This weekend marked the beginning of spring, and while covid-19 remains a very real problem, the thought of enjoying wineries without freezing outdoors is nice. This weekend, we went in a different direction when thinking of Virginia wineries and visited Lazy Days Winery and Mountain Cove Vineyards. Lazy Days is located in Amherst, Virginia, and Mountain Cove is located in Lovingston, VA.
First, let’s talk about Lazy Days. This was our original destination because they have sangria and wine mimosas on alternating weekends. This weekend, there was sangria. The sangria was awesome and really, the rest of the wines we tried were too. We got flights for $12. The pours were large and the wines I tried were all great. If you’re looking for a grand, fancy experience, Lazy Days may not be fore you. But if you’re looking for a relaxed, kitschy environment with a great hostess and fun wine, Lazy Days is for you. There is limited indoor seating and an abundance of outdoor seating and open space. It’s also a plus that outside food is permitted.
Next, we decided to visit Mountain Cove Vineyards. It was on the way home, so we decided to give it a try. Mountain Cove’s claim to fame is that is is “Virginia’s oldest winery,” though a quick Google search reveals that Wilowcroft Farm Vineyards in Leesburg also garners that title.
Mountain Cove is a small operation completely off the beaten path. It’s remote (i.e. in the middle of nowhere) even for a Virginia winery. However, with $5 tastings, you can’t go too bad. The owner, Al Weed, greeted us upon arrival and seated us outside right away. He was nice and helpful the entire time and it’s obvious he loves Mountain Cove and embraces all who come visit it. There was only one other group of visitors there when we were. As with Lazy Days, Mountain Cove allows outside food. It also has space for RVs and campers, which I am sure many take advantage of during the summer. I have to admit, the wine wasn’t bad. The chardonnay was actually REALLY good. Not sure this would make my list for a girls day or date, but if you’re seeking solitude and the great outdoors, this could be your spot.