January 21, 2019

CrossKeys Vineyards: Rural Virginia or Tuscany?

Just outside the town of Harrisonburg, Virginia is an exquisitely-situated winery known as CrossKeys Vineyards. Aside from the quintessentially- American farmhouses dotting the surrounding countryside, the establishment’s design  and rolling vineyards would have you feeling as though you had turned a corner and been transported to Tuscany.

Offering introductory lectures on the vine-growing process along with tastings, outdoor fireside sipping and entertainment, on-site event catering and a bookable wedding venue, CrossKeys Vineyards represent a gem of a community resource for locals and tourists alike. Residents can come to get a mid-week break or to entertain out-of-town guests, while tourists can enjoy Virginia wine in a lavish environment suitable for anyone preferring a luxury lifestyle. At $6 per glass of wine and a full tasting fee of only eight bucks, the winery also brings a luxury experience to locals on a budget.

My top tasting picks? The 2009 Joy Red, the Petit Verdot of the same year and the 2008 Meritage.

Tourist pairings: For those looking to steep themselves in genteel Southern charm, I recommend making CrossKeys Vineyards the culminating activity after a day spent visiting the Virginia Quilt Museum, taking the city’s historical walking tour, having lunch at Union Station and touring the White Oak Lavender Farm. Save the more adventurous things to do in Harrisonburg, Virginia for when you’re feeling more rested. Speaking of adventure, once you’re finished with the more leisurely vacation activities in Harrisonburg, you may want to visit nearby Shenandoah National Park for hiking opportunities, cooler summer weather and striking scenic vistas. Luray Caverns, another popular tourist attraction, is also nearby.

Photo Credits: Trek Hound – Additional pictures of CrossKeys Vineyards are available through a creative commons agreement on our sister site in exchange for a link back to the photo gallery itself.


  1. Ah, your visit has uncovered several of our little secrets in Harrisonburg and the Shenandoah Valley. Virginia has a great wine trail for day trips or weekend getaways, but we know that having a couple nice wineries within 20 minutes of your house is an added bonus. I was in the Tuscan region two years ago, and I can attest that your visual comparison of Tuscany’s rolling hills and vineyards and Cross Keys Vineyard and Winery is right on target. It is a great place for a stop on the wine tasting tour, a wedding or a corporate retreat.

  2. webmaster says:

    Hi Frank,

    Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. Tuscany is really beautiful, I agree. But the Shenandoah Valley holds its own when it comes to beautiful scenery. Lovely, lovely little community you have there.