Fredericksburg is a town on the Rappahannock River in Virginia, south of Washington, D.C. Known for its colonial and Civil War history. It’s home to the four battlefields of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park – Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Wilderness, and Spotsylvania Court House.
An excellent way to spend your weekend in Fredericksburg, Virginia, is at one of the many wineries and distilleries surrounding it. The geographic location makes this part of Virginia a well-known producer of wine, beer, and spirits alike. Let’s explore just a few wineries, breweries, and distilleries in and around Fredericksburg.
- The A. Smith Bowman Distillery
The A. Smith Bowman Distillery is a distillery that was initially based on the Bowman family’s 7,200-acre Sunset Hills Farm in Fairfax County, Virginia, United States, which later became the proposed community of Reston. The distillery was established in 1934 on the day after Prohibition by Abram Smith Bowman and his sons Abram Smith, Jr., and DeLong. From the time of its establishment until the 1950s, it was the only licensed whiskey distillery in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The notable brands created by the distillery were the Virginia Gentleman and Fairfax County bourbon whiskeys. In February 1988, it relocated to Spotsylvania County, near Fredericksburg, into a former FMC Corp. cellophane plant at One Bowman Drive where operation continues as a micro-distillery controlled by the Sazerac Company. Taste gin, vodka, rum, tequila, whiskey, and scotch here.
- The Hartwood Winery
The Hardwood Winery is nearly twenty years old but its family-owned aesthetic has taken it far since it first opened in 1989. Their wine is prepared locally in Fredericksburg and has been a hit amongst locals and competitors. They are located in Fredericksburg’s outskirts in what is known as the “densest deer population” in Virginia. They host various functions throughout the year including Barrel tasting, Mid-Winter and Mid-Summer Fests, banquets, and open houses.
- Mattaponi Winery
The Mattaponi Winery started as a Christmas tree farm and grew into a winery several years ago. They are a modest, family-owned winery with a foot in most carnivals and fairs throughout Virginia. Their name is inspired by the three rivers they reside by – the Matta, Po, and Ni.
- Lake Anna Winery
The Lake Anna Winery is located in a lovely stretch of land just three miles out of Fredericksburg. They sponsor various events commencing in May, including jazz festivals, bluegrass parties, a Renaissance Fair, and themed dinners. Lake Anna’s full blends of award-winning wines are even better when tasted in its breathtaking vineyard.
- Blue and Gray Brewing Company
The Blue and Gray Brewing Company is a heaven for beer aficionados because they do it well. They offer tours throughout the week, including Saturdays and highlight a free sampling of their wide variety of brews. Blue and Gray are renowned for their Falmouth Pale Ale, Fred Red Ale, Classic Lager, and Stonewall Stout. They have scored numerous seasonal beers to their menu, including Spiced Winter Ale for November till January, Chocolate Raspberry Stout for January through February, and Virginia Hefeweizen for May through September.