other rooms for special occasions. A tasting selection from several Virginia wineries.


Prince Michel Winery (17 miles)

Route 29, Leon, VA

(540) 547-9720

Has dining on special occasions such as Mother’s Day, also banquet rooms, weddings also available. Thirsty Thursday occurs the 2nd Thursday of each month 5 pm to 8 pm with live music, wine tastings and supper fare available for purchase.


Gray Ghost Winery (26 miles)

14706 Lee Highway (Route 211), Amissville, VA

(540) 937-4869

This is a nice stop on your way to The Lodges if you are proceeding from Warrenton on Route 211. Look for them on the left side of the road close to Amissville. The winery is family owned and operated and is placing Virginia on the international wine map by producing internationally acclaimed wines. They offer a knowledgeable staff, southern hospitality, beautiful picnic grounds and spacious indoor facilities


Narmanda Winery (26 miles)

Route 211, Amissville, VA

(540) 937-8215

This is another nice stop on your way to The Lodges if you are proceeding from Warrenton on Route 211. Look for them on the right side of the road close to Amissville. Narmada Winery boasts 51 acres of beautiful rolling countryside in Virginia’s Rappahannock County. With vineyards planted a decade ago, the winery itself opened in 2009. The winery has received an impressive number of gold medals in its short history, highlighted by garnering two of the six gold medals achieved by Virginia wineries in the 2013 San Francisco International Wine Competition.


Rappahannock Cellars (27 miles)

Huntly, VA

(540) 635-9398

Recognizing the promise in Virginia wines, they moved the family’s winery from California to the Blue Ridge Mountains in the heart of Virginia. This is truly a family vineyard with 12 children all involved in the winery! With careful tending of the vineyard and exacting knowledge of the cellar they strive to create rich, supple, and elegant wines, dedicated to the winegrower’s art.


Barboursville Winery (30 miles)

Barboursville, VA

(540) 832-3824

The entire estate is open for tasting their wines during a stroll or on a picnic. The hosts conduct tastings continuously in the Tuscan Tasting Room, every day of the week, and in Library 1821 on weekends. Guided tours of the winery are offered, on Saturday and Sunday. Guests may guide themselves on a tour of the landmark ruins of one of Thomas Jefferson's true architectural masterpieces. In addition, there is upscale dining with great food!


Horton Cellars (31 miles)

Gordonsville, VA

(800) 829-4633

A nice vineyard to visit. A short distance down the road from Barboursville. Wine lover and entrepreneur Dennis Horton began his winemaking venture with a small home vineyard in Madison County, Virginia in 1983. Since that time it has grown into one of the outstanding vineyards of Virginia.
Great vineyard to visit. 50 wines to taste & a short distance down the road from Barboursville


Unicorn Winery (32 miles)

Amissville, VA

(540) 349-5885

This is yet another nice stop on your way to The Lodges if you are proceeding from Warrenton on Route 211 it is a short distance to the right on Route 622. The boutique winery produces about 2000 cases annually. Their wines have been exceptionally well received by locals and by out of town guests who tour the winery facility


Trump Winery (55 miles)

3550 Blenheim Road
Charlottesville, VA

(434) 984-4855

Trump Winery is Virginia’s largest vineyard. This vinevard planted in 1999 was originally owned by the Kluge family of Virginia but was purchased by Donald Trump in a bankrupcy sale. It is situated on a 1,300-acre estate just a few miles from Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. The winery features over 50,000 square feet of state of the art winemaking facilities, 100,000 gallon tank capacity, and 750 barrel cave producing sparkling, white, and red wines.



A complete spectrum of dining is available, from a country bar in Madison, VA, to total excellence at the world class Inn at Little Washington in Washington, VA. And there are many to choose from in-between these extremes. Many restaurants require reservations.


Little Country Store (2 miles)
Etlan, VA
(540) 923-4805
Breakfast sandwiches, hamburgers, etc. Outstanding BBQ on some weekends. They will deliver to The Lodges.


Graves Mountain Lodge (6 miles)
Syria, VA
(540) 923-4231
Summer dinner is served family style on long tables. A country menu includes fried chicken, mashed potatoes, green peas. Closed from Thanksgiving until spring.


Mountaineer Cafe (11 miles)
Madison, VA
(540) 948-6815
This cafe offers local Madison hospitality and a casual atmosphere along with special momentos from Madison's own athletic teams. Very inexpensive but good This is our go-to favorite for breakfast.


Madison Inn (11 miles)
Madison, VA
(540) 948-5095
Moderately priced menu and pleasant surroundings. The new chef is turning out excellent dishes.


Pig and Steak (11 miles)
Madison, VA
(540) 948-3130
Old country bar and restaurant with good ribs, hamburgers and cheap beer! Try the fried dill pickles—they’re a must-try local delicacy.


Thornton River Grille (11 miles)
Sperryville, VA
(540) 987-8790
Ribs, steaks, shrimp & free range chicken. Nice mix of medium priced entrees. Kobe beef hamburgers with a load of fries.Sperryville, VA (540) 987-8790


Giovanna's Italian Eatery (13 miles)
Madison, VA
(540) 948-5454
A moderately priced Italian restaurant with lots of good selections. Not fancy but provides good pizzas, excellent pastas, and lots of other terrific menu entries. This is one of our go-to favorites for an inexpensive dinner.


Blue Rock Restaurant (15 miles)
Washington, VA
(540) 987-3388
A classic country restaurant with a picturesque view located on 80 rolling acres in Rappahannock County. There is a choice of fine dining with good quality at reasonable prices, or the Blue Horse Pub and patio alternative. Sunday brunch is served.


Bavarian Chef (16 miles)
Route 29 Madison, VA
(540) 948-6505
Excellent German food. Diners drive from Washington, DC for authentic German fare. Reservations required on weekends.


Piedmont Steakhouse (19 miles)
110 E. Cameron St. Culpepper, VA
(540) 825-4444
Piedmont strives to serve the freshest regional products available, at a fair price, and with superior service. Located in an 1890's historic brick building, the restaurant features steaks, seafood and pasta. A bit pricey but excellent service and food. Has a cozy bar and lounge area.110 E. Cameron St. Culpepper, VA (540) 825-4444


Pancho Villa (19 miles)
910 S. Main St
Culpeper, VA 22701
the Pacheco Family founded the restaurant in May of 1993 with a mission to provide the most authentic, fresh, Mexican cuisine, in a family friendly atmosphere.


Copper Fish (19 miles)
140 East Davis St. Culpeper, VA
(540) 829-7133
Excellent seafood with many choices.


Foti’s Restaurant (19 miles)
219 E. Davis St. Culpepper, VA
(540) 829-8400
Upscale dining. Reservations on weekends.


Lucio Restaurant (19 miles)
702 S. Main St. Culpeper, VA
(540) 829-9788
Located in a small house. Excellent Italian food at reasonable prices.


Griffins Tavern (22 miles)
659 Zachary Taylor Hwy Flint Hill, VA
(540) 675-3227
A new tavern was developed from an old home with an English pub flavor. Fresh fish and chips, and good burgers are served with an excellent variety of beers on tap. For caterering, contact Rachel Rowland at (540) 923-4448. She has been used by previous folks with outstanding reviews stating that superb food and excellent service were provided.


Inn at Meander Plantation (22 miles)
2333 N. James Madison Hwy, Locust Dale, VA
(540) 672-4912
While we have not personally eaten at this restaurant, we have heard favorable reports of excellent meals.


Willow Grove (23 miles)
14079 Plantation Way Orange, VA
(540) 829-7133
Excellent well-presented food. Two, three and four courses available with or without wine pairing. Call for reservations.


Elmwood at Sparks (27 miles)
124 W. Main St., Orange, VA
(540) 672-0060
Elegant dining; Sunday brunch; carry-out available ($20 for 3 people); Special arrangements can be made to cook at the lodge.


Inn at Little Washington (28 miles)
Middle & Main Streets Washington, VA
(540) 675-3800
Longest running 5 diamond restaurant in America (25 straight years). There are only a total of 5 such restaurants to receive this award. Very expensive. Reservations are a must.


Barboursville Palladio (30 miles)
Barboursville, VA
(540) 832-7848
Excellent well-presented food. Two, three and four courses available with or without wine pairing. Call for reservations.


The Pomme (30 miles)
Gordonsville, VA
(540) 832-0130
Small elegant upscale French dining with over fifty years of culinary experience. Welcomes diners and guests to a warm and inviting recreation of the French countryside with its rustic brick work, restored hardwood floors, and Provencal-inspired colors.