Chatham Vineyards, located in Machipongo, VA, is Virginia’s only eastern shore winery. Visit the vineyard’s historic, nearly 400 year-old farm for tastings, stunning water views, and offerings in its bottle shop.
While there’s more than enough to keep you happily entertained on Chincoteague, the Delmarva peninsula is home to a few other attractions. Should you find yourself feeling the urge to do some off-island exploring, we’ll be happy to give you some ideas.
One of the first that comes to mind is Chatham Vineyards in Machipongo, the only winery on Virginia’s eastern shore. Though the vineyard is an hour south of our Chincoteague inn, the drive is pleasant and well worth the effort.
Virginia’s Wine Story
Wine has been being produced in Virginia since the very first settlers landed here but it took until the late 1970s for an industry to develop. In fact, much of the wine world used to dismiss the Virginia viticulture as a waste of effort.
Luckily, an eclectic handful of stubborn, Virginia vintners refused to be dissuaded. As usual, the studied perseverance paid off. What started out as a mere handful of wineries in the 1970’s grew to nearly 50 by the mid-1990s. That number then proceeded to double in less than a decade.
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