Agriculture is an honored tradition in Today’s Shenandoah Valley.

Winchester barIn some cases, family farms have been working the land for several generations. More recently, wineries, breweries and cideries have chosen to grow and make their delicious products in the Shenandoah Valley. That is great news to the creative chefs of the region who are turning fresh, high quality ingredients into culinary masterpieces.

The Shenandoah Valley was once known as the Breadbasket of the Confederacy. It’s still the agricultural hub of Virginia, which makes it the best place to visit for authentic farm-to-table culinary experiences.

Fields of GoldFamily farms, wineries and breweries can be found in every county across the Shenandoah Valley. A great way to explore the valley and sample some great products is along one of the numerous self-guided trails. The Fields of Gold Farm Trail is the most expansive one with stops at farmers markets, restaurants, retail shops and more.

For a refreshing taste of the Shenandoah Valley, try two awesome beer, wine and spirits trails. The Shenandoah Beerwerks Trail connects craft breweries in the central and southern parts of the valley, including Rockbridge, Augusta and Rockingham Counties, as well as the cities of Lexington, Staunton, Waynesboro and Harrisonburg.

Shenandoah Spirits TrailThe Shenandoah Spirits Trail includes breweries, wineries, cideries and distilleries in Rockingham, Shenandoah and Frederick counties, as well as the cities of Winchester and Harrisonburg.