My husband and I are based in the UK and came to visit Shenandoah for the first time this past weekend. We were staying at the Inn at Vaucluse Spring, which allowed us to have a free tasting at Linden Vineyards and also access their charming sitting area for wine and cheese after our tasting and tour. Normally you only get access if you are a member, which means buying a case of wine. They sell most of their wine to members, a bit to restaurants, and none to shops. It is worth checking with your B&B to ask if they have the same agreement – this touch made our visit to Linden very special. We had the best technical wine tour we have ever had at Linden – we got there at 11:30am on a Sunday and were able to have a one-on-one tour with a very knowledgeable member of their team (Andrew). He took us to the grounds and walked us through every step of the winemaking process in a clear manner and was able to answer all our detailed questions. Truly a treat. The grounds are large and very beautiful, as is the reception area of the vineyard, hung with lovely local art, a very appealing environment in which to spend an afternoon.
The tastings are lovely; wines are surprisingly good, & in quite a number of styles.The staff who do these are very friendly, but vary quite a bit in their knowledge of wine.
Top tip 1: On a Sunday, arrive at 11:30 for the tour -- you'll beat the crowds -- it gets busier from about noon onwards
Top tip 2: See if your B&B lets you access their seating area -- then order some wines and some local cheeses -- definitely also try the Sperryano ham, a fabulous jamon Serrano/prosciutto style ham made locally, with a baguette (a batard from Tribeca ovens)
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