Meet the Winners – Best Winery
#1 Good Luck Cellars
Paul and Katie Krop of Good Luck Cellars began the process of opening the winery in 2005 when the first grapes were planted on the 12-acre grounds just outside of Kilmarnock.
The first glass of wine was poured in 2010.
The tasting room, which opened in 2011, features nearly 3,000-square-feet of porch space and grassy areas so patrons can enjoy a picnic and a glass of their favorite wine. The grounds and event space make the winery a popular location for weddings and special events. There’s 4,500 square feet of indoor space and the surrounding acreage is available for private outdoor events.
On Friday nights, guests can enjoy music by Bob Wilson and food from Byrd’s Seafood Co. food truck from 5 to 8 p.m. for Friday Night Wine Downs.
Good Luck Cellars, 1025 Good Luck Road, Kilmarnock.
Open Thurs. 11 a.m. through 6 p.m., Fri. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sun. 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Mon. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
#2 Dog and Oyster Vineyard
Part of the Hope and Glory Inn, the Dog and Oyster Vineyard welcomes visitors with two 40-foot-tall corkscrews. Named after the dogs which protect the vines and Chesapeake Bay’s tasty bivalve, the vineyard was purchased by the owners of Hope and Glory in 2011.
The vineyard consists of more than six acres of Vinefera and French American vines.
It also features a SLIP and SLURP private-party experience where guests can pair oysters prepared by Chef Stuart Tyson with wine from the vineyard.
The Dog and Oyster Vineyard, 170 White Fences Drive, Irvington. Open every day May through October, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Open Thursday through Monday April and November, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Open weekends, December through March, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
#3 Ingleside Vineyards
Ingleside Vineyards is one of Virginia’s oldest and largest wineries and produces over 18 types of wine from its estate-grown grapes. The vineyards at Ingleside cover over 50 acres and are divided into four sections.
Along with a tasting room, the vineyard offers a gift shop, museum and European-inspired courtyard, where guests are urged to enjoy a glass of wine and their own picnic lunch.
Ingleside hosts a number of wine events during the year including its Jazz in the Courtyard event and a Harvest Celebration.
Overnight stays are also offered in two waterfront homes.
Ingleside Vineyards, 5872 Leedstown Road, Colonial Beach.
Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. everyday except for Sundays which is 12 to 6 p.m.