BLUE RIDGE WINE TOUR

Duration: Approx. 5.5 hours.

Location: Meet at Barrel Chest Wine & Beer, 4035B Electric Road, Roanoke VA 24018. Or we offer pick up at 3 designated locations prior to the tour.

Adult

$55.00

6+ guests | $4 discount.

Adult with Box Lunch

$68.00

6+ guests | $4 discount.

Designated Driver

$40.00

Advance tickets are required. Ticketing service fee additional. Tickets are non-refundable, but are transferrable to other tours, times, dates, or Gift Certificate. Tours are held rain, shine, and in all temperatures. We reserve the right to cancel a tour due to weather or other factors if guest safety is a concern, or if there are less than 4 persons on a specific tour. In such cases a full refund is available.

Calendar of Weekly Tours.

Bus tour to local wineries includes breathtaking views & award winning wine. Available for Private Group tours only during winter months.

  • Meet new friends. Bond with friends and family. A great group outing!
  • Be greeted with a glass of wine.
  • Visit and tour 2 vineyard/wineries.
  • At least 6 wine tastings at each winery.
  • Plus a glass of wine of your selection.
  • Guided tour of winery.
  • Public tours April - Nov., Private Tours available year round.

This is a bus tour. Maximum capacity is 14.

Wine tastings included in tour.

Tour is for guests 21 and over only.

Tour duration is approx. 5.5 hours.

Public Tours are held weekly from April to late fall on Sunday afternoon.

Tours held rain or shine. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes for walking.

Private Tours are available year round Tuesday – Sunday, for up to 14 guests.

Sorry, this tour can NOT accommodate guests with mobility disabilities or wheelchairs.


What to Expect

On the Blue Ridge Wine Tour allow us to escort you to local farm wineries where you’ll taste wines, go behind the scenes to explore vineyards and wine making facilities, learn the basics of wine making (“Wine Making 101”), and uncover the legacy of Virginia’s wine history.  Fun, convenient and memorable!

Ever wondered how red wines get their color?  Why is Virginia’s climate so challenging for growing grapes?  Whether you’re a casual wine drinker or a sommelier you’re sure to enjoy a tour of our local farm wineries, lively wine conversation, and the opportunity to sample the work of our local wines artisans.  Our local guides will share their knowledge and enthusiasm for our local wine scene.  Chances are you’ll meet some of those involved in helping to make Virginia a top 10 Wine Destination in the U.S.

Why Take the Tour?

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Our tours are part of our region’s exploding “Think Local – Support Local – Drink Local” movement.  Enjoy an afternoon at beautiful wineries sipping wine with friends (old and new) and gaining new insights!   If you’re already an expert in understanding European wine labels and have a well-stocked wine cellar – you’ll still savor touring our region’s small farm vineyards and meeting some of the dedicated and colorful personalities responsible for making Virginia a prime wine destination.  If you’re a visitor to Roanoke and our region – join us early in your stay and discover Blue Ridge wines like an insider!

Food & Box Lunch Options

You’re encouraged to bring along a small bag/cooler of your own food on the tour. We do provide water and light bagged snacks on the bus.

As an alternative, we also provide a choice of four Box Lunches options from Wildflour Cafe at Towers. These lunches are beautifully prepared and travel well. Sometimes guests find that sharing one boxed lunch is plenty!

We do plan time during the tour to eat at the first winery we visit.

If you buy a ticket “With Box Lunch”, you’ll indicate your selection during check out. Options include:

1. Cranberry-Walnut Chicken Salad wrap, house-made, with lettuce and tomato in a wheat wrap. Served with fresh-cut potato chips and fresh fruit.

2. House-made hummus wrap with roasted red peppers, Kalamata olives, feta cheese, tomato, and lettuce. Served with pita points and fresh fruit.

3. Cheese, Meat & Cracker assortment. Chef’s choice.

4. Gluten free option. Hummus with Vegetables for dipping, tortilla chips, and fresh fruit. Gluten free option is subject to some changes.

Ready to Join Us?

Ready to enjoy the tastes and sights and fun of the Blue Ridge Wine Tour?
Call (800) 656-0713 or click “BOOK NOW” to purchase tickets.

Still have questions? See the Frequently Asked Questions at bottom of this page.  Or call us directly (540) 309-1781.

Have a Group?  A Special Occasion?
A Private Wine Tour is Great Fun!

You can rent our bus, for a private tour of up to 14 persons – it’s the perfect fun outing for wedding parties, birthdays, company functions and other groups. Click “PRIVATE TOURS” in right-hand column for pricing and information.

Amazing scenery and awatd winning wine await.

Blue Ridge Vineyard -

One of the early vineyards in the modern era of Virginia resting high in the mountains on a fault-line. You’ll enjoy the view as much as the wine. (Vineyard est. 1985).

Fincastle Vineyard & Winery -

Botetourt County's first farm winery. Family operated winery and bed & breakfast with a special emphasis on quality, not quantity. Est. 2003

Virginia Mountain Vineyard -

Producing estate wines from over 9 acres of vines nestled between the Blue Ridge and Appalachian Mountains. Vineyards est. 1998. Winery est. 2006

Hickory Hill Vineyard & Winery -

First planted in 1984, one of Virginia's oldest vineyards and wineries celebrates 11 years as a winery and decades of growing wine grapes in a unique microclimate.

Ramulose Ridge Vineyard -

This beautiful family owner vineyard has quickly emerged as a destination. Award winning wines and a recent new banquet and tasting venue await. Est. 2004.

White Rock Vineyard, Winery & Brew Haus -

New owners Greg and Michele bring over 20 years our passion for high quality wines and craft beers.

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Barrel Chest Wine & Beer -

Our start location: Sip & shop is the Barrel Chest way! Roanoke's largest retail selection of fine wine and craft beer modeled after similar stores with drink tasting and retail under one roof. Est. 2014

Wildflour Cafe at Towers -

Our optional box lunches: Wildflour Cafe at Towers is a top rated family owned restaurant. Great food for lunch and dinner and fabulous optional box lunches for our Wine Tour guests. Est. 1991


Where to Meet

Meet at Barrel Chest Wine & Beer, 4035-B Electric Road, Roanoke VA 24018. Or we offer pick up at 3 designated locations prior to the tour.

Meeting Location

4035b Electric Road
Roanoke, VA, United States

Get Directions

Have questions? Here's the most frequently asked.

The tour starts and finishes at Barrel Chest Wine & Beer – 4035 Electric Road, Suite B Roanoke, VA 24018.  That is unless you indicate one of our pick up locations.  In that case we’ll drop you back off after the tour where you started.

Yes, each tour begins at the designated time at Barrel Chest. You can meet us at Barrel Chest , or we can pick up you and your party at 3 hotel locations prior to the tour. All guests will be dropped off at the location of their pickup. Please note the pick up times indicated. Drop off at hotel locations will be after the tour is completed. When purchasing tickets you’ll be asked to indicate a pickup/drop off location.

  1. Courtyard by Marriott – Roanoke Airport (front entrance) 3301 Ordway Drive, NW Roanoke, VA 24017 Hotel Phone #: (540) 563-5002 Pick Up Time – Approx. 45 minutes prior to the indicated tour start time.
  2. Roanoke Visitor’s Center (across the street from Hotel Roanoke) 101 Shenandoah Avenue, NE Roanoke, VA 24016 Phone #: (540) 342-6025 Pick Up Time – Approx. 20 minutes prior to the indicated tour start time.
  3. Holiday Inn at Tanglewood 4468 Starkey Road Roanoke, VA 24018 Phone #: (540) 774-4400 Pick Up Time – Approx. 10 minutes prior to the indicated tour start time.

Nope, although sampling the selection of local wine at each winery/vineyard is a huge part of the tour. The tour is also intended to be fun and educational, we’ll go behind the scenes and tour facilities, learn about the wine making process, and experience the differences of each winery. Additionally we’ll share the stories of each winery and share insight and historical information about the Virginia wine movement. All this while spending time with friends and like-minded wine fans. That sounds like a fun!

We provide, as part of the tour, 6 tastings at each winery.  Also after the tastings, you’ll have your option of a short pour glass of wine at each winery.  Plus you’ll be greeted at the starting location with a glass of a delicious Virginia wine.

We certainly recommend eating before the tour. But you are also permitted and encouraged to bring food with you on the tour. We normally take a few minutes at the first winery to permit guests to enjoy food with their wine. During check out you can also elect to buy a boxed lunch that will be prepared and brought on the tour. There are a handful of menu options including a vegetarian and a gluten free option. See the Wine Tour page for complete details about these box lunches.

Still have questions?   Visit our FAQ page to submit your own

"I recently moved to Roanoke and took my mom and aunt on the Blue Ridge Winery Tour. I have to say that this is an amazing tour and I highly recommend this to locals and out of town people alike. This is a must do tour!"

Heidi S. - via Yelp

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