Glen Manor Vineyards is one of the many wonderful wineries and vineyards surrounding The Inn at Vaucluse Spring. Along with its visitor popularity, the 212-acre Glen Manor Vineyards has previously received accolades as the best winery in Virginia. And these awards are not unprecedented. Glen Manor Vineyards offers expertly crafted wines in the beautiful landscape below Front Royal’s Skyline Drive on the western flank of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The sloping farm features incredibly scenic views of Shenandoah National Park, while the tasting room looks out onto the peaceful, hilly landscape. Here are just a few things you will enjoy during your visit to Glen Manor Vineyards.
Glen Manor Vineyards History
The history of Glen Manor Vineyards begins back in 1995 when the original six-acre plot was established. However, the property was first purchased all the way back in 1901 with the first generation to live and farm on the land. The establishment in the 1990s began with a descendant of the original occupants, the Lawsons. Jeffrey Raymond comes from a long line of Lawsons, who began by growing wheat and corn in the lower fertile fields of the farm and then expanded to plant apple and pear orchards, which are still used today. The farm worked its way down the ancestral ladder until Jeffrey envisioned the project that is today Glen Manor Vineyards.
In 2006, a new vineyard was created, beginning with an expansion to the northeast. A fresh site was cleared, with a ravine running between the two vineyard areas and providing a water source. The new site featured 25 acres of steep slopes and deep, rocky soils. In 2007, the winery was constructed to complement the existing farm and countryside. Then, In 2008, four acres of vineyards were established on the plateau and southern slopes. The featured grapes planted were Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. Then, the following year, an additional four-and-a-half acres were planted of Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot. Now, the current Glen Manor Vineyards span the entire extensive area in the unique glen among the 1,400 to 3,400 foot high mountains.
Glen Manor Vineyards Wines & Winery
The award-winning wines at Glen Manor Vineyards include blends from 2005 onward. The wine library includes archived productions from as far back as 2005. Currently available options range from 2013 to 2015. Current bottles for purchase include a 2013 Hodder Hill, 2013 St. Ruth, 2013 Cabernet Franc, 2013 Vin Rouge, 2015 Morales Rose, and 2015 Sauvignon Blanc.
These will be available by the glass as well when you visit the Glen Manor Vineyards winery. Tasting fees range from $4 to $12, and though there is no food to pair with your glasses, you can bring your own picnic to enjoy on the grounds. The winery is open Wednesday through Saturday from 11am to 5pm and Sundays from noon to 5pm during April through November. December through March, the hours shift to exclusively Fridays and Saturdays from 11am to 5pm and Sundays from noon to 5pm. The friendly staff is an added bonus to the delicious wines!
Stay at The Inn at Vaucluse Spring
After your visit to Glen Manor Vineyards, come back to The Inn at Vaucluse Spring for some much-needed rest and relaxation. Enjoy our restaurant, following up a few glasses of wine. Then, settle into your luxurious yet charming accommodations for a quiet evening. For more vineyards in the area, as well as other local attractions, download our free vacation guide.