The Cottages at Sharp Rock Vineyards
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Sharp Rock Vineyards, located on the Hughes River at the foot of Old Rag Mountain, is one of the most beautiful vineyard locations in Virginia. When you visit, you are invited to taste our wines, meander through the vineyards, and meet our dogs. Then settle in at a picnic table or hammock to absorb our exceptional scenery, enjoy our wine, and sample our gourmet cheeses and bread (or your own picnic lunch).
Our tasting room is open Mid-February through December, Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. We are also open by appointment year-round. When you cannot visit, we invite you to shop in our online store, where you can conveniently order wine for direct shipment to your home.
Life on the Farm
Wake to golden sun rays peeking over the mountains. Lull yourself into a complacent, slower rhythm of life as the Hughes River plays its constant song. Unwind by relaxing on the decks while you drink in the refreshing air. Stroll through the vineyard, or simply cozy up in your cottage with a good book or conversation. We have two lovely accommodations from which to choose.
Travelers are always looking for memorable and relaxing experiences. Let’s discover more through the words of our innkeepers. Many thanks to Kathy & Jimm East for sharing their own secrets with BBOnline.com! Why do most travelers stay at your inn?
An easy getaway( 1.5 hours away) from Washington DC area and as a convenient location to visit Shenandoah National Park and hike Old Rag Mountain, the eastern US’s most hiked mountain.
What are you best known for? What makes your inn unique? What do you love most about your inn?
Private cottages at a historic 220 year old farm, vineyard, and winery. We are a rarity, B&B cottages at a working farm winery.
If someone has never been to your city, what is the #1 reason to come visit?
We are not in a city, our county has only 8000 people. People come to get away from the city. They come for privacy, hiking, sightseeing, wine.
What’s the best compliment you have ever received about the inn?
The fact that 40% of our guests are repeat visitors.
What’s the best kept secret about the area?
Our county is the only one in Virginia without a stoplight.
If a traveler is staying at your inn for 4 nights, what should he/she do in the area?
Hike Old Rag Mountain, have a picnic on Skyline, drive in Shenandoah Nat’l Park. Spend a day touring the local wineries and antique shops. Hike to the waterfalls in White Oak Canyon.
Is there anything within walking distance of your inn?
On our property, we have a civil war graveyard, a mountain trout stream, vineyards, a winery, all with mountain views. Why walk anywhere else?
What is your favorite restaurant/food in the area?
The Inn at Little Washington & Thornton River Grill.
Any good area guides/websites that travelers could reference?
Shenandoah Nat’l Park, www.nps.gov/shen/index.htm
Rappahannock County, www.rappahannockcountyva.gov/about.html
How many rooms does your inn have?
We have 2 cottages, The Carriage House and The Cottage.
Do you accept pets?
We do not accept pets.
Sharp Rock farm was established in the late 1700s by the Yowell family. The farm was named after the sharp edge of a large granite outcropping now covered by a bridge over the Hughes River. The first farmhouse was a small cottage built in the 1790s. Johannes Yowell built the main house shortly after his return from the Civil War (circa 1866); he and his wife Elizabeth are buried in a small cemetery on the property.
The first vineyards were planted in 1992, three acres of Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc. The second planting consisted of two acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, special Chardonnay clones, and Sauvignon Blanc. The popularity of Sharp Rock reds led to the planting of another acre in 2003 split between Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.
The winery opened in September of 1998. In 1999, the 1998 Sauvignon Blanc won the first Sharp Rock medal -- a bronze at the Virginia Vinifera Association competition. In 2000, the 1999 Chardonnay Reserve received the first gold at the Virginia State Fair. Every year since then Sharp Rock wines have won many awards in state, national, and international competitions.
Award Winning Wines
Sharp Rock Vineyards is a "boutique" winery, with wines made in small lots from hand-selected grapes. All but two wines are made from grapes grown on the property: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, and Cabernet Sauvignon. The "Chamois" wines, named in memory of the Armors' late dog, Shammy, are blended with small amounts of purchased Vidal and Chamboursin grapes. Sharp Rock's newest wines are the Chamois label: a semi-dry white wine blended from Chardonnay and Vidal, and a semi-dry red blended from Chamboursin and Cabernet Franc.
Set in an unspoiled, rolling valley at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains with the Hughes River gently meandering along the property, Sharp Rock's twenty-five acres embody the peace and pleasures of country life at its best. Sharp Rock Farm is not only a bed and breakfast but a working vineyard and winery. Guests are invited to tour the vineyard and taste the award-winning wines in our tasting room.
AdventuringHike the nearby, legendary Old Rag Mountain (it's the sharp peak you see from your deck). First time hikers can travel to White Oak Canyon Falls for an easy sojourn. Little Devil Stairs attracts more experienced climbers. Take a short drive to the famed Luray Caverns. You can go horseback riding, antiquing, gallery-hunting or wine tasting. You can try your luck at fishing for fresh mountain trout right in your own yard. In warmer months, take a refreshing dip in the clear, mountain-fed water of the Sharp Rock swimming hole.
Weddings & Special Events
Each year, we provide the setting for everything from weddings, music events, small business getaways, family reunions, and birthdays. With Old Rag Mountain and the vineyards as the backdrop, talk with us about hosting your next special gathering at Sharp Rock.
• Riverside and Vineyard Weddings and Receptions
• Wine and Music Festivals
• Private group and winery events