General's Ridge Vineyard: A getaway that's not far away
Do you yearn for peace and quiet at the end of a long week of fighting tunnel traffic? I have lived in places that the traffic is oppressive, confounding and even dangerous but the constant struggle of knowing that you’re at the mercy of bridge lifts, and tunnel accidents sometimes gives me a sinking feeling that is hard to shake.
Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to get away and feel relaxed without the struggle of fighting your way to the beach or negotiating another city? I have your answer and it’s closer than you’d imagine.
The Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail is a beautiful gem hidden in plain sight. I’ll tell you how to make the most of a trip to the northern neck and why each winery is special in it’s own right.
Prepare to be away from it all.
Our first look in this series is General's Ridge Vineyard. While you are only a couple hours out from Hampton Roads you’ll need to remember that you’re going to a more remote location. Having your phone charged and a backup map would be a smart idea. WiFi isn’t a given and neither is cell phone coverage in some of the places between wineries. I am tethered to the phone so much that this was a welcome way to truly unplug and enjoy the beauty that surrounds every passage.
Once a Marine, always a Marine and this vineyard sits on a gorgeous ridge and has a prestigious heritage steeped in service. You might spot a General on his off time, or many other military members who come in from time to time to relax with a glass of wine or a private tasting in their members only wine club room,Vines. Vines has events throughout the year and is a relaxed place to kick back when the weather is less-patio and more fireplace appropriate.
The wine, however, is what we come for. You’ll fine everything from bright whites, like their Viognier with it’s bright tropical notes and the Pinot Grigio that has a minerality and citrus that’d pairs so nicely with cheese, or grumpy children.
If you’re traveling around the area, this could be a perfect place to stay and make your home base. There is a manor house with second story balcony that overlooks acres of vines. I can’t imagine a more relaxing way to watch the sun go down.
Host an event, become an exclusive VIP wine club member or just come for the weekend and enjoy Virginia wine and vistas.
Purchase the Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail Passport Tasting Pass and save on your tastings at each winery on the trail. http://chesapeakebaywinetrail.com/tasting-pass/
NOTABLE: MOST VETERAN FRIENDLY VINEYARD, MOST HISTORIC, MOST LIKELY TO MAKE SILLY HATS
My name is Starlite, and before you ask, YES! My parents were hippies. I am an artist who has traveled all over the world and settled in Suffolk, VA. It's a quaint part of Hampton Roads that I liken to Mayberry at times.
I am an artist who teaches classes around Hampton Roads and sells private commissions for artwork and murals.
I am a big fan of sarcasm, craft beer & bourbon. I love the water and a good book, ferris wheels, bad dancing and good conversations.