Just a few miles outside of the Damascus town limits rests Abingdon Vineyard & Winery. It is a quaint farm winery spanning 53 acres, and considered one of the premier wineries of Southwest Virginia. The winery was founded in 1998 by the proprietors Bob Carlson and Janet Lee Nordin with the planting of their first 500 plants. Only three short years later, the vineyard expanded to over 6,000 plants. Their first fermentation began with their harvest of the year 2000, and their wine tasting room opened in June of 2001. Their various grape varieties today are Cabernet Franc, Riesling, Chardonel, Traminette, Pinot Noir, Chambourcin, and Viognier.
The picturesque area surrounding the winery is a park-like setting with many trees and wildlife, as well as the sounds of the rippling stream and the South Holston River. The Virginia Creeper Trail, which spans from Whitetop to Abingdon, Virginia, is only a half-mile from the winery. Many who traverse the Virginia Creeper Trail often stop by the winery to add a delightful experience to their day.
Abingdon Vineyard & Winery’s tasting room is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 AM to 6 PM, as well as Sunday from 12 PM to 6 PM. They are closed every Monday throughout the season (March 15 through December 15), as well as Thanksgiving. Tastings are free during the week and $5.00 on the weekends. Proceeds from their fees go to the guest’s choice of one of four different charities that they rotate monthly. They also have a wonderful on-site gift shop with a large selection of wine related gifts. Guests may also choose from a large selection of the vineyards own wines.
Visit their website at www.abingdonwinery.com
Want to visit Damascus?
Why choose the Damascus Inn for your Appalachian or Creeper Trail lodging? Known as “Trail Town, USA,” Damascus is traversed by several trails, including the famous Virginia Creeper Trail, Appalachian Trail, the Crooked Road Musical Heritage, the Trans-America National Bicycle, the Iron Mountain, and the Daniel Boone Heritage Trails. Damascus, Virginia is one of only a few towns where can you walk through the center of town and say you hiked the Appalachian Trail!