Fishersville, VA 22939
About Barren Ridge Vineyards
Barren Ridge Vineyards is a small vineyard and winery in the heart of Virginia’s beautiful Shenandoah Valley. Owners John and Shelby Higgs opened the vineyard in April of 2008, but the land has been in John’s family since 1934, when his father purchased what was then St. James Orchard. As John and his siblings grew up and went their separate ways, and as the Virginia apple industry dried up, the orchard fell into neglect. The land became overgrown, and the old apple packing shed was almost falling down when John and Shelby decided to revive the property as a vineyard and winery.
Clearing the land, planting and tending the vines, and transforming the packing shed into a state-of-the-art winery has been a labor of love for the Higgs family. Open seven days a week for tours and tastings, Barren Ridge Vineyards now offers fourteen award-winning wines. The winery's cozy tasting room and expansive patio invite guests to enjoy breath-taking views of the vineyard and Alleghany Mountains. In the winter, three large stone fireplaces beckon visitors to curl up and escape from the cold with a glass of wine. Ideal as either the backdrop for a wedding or a beautiful setting for a casual picnic with friends, Barren Ridge Vineyards is waiting to welcome you with a taste of the Shenandoah Valley.