Driving on the Nelson 151: Virginia’s Craft Beer, Wine, and Cider Destination

This route offers visitors diverse libations and colorful scenery
Blue Mountain Brewery
Photo by Sarah Hauser/Virginia Tourism Corporation

Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery, a former pick-your-own-blackberries farm, lies on the Nelson 151— a route in Virginia that serves as a craft beer, wine, and cider destination.

As home to three breweries and seven wineries, it’s no wonder that Nelson 151 — a route in Virginia's Rockfish Valley that serves as the area’s main street — is nicknamed "Virginia’s Weekend Address." In addition to the road’s unique place in Virginia’s craft beverage market, it’s located at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains and provides travelers with stunning views and a gorgeous setting that they can take in while sipping on the area’s craft beer, wine, or cider.

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Nelson 151 is about a 40-minute drive from Charlottesville, Va., but worth the trip. These five picks provide guests with colorful drinks, incredible sights, and some palate-pleasing menu options. Visitors can down craft beer alongside made-on-site sushi or flatbread at Wild Wolf Brewing Company or admire taxidermy on the walls and listen to live music at Devils Backbone Brewing Company while noshing on pretzels and drinking award-winning beer.

For those who prefer sweeter tastes, Bold Rock Hard Cider pours a Virginia draft and Virginia apple hard cider along with two variations of a premium cider. And Hill Top Berry Farm and Winery offers wine fans its own take on raspberry, apple, peach, plum, blackberry, and strawberry wines and is situated on a hill that overlooks a small, pretty plot. Travelers who love food, a rustic setting, craft beer, cider, and wine will find many havens along the Nelson 151.

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Teresa Tobat is the Washington, D.C. Travel city editor for The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @ttobat88. View her website at teresaktobat.com.