Tomahawk Mill Vineyard and Winery

Tomahawk Mill Vineyard and Winery

Upon arriving at this winery, you may not be able to find anyone near the tasting room. If so, ring the bell in the parking lot. The employees are often out in the vineyard so you may have to wait a few minutes for them arrive.

The Homeplace Vineyard

The Homeplace Vineyard

If you visit this winery, look for the state provided "wine tours" signs on Climax Road as the winery's signs are moderately difficult to see. Once you find the entrance it is a short drive to the tasting room. The simple exterior of the tasting room belies a beautiful wood interior.

Virginia Wine Tweeters Are Where You Might Expect Them

Virginia Tweet Clusters

Based upon the 5,000 tweets we gathered regarding Virginia wine (See Virginia Wineries Don't Tweet), we examined where these tweets originated from within Virginia and found eight distinct areas. Most tweeters were in the northern, central and eastern areas of Virginia.

Virginia Wineries Don't Tweet

During the spring of 2015, one of us (Dale) spent 10 weeks gathering Twitter social media data related to Virginia's wine industry. Ultimately, we ended up with just over 5,000 tweets. (Not a sample but the full number of tweets for this period.) Our objective was to explore this industry and discover the geographic and social patterns formed by these Twitter users.

Virginia's American Viticultural Areas

Virginia is home to six American Viticultural Areas (AVAs) plus a seventh that it shares with West Virginia. Viticultural areas are defined by the U.S. federal government's Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) regulations [Source: 27 CFR Part 9].

Magnolia Vineyards

Magnolia Vineyards

We came across this winery by accident in 2015 while taking a wander in the Virginia countryside. The tasting room interior appeared to be under construction back then and it still has that look. The owners are planning a new, nearby stand-alone tasting room.

Morais Vineyards & Winery

Morais Vineyards & Winery

Morais Vineyards & Winery has one of the most attractive tasting rooms we have been to. The large circular tasting bar sits in the center of the room under a high, vaulted ceiling. This area is surrounded by tables and chairs both inside and outside the tasting room.

Granite Heights Winery

Granite Heights Winery

The property gives every appearance of a working farm and the tasting room is located in a barely converted farm house that dates back to the 1800s. Inside, the winery conducts seated tastings only at tables scattered between several rooms.

Gray Ghost Vineyards

Gray Ghost Vineyards

Surrounded by their vineyard and a very short drive from the main road, you will find their tasting room. The winery is named for the Confederate partisan raider, John S. Mosby, who operated in the area during the American Civil War.

Little Washington Winery

Little Washington Winery

Traversing a steep, bumpy, gravel road leads you to limited angled parking under shade trees near the tasting room. Little Washington Winery has upgraded their steps leading up a short hill to the rear of the converted home used as their tasting room.

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