Barren Ridge Vineyards is a small, family-owned winery in the heart of the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. Owned by John and Shelby Higgs, the property was originally purchased in 1934 by John’s father James Higgs, an apple grower. John grew up here, picking apples and cultivating an appreciation for the land and for the agricultural heritage of this region. Decades later, after his retirement from Phillip Morris, John and his wife Shelby cleared the overgrown apple orchard and planted a vineyard. They renovated the old apple packing barn and transformed it into a state-of-the-art winery, tasting room, and event facility, using reclaimed wood and preserving the charm and character of the original building. Now they welcome guests from far and wide to enjoy the rustic tranquility and natural beauty of Barren Ridge Vineyards while savoring a glass of one of their award-winning, handcrafted wines.Barren Ridge Vineyards is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , international travel planner Edition.
Barren Ridge Vineyards reviews
What a gem we found when we came to Barren Ridge. It’s a beautiful spot, spotless clean, overlooks the vineyard, outdoor seating, massive stone fireplace, very friendly staff, even met the owners... more »
Really enjoyed our jaunt out to Barren Ridge after driving through the lower part of Shenandoah National Park. They have a great socially-distanced outdoor space to enjoy the wine and the views. We... more »
Such an amazing vineyard. Abby was wonderful with our tasting (and extremely patient with my children -ages 2 and 7). They made us feel incredibly welcome, and bent over backwards to make the children feel welcome when it was too windy to sit outside. The owner’s daughter-in-law even brought over paper and pens/pencils so the kids would be entertained while we were enjoying our glass of wine. And I haven’t even touched on their wines....spectacular. I enjoyed each one I tasted that day. Abby was extremely knowledgeable and helped us pick a bottle to share. My review doesn’t do justice to the welcoming environment they created. This vineyard is a must-visit. I will be coming back for sure!
We spent a few hours here after having the place recommended by some locals. What at pleasant surprise it was. The vineyard is gorgeous, the wines are excellent and the staff is so knowledgeable and friendly. Can easily recommend it to others, and will definitely stop by should we ever return to Virginia!
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