Ready for a weekend filled with endless exploration and rich culture, all while stopping by to try award-winning spirits at some of Virginia’s best craft distilleries? If you’re not sure where to start, we’ve done the research for you – here’s your guide to a “spirited” adventure in Central Virginia.

Scroll for a complete list of distilleries to visit (itinerary included) and recommendations on lodging, food and activities to enhance your stay. Your next adventure with #VaSpirits will be one to remember. 

Everything we mention below is conveniently mapped out here.


Central Virginia is known as the Piedmont region of the commonwealth, home to more than 23 local distilleries, making it a spirits lover’s dream for adventure and perfect sips. While we’ve already highlighted the Greater Richmond Area within the region, now it’s time to head northwest for the remaining 9 distilleries.

Each stop adds something unique to your weekend away (or staycation). In truth, you probably won’t get to all the wonderful places this region has to offer, which means you’ll definitely want to come back for more. Use this itinerary to start your journey. It can be manipulated based on your ideal starting point and final destination. 

Bold Rock Distillery

Bold Rock Distillery is a craft beverage lover’s dream. Known for its hard cider and wine, Bold Rock unveiled its tasting room in 2017, where spirits and cider enthusiasts unite to enjoy canned cocktails, small bites and live entertainment. Visit Bold Rock’s Nellysford location for concerts, game nights, outdoor movies and more all while enjoying the beautiful views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

  • 1020 Rockfish Valley Hwy., Ste. A, Nellysford, VA 22958
  • (434) 361-1030
  • Website 

Devil’s Backbone Brewing Company

“Quite simply, we exist for one thing: To bring the people together in the great outdoors.” Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Devil’s Backbone produces award-winning elixirs for visitors to sit back and enjoy. Check its website for events at the Basecamp, like concerts and pairing dinners.

  • 35 Crandall Run, Roseland, VA 22967
  • (434) 361-1001
  • Website

Ragged Branch Distillery

Using its own grain for mash, Ragged Branch Distillery is for the sweet and spicy bourbon lovers. Visit the tasting room for hand-crafted cocktails, quality beef (yep, that’s right) and pick up a bottle of your new favorite Bottled-In-Bond bourbon, all while enjoying the countryside views of Charlottesville. 

  • 1015 Taylors Gap Rd., Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • (434) 244-2600
  • Website

Silverback Distillery

For a “chest-thumping good time,” visit this mother-daughter distillery in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Silverback Distillery offers cocktail flights, barrel-smoked cocktails and whiskeys served neat for locals and visitors alike. Up north and wishing for a fix of Virginia spirits? Visit the Pennsylvania location in the Pocono region for the same quality craft(woman)ship.

  • 9374 Rockfish Valley Hwy., Afton, VA 22920
  • (540) 456-7070
  • Website

Spirit Lab Distilling

Behind the red door, you’ll find Spirit Lab Distilling – Charlottesville’s oldest licensed distillery, where owners Ivar and Sarah hand-craft their spirits with integrity and tradition. While distillery products are prone to selling out fast, you can stop by for tastings and bottle purchases.

  • 1503 6th St. SE, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • (434) 218-2605
  • Website

Three Notch’d Distilling Company

Three Notch’d Distilling Co. was born from the spirited success of Three Notch’d Brewing Co. Rooted in quality and craftsmanship, its premium bourbon and whiskey reflect the dedication to excellence head distiller Pete Zitler pours into each bottle. Three Notch’d has five distilling locations for spirits lovers across the Commonwealth. Visit its website to find one closest to you for live music and community events.

  • 520 2nd St. SE, Charlottesville, VA 22902
  • (757) 916-8080
  • Website

Virginia Distillery Company

Virginia Distillery Company (VDC) epitomizes American single malt excellence. Founded by Dr. George G. Moore, his legacy lives on through the Courage & Conviction brand of whisky. With a commitment to quality and tradition, VDC crafts each barrel to perfection, honoring George’s vision while pioneering new whisky traditions. Visit for tastings, tours and events.

  • 299 Eades Ln., Lovingston, VA 22949
  • (434) 285-2900
  • Website

Virginia Foothills Distillery Co.

Opening its new tasting room in Orange County in 2024, Virginia Foothills Distillery Co. is welcoming visitors to sip bourbon and enjoy the views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Cheers to a quality pour in the heart of Virginia’s magnificent landscape!

  • 5361 Spotswood Trail, Barboursville, VA 22923
  • Website

Vitae Spirits Distillery

Located in Charlottesville, Vitae Spirits is a small-batch distillery carefully crafted from molasses to glasses. Its focus on quality and innovation, coupled with community influence in ingredients and practice, results in unique creations like Golden Rum, Coffee Liqueur and Damson Gin. Visit the newly opened Henry Ave. location in downtown Charlottesville for tastings, cocktails, classes and a behind-the-scenes tour of its operation.

  • 715 Henry Ave., Charlottesville, VA 22903
  • (434) 270-0317
  • Website


Charlottesville and the surrounding areas are well-known for top-notch restaurants with charm. From quick and simple staples to four star white tablecloth experiences,, you’ll stumble upon countless dining options during your time in Central Virginia. Here are some to get you started: 

  • For great food and good times, stop by The Virginian– Charlottesville’s oldest restaurant, famous for its mac ‘n cheese and sandwich selection. 
  • There are FOUR distilleries in and around Charlottesville. For nearby restaurants, we recommend Belle, Citizen Burger Bar and Revolutionary Soup. Make sure to leave time to stroll the local shops to enjoy all downtown Charlottesville has to offer. 
  • For a special night out, book a reservation at Duner’s for dinner after spending the afternoon at Ragged Branch Distillery. 
  • Indulge in some of the best pizza in Central Virginia at Dr. Ho’s Humble Pie, just outside of Charlottesville.
  • End the day with a bit of luxury at Basic Necessities, located in Nellysford – book a reservation in advance to get your local dining fix. 
  • After working up an appetite at Virginia Distillery Company, head to Indian Oven for authentic dishes made with local ingredients. 
  • Craving a perfectly seasoned, slow-roasted BBQ? Barbeque Exchange has you covered! Savor a pulled pork sandwich on the pavilion with friends to end a perfect day of sipping #VaSpirits. 
  • If you’re not sure what you’re in the mood for, Main Street Tavern is the way to go. From burgers to flatbreads, there’s something for everyone. 

Two dinner plates at Duner's

Photo: Duner’s

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From quaint and relaxing inns to luxury resorts, you’ll find the perfect place to extend your adventure. We’ve found a variety of special options for a memorable stay in Central Virginia. 

For an extended, memorable getaway, Wintergreen Resort, Southern Comfort Lakeside Cabin Resort or Boar’s Head Resort offers something for everyone in the family. 

Check out one of these unique stays for a cozy night after a day of exploring: 

A bit of boutique and luxury: 


While spirits are obviously the main attraction of your Central Virginia adventure, the Downtown Mall in Charlottesville has over 120 shops and 30 restaurants to visit and explore.

View of downtown Charlottesville walking mall

Photo: Visit Charlottesville

Other worthy pit stops: 

  • To spark curiosity on your weekend away, visit the Leander McCormick Observatory, one of the oldest observatory public programs in the country.
  • James River Batteau Company – For a relaxing cruise down the James River, book a sunset tour to enjoy good music and great food while spending time with friends and family.
  • Need a little vintage shopping therapy? The Gordonsville Antique & Flea Market is a perfect place to go on your way to Virginia Foothills Distillery & Co. 

While you’re traveling through the heart of Old Dominion, don’t miss out on the scenic views the state has to offer. For an exclusive guide on state parks and trails, visit here

Full-day activities: 

While you’re sampling spirits, you might as well explore more of the craft beverage scene. It’s a blossoming industry here, so go out and get a taste of local wineries and craft breweries. For all things local craft beverages, visit the Nelson 151, Virginia’s #LongWeekendAddress, to explore beautiful views, all while trying the best local sips. 

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