View of the Shenandoah Valley From Patio

Barren Ridge Vineyards Welcomes You

From 1897 until today....

Experience our evolution

from Apple Orchard to Modern Winery

 Fishersville, Virginia in the Shenandoah Valley

"Wine makes daily life easier, less hurried, with fewer tensions, and more tolerance"

-Benjamin Franklin

Barren Ridge

is 

Closed Today Saturday Feb 13th

Due to Inclement Weather

 

Our Story

From the seed of an old apple orchard and the childhood home of our owner, this vineyard was born from a revival of this land and a dream

2009 Awards Won

2007 Meritage Gold+Best in show VA State Fair

2008 Christof 1st place Daylily + Wine Festival

2007 Petit Verdot Bronze VA Governors Cup

2007 Touriga Bronze VA Governors Cup

2008 Rose Bronze+Hon. Mention Daylily + Wine Festival

2008 Tinkling Spring Silver VA State Fair

2008 Christof Gold VA State Fair

2008 Red Barren Silver VA State Fair

2008 Viognier Silver VA State Fair 

2009 Christof Silver VA Governors Cup

2004-2008

Many years of overgrowth had taken over the appleshed by this time. The conversion of the deserted property and shed took place during this time. The shed was expanded while retaining the original structure and wooden beams creating a state of the art facility you see today. All the wood in the tasting room is reclaimed

2007

Petit Verdot and Merlot were the first to be planted here on the property.

April 21, 2008

Barren Ridge opens their doors after a rejuvenation and remodeling of our 1890’s apple packing shed.

2008 Awards Won

2007 Touriga Bronze Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition

2007 Traminette Bronze Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition

2007 Viognier Bronze Atlantic Seabord Wine Competition

2007 Vidal Blanc Bronze Atlantic Seabaord Wine Competition

Raascal the Winery Dog

It was here in 2009 our winery dog and best employee Rascal showed up one day without an owner, orphaned and looking for a home. He adopted the hearts of his new owners John and Shelby. And the rest is History. If he is here when you visit he will lead you from your car to the winery entrance. 

2010 Awards Won

2007 Meritage Bronze Finger Lakes International

2008 Vidal Blanc Bronze Finger Lakes International

2008 Traminette Silver Finger Lakes International

2008 Merlot Silver Finger Lakes International

2008 Viognier Silver Finger Lakes International

2008 Cabernet Franc Silver Finger Lakes International

2008 Chardonnay Silver VA Governors Cup

2009 Traminette Silver VA Governors Cup

2009 Tinkling Spring Bronze VA Governors Cup

2009 Christof Silver VA Governors Cup

2008 Viognier Gold VA State Fair

2008 Cabernet Franc Silver VA State Fair

2008 Meritage Gold VA State Fair

2008 Red Barren Silver VA State Fair

2011 Awards Won

2009 Tinkling Spring Gold Town Point Wine Competition

2009 Red Barren Gold Town Point Wine Competition

2009 Tinkling Spring Bronze Finger Lakes International

2009 Harmony Bronze Finger Lakes International

2009 Christof Silver Finger Lakes International

2008 Merlot Silver VA Governors Cup

2008 Cabernet Franc Bronze VA Governors Cup

2008 Meritage Silver VA Governors Cup

2009 Cabernet Franc Bronze VA Governors Cup

2009 Harmony Gold VA Governors Cup

2009 Christof Bronze VA Governors Cup

2009 Tinkling Spring Bronze VA Governors Cup

2010 Vidal Blanc Silver VA Governors Cup

2010 Viognier Bronze VA Governors Cup

2008 Meritage Gold + Best in show VA State Fair

2009 Christof Silver VA State Fair

2009 Tinkling Spring Silver VA State Fair

2012 Awards Won

2010 Tinkling Spring Silver International Women's Competition

2010 Vidal Blanc Silver International Women's Competition

2010 Petit Verdot Silver International Women's Competition

2010 Cabernet Franc Silver International Women's Competition

2008 Meritage Bronze San Francisco Chronical

2009 Tinkling Spring Silver San Francisco Chronical

2011 Viognier Silver San Francisco Chronical

2010 Vidal Blanc Silver VA Governors Cup

2009 Christof Silver VA Governors Cup

2009 Tinkling Spring Bronze VA Governors Cup

2009 Meritage Bronze VA Governors Cup

2009 Cabernet Franc Silver VA Governors Cup

2009 Petit Verdot Silver VA Governors Cup

2008 Meritage Silver VA Governors Cup

2009 Chardonnay Bronze VA Governors Cup

2010 Harmony Bronze VA Governors Cup

2013 Awards Won

2010 Chardonnay Bronze San Francisco Chronical

2009 Meritage Silver San Francisco Chronical

2011 Viognier Silver San Francisco Chronical

2010 Cabernet Franc Silver San Francisco Chronical

2011 Vidal Blanc Silver San Francisco Chronical

2009 Meritage Bronze VA Governors Cup

2010 Meritage Silver VA Governors Cup

2011 Vidal Blanc Bronze VA Governors Cup

2010 Viognier Bronze VA Governors Cup

2014 Awards Won

2009 Meritage Gold VA Governors Cup

2010 Meritage Silver VA Governors Cup

2012 Viognier Silver VA Governors Cup

2014 Red Barren Silver VA Governors Cup

2010 Merlot Silver VA Governors Cup

2012 Harmony Silver VA Governors Cup

2011 Christof Silver VA Governors Cup

2012 Tinkling Spring Bronze VA Governors Cup

2012 Vidal Blanc Bronze VA Governors Cup

2012 Viognier Silver VA State Fair

2011Christof Gold+ 1st place overall desert wine VA State Fair

2015 Awards Won

2014 Red Barren Bronze VA Governors Cup

2013 Harmony Silver VA Governors Cup

2010 meritage Silver VA Governors Cup

2013 Petit Verdot Silver VA Governors Cup

2013 Viognier Silver VA Governors Cup

2012 Petit Verdot Bronze VA Governors Cup

2016 Awards Won

2010 Meritage Gold VA Governors Cup

2014 Viognier Bronze VA Governors Cup

2014 Harmony Bronze VA Governors Cup

2014 Chardonnay Bronze VA Governors Cup

2017 Awards Won

2014 Meritage Silver VA Governors Cup

2014 Petit Verdot Silver VA Governors Cup

2015 Vidal Blanc Silver VA Governors Cup

2015 Tinkling Spring Silver VA Governors Cup

2015 Viognier Bronze VA Governors Cup

2015 Chardonnay Silver VA Governors Cup

2015 Cabernet Franc Bronze VA Governors Cup

2015 Touriga Silver VA Governors Cup

2018 Awards Won

2015 Petit Verdot Silver VA Governors Cup

2016 Touriga Silver VA Governors Cup

2016 Harmony Silver VA Governors Cup

2016 Merlot Silver VA Governors Cup

2014 Meritage Silver VA Governors Cup

2015 Meritage Silver VA Governors Cup

2016 Vidal Blanc Silver VA Governors Cup

2016 Viognier Silver VA Governors Cup

2016 Chardonnay Silver VA Governors Cup

1890

W.A Higgs Our owner John Higgs' Grandfather forms partnership with mill owner J.A.Bell after his first plant burnt. After rebuilding they established a second plant in Charles Town, WV. Mr Higgs would run the Charlestown plant until 1910. In 1897 Bell and Higgs purchased the land we currently reside on.

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Emma K. Higgs and Husband Wilson Asbury Higgs

1 year before their Marriage

Picture Taken Circa 1892

Higgs and Young Cooperage Coins

1910

Higgs and Young is formed. They Buy out J.A. Bell and sons operation and expand it. Higgs and Young operated an Apple Orchard orchard and barrel making site here for a number of years. They were the leaders in making barrels for apple and flours and also handled large quantities of crates and baskets for fruit containers.(History of Virginia pg.549)

Coopers for the Higgs and Young cooperages were issued tokens for completed barrels. Incorporated in 1919, the Staunton-based business was touted as the largest manufacturer of fruit barrels in the state by 1929. Their affiliated workshops were located at Afton, Avon, Crozet, Fishersville, Jarman’s Gap, Massie’s Mill, Staunton and Waynesboro. Courtesy Phil James Historical Image

1930

John’s father leaves Shenandoah Junction, WV and moves his family to Staunton. They take over the orchard here in Fisherville and tend to it during the apple boom. During this time Virginia was considered the largest producer of apples in the country.

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Old Apple Shed

1960

Barren Ridge had become dilapidated and abandoned after interstate and refrigerated truck travel decimated the apple industry in Virginia. Now people could get apples from all over the country.

1961

Audrey Blackford Higgs, Johns mother, spent all her years of life working for social reform. She was a supporter of common cause and equal rights of women. She was a Graduate of the Pioneer class of Mary Baldwin College and an avid Author. She spent 60 years fighting for reform of our states mental health system and was a friend and defender of battered woman.It was during this time she met and interviewed Queen Elizabeth Miller, whose life changed after witnessing an 8 year old girl become orphaned after a horrific construction accident. In our tasting room we have Audrey's book she wrote after this interview. It tells the story of how this African-American woman from southwest Virginia went on to "Build a Kingdom For Homeless Children".

Audrey Blackford
The Royal Queen Elizabeth Miller written by Audrey Blackord
John Higgs
Shelby Higgs

2004

John and Shelby return home from Europe. John worked for Phillip Morris all around the world. It was John and Shelby's time living in Europe when this dream was realized. After being exposed to the European winemaking, John dreamed of turning his family’s dilapidated and abandoned apple orchard into a beautiful winery.

2017

John was elected president of the Shenandoah Valley Wine Growers Association. His goals as president of the SVWGA include “to gain further recognition for the Shenandoah Valley’s wines, to continue to improve the quality of our wines, to develop the Valley’s wine culture, and to cultivate the Valley’s reputation as a quality wine region both here in Virginia and along the East Coast.” He initiated the Shenandoah Wine Cup Competition

Shenandoah Wine Trail

2018

Barren Ridge produces its first apple wine. Hearkening back to its time as an apple orchard and Johns time spent working in Alma-Ata, Kazakhstan which is believed to be the birthplace of the apple.

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ALMA -Ata Apple Wine
2019 Shenandoah Cup Winner

2019

Barren Ridge won the first annual Shenandoah Cup.

Winning Gold for our 2015 Meritage.

2016 Port Silver VA Governors Cup

2017 Touriga Silver VA Governors Cup

2016 Cabernet Franc Bronze VA Governors Cup

2017 Harmony Bronze VA Governors Cup

2016 Petit Verdot Bronze VA Governors Cup

2017 Viognier bronze VA Governors Cup

2020

2015 Meritage Silver VA Governors Cup

2017 Touriga Silver VA Governors Cup

2017 Cabernet Franc Silver VA Governors Cup

2018 Traminette Bronze VA Governors Cup

2019 Christof Silver Shenandoah Cup

2019 Riesling Silver Shenandoah Cup

2019 Rose Silver Shenandoah Cup

2016 Merlot Silver Shenandoah Cup

2019

Johns son Robert and wife Angela arrive from France to continue the legacy and lead Barren Ridge into a new era.

Robert and Angela

2021

2015 Meritage Gold VA Governors Cup

2019 Tinkling Spring Silver VA Governors Cup

2017 Petit Verdot Silver VA Governors Cup

2019 Christof Silver VA Governors Cup

The Future

 

Our Views

    There is no shortage of breathtaking views here at Barren Ridge. From the patio you can see west towards West Virginia and the Alleghany mountains. In the foreground stand "The Sisters" Betsy Bell and Mary Grey. Behind them stands Little North Mountain, North Mountain, and Elliots knob the 7th highest peak in Virginia. To the north lies the 10th highest peak in Virginia Reddish Knob. We are within a half hour drive of three national forests: The Shenandoah National Park and its famous Skyline Drive to the east, the George Washington National Forest to east and west, and the Jefferson National Forest to our south. If your a nature lover you are in one of the best spots in the world to explore.

'Tis distance lends enchantment to the view,

And robes the mountain in its azure hue.

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Mary Grey

Staunton

Betsy Bell

Little North Mountain

 North Mountain

Rt. 250 Towards WV

Reddish Knob

Rt. 33 Towards

WV

Elliot's Knob

Brother Knob

 

Our Winery

Walk just a few steps into the Tasting room and you can feel the Barren Ridge difference.  It’s relaxed. 

There is no hustle or hard pressure sales.  It’s a place you want to spend time with friends and family.

Relax, eat together, enjoy our artisanal cheeses, Boars Head charcuterie, fresh baguettes, and enjoy the wine.

Barren Ridge Vineyards is a place of tranquility.

When you walk through the doors you leave the hustle of life behind and find a place where everyone could be a friend.

It’s a place where even people who are unfamiliar with the place feel at ease and a sense of warmth.

Enjoy the people around you and enjoy the wine here that reflects this wonderful environment.

"Wine and Friends are a great blend"

Ernest Hemmingway

Tasting Room

The Tasting Room

About our Wine: Grapes are a reflection of the earth. They change dramatically depending on their environment: what side of the hill they grow on and even the character of the people growing it. Our wine...

Audrey Blackford Room

Audrey Blackford Room

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Buy Our Wine

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Weddings

Weddings

There is no shortage of beauty at Barren Ridge. With expansive views of the Shenandoah Valley and Allegheny Mountains. this makes it the perfect setting for your perfect special day....

On The Vine: Upcoming Events

  • Live @ 5 Every Sunday at 5 on Facebook and Youtube
    Live @ 5 Every Sunday at 5 on Facebook and Youtube
    Mon, Feb 15
    Facebook and Youtube
    Feb 15, 2021, 5:00 PM – Feb 15, 2022, 9:00 PM
    Facebook and Youtube
    Our Live @ 5 series Features Robert Higgs and Other Guests in a Number of different video series.
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  • Sunset Saturdays with Boxcar Speakeasy 4-7
    Sunset Saturdays with Boxcar Speakeasy 4-7
    Sat, May 15
    Barren Ridge Vineyards
    May 15, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Barren Ridge Vineyards, 984 Barren Ridge Rd, Fishersville, VA 22939, USA
    Join us for an evening of special music: Dixieland Jazz with Boxcar Speakeasy! | On the Patio or Inside Please reserve: 540-248-3300 #vawinetogether #VisitShenandoah #VisitSkylineDrive #LoveStaunton #VAWine #ShenandoahValley #LoveWithaView #buylocal #drinkloc
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  • Sunset Saturdays with Larry Ragland and Danny Dolinger
    Sunset Saturdays with Larry Ragland and Danny Dolinger
    Sat, May 22
    Barren Ridge Vineyards
    May 22, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Barren Ridge Vineyards, 984 Barren Ridge Rd, Fishersville, VA 22939, USA
    Join us for an evening of special music: Larry Ragland and Danny Dolinger! 4-7PM | On the Patio or Inside Please reserve: 540-248-3300 #vawinetogether #VisitShenandoah #VisitSkylineDrive #LoveStaunton #VAWine #ShenandoahValley #LoveWithaView #buylocal #drinkloc
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  • Sunset Saturdays with Cousin Jimmys Stringband 4-7PM
    Sunset Saturdays with Cousin Jimmys Stringband 4-7PM
    Sat, May 29
    Barren Ridge Vineyards
    May 29, 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
    Barren Ridge Vineyards, 984 Barren Ridge Rd, Fishersville, VA 22939, USA
    Join us on the patio for our weekly music series with Cousin Jimmy's Stringband. Sunset Saturday's at Barren Ridge Vineyards. 4-7PM #vawinetogether #VisitShenandoah #VisitSkylineDrive #LoveStaunton #VAWine #ShenandoahValley #LoveWithaView #buylocal #drinklocal #winetasting #localmusic
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  • 1st THURSDAYS of the Month Open Mic at Barren Ridge | Local Talent & Convivial Atmosphere   (1)
    1st THURSDAYS of the Month Open Mic at Barren Ridge | Local Talent & Convivial Atmosphere (1)
    1st Thursday of Every Month 7-9PM
    Barren Ridge Vineyards
    1st Thursday of Every Month 7-9PM
    Barren Ridge Vineyards, 984 Barren Ridge Rd, Fishersville, VA 22939, USA
    Open Mic at Barren Ridge - 1st Thursdays of the Month 7-9:00 PM. Our open mic nights are interesting and diverse. Come out and support our local talent. – There is a lot of good music here! –BRV–
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  • See You At The Market! Every Saturday from 7-12 at The Staunton Farmers Market
    See You At The Market! Every Saturday from 7-12 at The Staunton Farmers Market
    Saturdays From 7-12
    Facebook and Youtube
    Saturdays From 7-12
    Facebook and Youtube
    We will be selling our delicious wine at the Staunton Farmers Market. Be sure to look for us there and stop and try Some of our wine. See You At The Market!
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Barren Ridge Experiences

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Vineyard Walks

1-5 People

$25 per person

6 or more

$15 per person

1-1.5 hr walk

with Robert Higgs

Detailed Explanations of

Growth cycles

Vineyard Management

Diseases

We will also take you into the winery and explain how to make red and white wines and their differences

2 Person Minimum 

By Reservation Only

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Wine and Cheese Tastings

$40 per person

3 Cheeses and 3 Wines

with Angela Higgs

Detailed Explanations on how to taste both wine and cheeses. And how you can find a "Match Made in Heaven"

2 Person Minimum 

By Reservation Only

Wine

Private Tastings

$25 per person

A sampling of 4 different wines

with Robert Higgs

Detailed Explanations on how to taste wine professionally. We will also explain the Differences of aromas and characteristics of the

varietals included in your tasting.

2 Person Minimum 

By Reservation Only

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Contact

Address & Phone:

984 Barren Ridge Rd, Fishersville, VA 22939
(540) 248-3300

Special Vineyard Hours:

The patio at Barren Ridge will be open Wednesday through Sunday at the hours below by reservation.

Please call 540-248-3300 to reserve.

Bottle sales only at present.  

We will be wearing masks and we ask you to kindly do the same for everyone's health.

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Mon: closed

Tue: closed

Wed -Thurs:  12 Noon - 6PM

Reservation Blocks:  12-2 | 2-4 | 4-6

Fri - Sat: 12 Noon - 8PM

Reservation Blocks: 12-3 | 3-6 | 6-8 

Sun: 1PM - 6PM (Virtual tasting at 5PM)

Reservation Blocks:  1-3:30 | 3:30-6

You can also buy our wines online. See our “Our Wines” page.

 

Click here for info on our phased re-opening plans

Directions:

We are located approximately 10 minutes from the intersection of I-81 and I-64.

From Charlottesville

I-64 West. Take exit 91. Turn right onto VA-285 N/Tinkling Spring Rd. Turn left onto Mule Academy Road. When it turns into Barren Ridge Road, the entrance will be on your left in about 2.5 miles.

From Staunton

​Rt-250 East. Turn left on Barren Ridge Road about 2.5 miles. The entrance will be on your left.

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