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Schedule a tasting in Lynchburg

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With 17 wineries surrounding the city, Lynchburg and the nearby Virginia countryside have become a leading wine destination in the state. Groups of wine-lovers could spend several days touring and tasting at the area wineries and vineyards. If you have more limited time, however, here are three to be sure to visit.

• DeVault Family Vineyards
— Voted one of Virginia’s top 10 wineries in 2012, this vineyard and winery sits on 32 acres, situated less than 20 miles outside of Lynchburg. In addition to wine tours and tastings, the facility offers tennis, volleyball, stocked fishing ponds and an indoor pool.

• Sans Soucy Vineyard and Winery
— Sans Soucy also made the 2012 list of Virginia’s top 10 wineries. Visiting groups can try some uncommon wines there, as the company specializes in growing traminette, viognier, cabernet franc, petit verdot and tempranillo grapes to produce its boutique varietals.

• Peaks of Otter Winery
— In the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Johnson family has turned its centuries-old family farming tradition into the state’s first all-fruit winery. The winery produces 30 varieties of wine, such as Chili Dawg, Blueberry Muffin and Strawberry Reserves — most of which are made from fruit grown onsite.