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Food, Wine and Moonshine

The Virginia Piedmont offers the ultimate in good taste! From locally grown produce served in the finest restaurants to award-winning wines, you’ll see why our reputation as a culinary mecca continues to grow. From classic, family-owned diners to four-star experiences known the world over, there’s a restaurant to tempt every palate. Thomas Jefferson’s lifelong passion was to produce wine in Virginia to rival the finest vintages of Europe. His dream lives on today in the exceptional vineyards and wineries of the Piedmont. The area is also home to two very unique distilleries certain to raise your spirits! What are you hungry for? Whatever it is, you’ll find it here!

Diners and Delis

If a quick bite is all you need, satisfy your hunger and step back in time at classic restaurants like Culpeper’s Baby Jim’s Snack Bar or Frost Café or Warrenton’s Frost Diner a historic silver diner. Jimmie’s Market on Main Street in Warrenton uses the freshest meats for their delicious sandwiches, and don’t miss the local favorite The Farmer’s Wife in Remington, where you can enjoy delicious deli classics, buy fresh homemade breads, pies and other baked goods, as well as bulk organic foods and snacks. For great barbecue, ribs, hamburgers and a mountain of fries the whole family will enjoy, try the Pig-N-Steak in Madison. Also in Madison, savor delicious sandwiches at the Piedmont Deli and great local cuisine in a casual atmosphere at the Mountaineer Café.

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Baby Jim's in Culpeper Photo courtesy of Lori Sorrentino, Culpeper Department of Tourism

Casual and Ethnic Fare

For a delicious meal in a relaxed setting, the region’s casual restaurants and cafes are just what you’re looking for. Culpeper offers a culinary trip around the world. Some of the best Mexican, Thai, Japanese, Peruvian, Italian, and casual American dining are found right here. In the Town of Washington, enjoy good 'ole southern hospitality and down-home cooking at The Country Café. In Flint Hill, the Griffin Tavern welcomes you with excellent food and European beers on tap. Graves Mountain Lodge in Syria provides abundant portions of home-cooked food in a casual setting at the foot of the mountains. In Warrenton, try the Italian/Mediterranean fare at Café Torrino or enjoy live music and the cozy atmosphere of Molly’s Irish Pub. If you have a taste for the Far East, check out Faang Thai Restaurant & Bar. At Mojitos and Tapas you’ll feel like you’re eating in a colorful Cuban courtyard, and just down the road is another local Mexican favorite, El Agave. In Orange, the Great Wall serves traditional Chinese dishes and Mario’s Pizzeria and Restaurant dishes up pizza and other tasty basic food.

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Elegant and European Cuisine

Inn at Little Washington at nightSome of the finest restaurants in the world lie in these foothills. Do not miss the chance to experience dining at its finest, where a meal becomes a memory that will last a lifetime.
Known the world over, The Inn at Little Washington has become an international culinary shrine. Chef Patrick O'Connell's approach to cooking, while paying homage to the tenets of Classical French Cuisine, reflects a belief in "the cuisine of today" — healthy, eclectic, imaginative, unrestricted by ethnic boundaries and always growing. The Inn is the first establishment in the Mobil Travel Guide's history to receive five stars for its restaurant and its accommodations, the first inn ever to receive AAA's highest accolade, the five Diamond Award, for both food and accommodations and the recipient of five James Beard Awards.

Other exceptional restaurants are scattered throughout The Virginia Piedmont, surrounded by the fertile fields that provide many of their freshest ingredients. In Culpeper, Foti’s, It’s About Thyme, Lucio, Hazel River, and the Inn at Kelly’s Ford offer the finest cuisine and warm hospitality. Diners at the Flint Hill Public House will enjoy entrées featuring seasonal and regional foods, simply cooked and brilliantly accented. Sperryville’s Thornton River Grille serves up light lunches on the way to the trails and elegant dinners in a casual, comfortable atmosphere. In Madison, the Bavarian Chef’s outstanding German cooking attracts patrons from all over the region, or enjoy a sumptuous 5-course meal at the historic Inn at Meander Plantation. In Orange, after you’ve sipped your fill at the Barboursville Winery, be sure to sit down to a delicious meal at their restaurant Palladios or try Pomme in Gordonsville for a gourmet dining experience. The Rail Stop restaurant, tucked away in an old train depot in the quaint town of The Plains in Fauquier County, is a long-standing favorite. Girasole, also located in The Plains, offers delicious rustic Italian fare. In Old Town Warrenton, enjoy a gourmet meal paired with your preferred wine from the extensive wine bar at Iron Bridge Wine Company. For Contemporary American cuisine, Claire's at the Depot sets the tone for an intimate dinner in a renovated, historic train depot.

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Coffee, Tea and Sweet Treats

There’s always room for something sweet or a smooth cup o’joe. Wherever you find yourself in the region, you won’t have to look far to find delicious treats! In Sperryville, Central Coffee Roasters you can enjoy a freshly brewed cup made from Arabica beans from small farms and co-operatives throughout the world's coffee belt. Raven’s Nest in Culpeper is a great place for freshly baked pastry and beverage as you take a break from shopping. Have a tea party and shop for antiques at Crest Hill Antiques & Tea Room in The Plains or at Miss Minerva's Tea Room and Gifts in Culpeper, where you can even dress up in their feather boas and hats! In Madison, Yoder’s Country Food Market bakes breads, pastries and other treats, and The Red Truck Bakery can satisfy your sweet tooth with homemade sweets and coffee on Main Street in Warrenton.

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Food, Wine and Moonshine

Diners and Delis

Casual and Ethnic Fare

Elegant and European Cuisine

Coffee, Tea and Sweet Treats

Wineries and Distilleries

Wineries

More than two dozen wineries a in the region offer the perfect way to drink in the beauty of the Piedmont! The award-winning wines and warm hospitality of our vineyards and wineries welcome you to sit back and sip. With special events and beautiful views, our wineries will lure you back again and again. Come and share our good taste!

Truly unique experiences await you at our local distilleries. For a rare look at the art of “moonshine,” visit Belmont Farms Distillery in Culpeper. Belmont Farms of Virginia Distillery, family owned and operated, is proud to preserve a national tradition with their product, "Virginia Lightning". From the cornstalk to the final bottling, the Miller family has dedicated themselves to the continuation of pot still whiskey production. Rappahannock’s Copper Fox Distillery is the home of Wasmund's Single Malt Whiskey and is the only distillery in North America malting its own barley. Come and see how the combination of tradition and creativity combine to make a great whiskey.

Culpeper Wineries & Distilleries

  • Belmont Farms Distillery
  • Old House Vineyards
  • Unicorn Winery

Fauquier Wineries

  • Aspen Dale Winery at the Barn
  • Barrel Oak Winery
  • Boxwood Winery
  • Capitol Vineyards
  • Chateau O'Brien Winery
  • Cobbler Mountain Cellars
  • Delaplane Cellars
  • Desert Rose Ranch & Winery
  • Fox Meadow Winery
  • Granite Heights Winery
  • Hume Vineyards
  • Linden Vineyards
  • Marterella Winery
  • Mediterranean Cellars
  • Miracle Valley Vineyard
  • Molon Lave Vineyards
  • Morais Vineyards
  • Naked Mountain Vineyard
  • Pearmund Cellars
  • Philip Carter Winery
  • Piedmont Vineyards
  • Rogers Ford Winery
  • Three Fox Vineyards
  • Vintage Ridge Vineyard
  • Vint Hill Craft Winery

Madison Wineries

  • DuCard Vineyards
  • Early Mountain Vineyards
  • Prince Michel Vineyards & Winery

Orange Wineries

  • Barboursville Winery
  • Horton Vineyards
  • Reynard Florence Vineyard

Rappahannock Wineries & Distilleries

  • Berry Hill Vineyard
  • Chester Gap Cellars
  • Copper Fox Distillery
  • Gadino Cellars
  • Gray Ghost Vineyards
  • Little Washington Winery
  • Narmada Winery
  • Rappahannock Cellars
  • Sharp Rock Vineyards

 

 The Virginia Piedmont …something special in the foothills