Though locals have always known it, Richmond has increasingly become a renowned drinking and dining destination. With a rich culinary mix of traditional and new Southern fare, more than 30 craft breweries, and dozens of wineries dotting the fertile Virginia landscape, there’s no shortage of fabulous places to enjoy a drink, sample world-class cuisine, and take in the local scenery with family and friends. And the best part? When you live at Chickahominy Falls some of these fabulous places are only minutes from your front door step!
Here are our top picks for breweries and wineries located near and around Central Virginia. So get your calendars out and start planning a weekly date night or a fun day trip for this spring!
James River Cellars
This family-run winery is the perfect place to stop on your way to or from the city and take a rest (while drinking wine) on their beautifully landscaped patio or terrace.
Center of the Universe Brewery
Ray Brothers Chris and Phil stay grounded with time-honored brewing methods, but their ever-evolving spectrum of ale styles is out of this world.
Situated on the railroad tracks in Ashland, Origin Beer Lab is the sister company of Center of the Universe Brewing Company. Built for research, development, and teaching of all things beer, there’s always something new brewing at Origin!
As the largest Virginia-owned brewery in the state, Hardywood is a 60-barrel brewhouse in the West Creek area of Richmond and offers tours, outdoor recreation areas, music, and food trucks to enjoy with family, friends, and pets!
Serving up a delicious mix of Vietnamese and American cuisine and the largest collection of craft beer in Short Pump, this craft brewery is a must-visit while shopping in the area.
The owners of this small batch wine and craft beer hotspot don’t bottle or distribute their fare. The ingredients are local, the drinks are one-of-a-kind, and the atmosphere is open and welcoming.
Here are just a few of the many selections in the Scott’s Addition area in Richmond:
Located in the Scott’s Addition neighborhood, this brewery, taproom, and beer garden seeks to produce and celebrate exceptional beers. Variety is the spice of life and beers here.
Founded in Charlottesville, this popular brewery has weekly collaborations with musicians, restaurants, and businesses and brews unique craft beer to celebrate the legends of local Virginia history.
The brewmasters of this modern, industrial establishment think of themselves as mad scientists, cooking up fanciful (and delicious) creations such as oreo stouts and more.
Wild and beautiful, these vineyards are a short 30 minutes from Richmond and located on a one-of-a-kind estate along the James River with an outstanding food and wine selection.
Chesterfield County Area, VA
A short day trip from the city will transport you to gorgeous wine country where this family-owned “nano” winery focuses on growing hybrid grape varieties in Virginia’s rich soil. Opening in May!
When a bike shop and brewery collide, the result is a cool space that feels like you’re hanging out with neighbors. Located in Chester, come for live music on their green and kid and dog friendly!
This hidden gem along the Jefferson Davis Highway serves handcrafted wines embracing the best of southern heritage and hospitality.
This brewer-owned operation keeps the community first. Stop by and celebrate the end of a long day with great beer and even better friends.
These pastures have been in the owner’s family for 75 years and were originally home to dairy cows and tobacco. Today the five acres are filled with viniferous vines and the family produces a wide range of wines.
This picturesque home and grounds was established in 1740 and is today a vineyard, winery, tasting room, and wedding venue. Come to get married (or review your vows), and visit again and again for the wine!
This family-owned winery pays homage to the area’s Native American heritage and produces Tibik-Kizismin, a wine made from local Virginia berries that have been used for generations.
This massive brewing facility is open to the public and houses multiple tasting spaces. With a 100-foot bar, inside tasting rooms, and an outdoor Biergarten, there’s plenty of room to spread out and enjoy the 96 draft lines.
These unique places are yours to enjoy when you live nearby in a Cornerstone Homes community. With our low-maintenance lifestyle, you’ll have all the time in the world for day trips and weekend excursions to sample the best restaurants, breweries and wineries of the region. Just Lock and Leave and spend as much time as you want eating, drinking, and being merry without worrying about the safety and security of your home. This spring, plan for more time to do what you love, with the people you love while exploring the wonderful areas of Richmond and Fredericksburg.
To learn more about our new homes and the Chickahominy Falls community, visit our website here or call us at 804-215-0766 to set up a personal tour. We’d love to show you what happy, healthy, active adult living is all about!