You may be wondering, “what are all these breweries, wineries, etc. doing way out here in rural Nelson County?” You won’t be alone. Over the past ten years, Nelson County has become a magnet for start-up microbreweries, wineries, cideries, and distilleries. So much so, that route 151, which roughly parallels the Appalachian Trail (popularly referred to as the A.T.) is laughingly referred to as the Alcohol Trail (also referred to as the A.T., to the consternation of the die-hard backpackers). It’s a local joke, but it’s rooted in reality. Route 151 is a major part of the Brew Ridge Trail, a self guided tour of the breweries in the area.
Below is a current list of the local breweries, cideries, wineries, and distilleries in Nelson County, all an easy drive from Five Peaks.
Devils Backbone 13 minutes from Five Peaks
Blue Mountain Brewery 20 minutes from Five Peaks
Bold Rock Cider 12 minutes from Five Peaks. Well worth a visit just for the view from the expansive terraces.
Blue Toad Cidery 14 minutes from Five Peaks at the original Wintergreen Winery property – truly a gorgeous site.
Wild Wolf 10 minutes from Five Peaks
There are ten and counting wineries in Nelson County. Find a list here.
The Silverback Distillery, is now open, and has a great little tasting room. Currently offering their own Gin, Vodka, and grain alcohol (a precursor to their bourbon, according to the staff). About 15 minutes north from Five Peaks on Route 151.
The Virginia Distillery Company, makers of fine whiskeys and single malt scotches, is the first distillery to begin operations in Nelson County, if we discount the mountain moonshine makers. It’s located near the village of Lovingston, about 25 minutes from Five Peaks.