The vineyard is located just outside Sparta in the Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s beautiful out there. The owner was raised in Oregon and used to work for very large vineyards. And he wanted to open a small vineyard, work with local growers and practice sustainability.
I can’t wait to go back and spend some time on this cozy back porch.
The front porch overlooking the vineyard was equally as nice.
What a view!
Maizey loved it too.
Their tasting room was intimate and welcoming, and the super-friendly employees really knew their stuff.
I really liked their white wines. The cider was fun to taste but not my favorite cider ever…the employee pouring our tasting said each batch varies so I’d definitely try it again. The apples were local so that was cool.(Everything they use at the vineyard comes from within a 30 mile radius.)
There is really just a great vibe at McRitchnie Winery & Ciderworks – definitely check it out in you’re in the area! Plus, it’s a pretty drive to get there and there is a cute pumpkin patch nearby to add to your itinerary!
If you could have a dream second job, what would it be? Not a full-time gig, but just something fun to do on the side…. After my trip to McRitchie, I think pouring wine on the weekends at a beautiful winery would be pretty sweet! I’d learn about a lot of wine, everyone that visits is happy, and it seems like such an enjoyable atmosphere!