The Best Website Designs of Virginia Wineries and Vineyards

I am currently working on a complete rebranding and new website for Naked Mountain Winery & Vineyards. My very first process is to research my client’s competition, of which I found a great list of all Virginia wineries at VirginiaWine.org. I was dismayed to find that, out of the 190 wineries listed, only 8 of them had well designed sites. Most of the sites looked like they were designed in the 90’s and never updated since. Here is a showcase of the best website designs of Virginia Wineries and Vineyards:

Rappahannock Cellars

Easily the best designed Virginia Winery website. Great imagery, easy to navigate, social media integrated, perfect use of “call-to-actions,” and great presentation of wines.

Rappahannock Cellars

Afton Mountain Vineyards

This is one of my favorites. This site is extremely inviting. The only criticism I have is that the homepage’s slideshow requires Flash which greatly limits accessibility to those great photos.

Afton Mountain Vineyards

Hidden Brook Winery

A very pleasant and well laid out website design. I would just suggest that social media networks be added to the website and their marketing plan if not already in place, and I would highly recommend updating their wine label designs.

Hidden Brook Winery

Well Hung Vineyards

A fun site with a great story, and you have to love the winery name’s double entendre.

Well Hung Vineyard

Hume Vineyards

Great logo, nice images and great presentation of wines. Would suggest better typography design and a “call-to-action” on the homepage.

Hume Vineyards

Ox-Eye Vineyards

Though site is not currently live, the under construction page looks very promising.

Ox-Eye Vineyards

Annefield Vineyards

A very well thought out site architecture and design.

Annefield Vineyards

Rosemont of Virginia

Love that the homepage has been minimalized to the most important features: images to create an environment, last news listings, a Visit the Winery “call-to-action”, hours, and contact info.

Rosemont of Virginia

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  2. Gayle Epperly says:

    Thanks for this list of winery websites. I’ve personally visited Rappahannock, Hume, and Hidden Brook, and have plans to visit Afton Mountain soon. I’ve noticed the lack of attention to winery websites in Virginia. Being a graphic designer myself, I’ve been drawn to those top three sites specifically because of their websites. There are many great wineries in Virginia that need to update their websites to match the quality of their wines. Maybe you can help them :-).

    P.S. Not sure if you saw the Barboursville website, but it might be worth adding to your list. – http://barboursvillewine.net/winery/

  3. Cary Scott says:

    Thanks Gayle! Barboursville was actually on our short list but we decided that it was the great photos and logos that make their site look nice. Their site is in need of an update. With the quality of imagery at their disposal they should have an amazing website. To be honest, so far I’ve only visited Rappahannock Cellars and Hume Vineyards from this list. I will be visiting Hidden Brook Winery and Afton Mountain Vineyards in the near future. Unfortunately, A couple of these wineries are just a little too far away from me.

  4. Cary,

    Thanks for putting this list together – and for the positive feedback. Even though it’s been about 6 months since we launched our new website, we’re still only just now starting to establish a plan for updating content, blogging, general SEO, and engaging our fans through interactive campaigns. But it sure is nice to have a functional website while we get our thumbs on its potential :)

    Thanks again,
    -Allan

  5. Paul says:

    Great list of winery websites. There are several wineries that need to update their sites. One that I really like is the Blenheim Vineyards site. http://www.blenheimvineyards.com/

    • Cary Scott says:

      I really like Blenheim’s wine labels and the site is kinda cool to. Unfortunately the whole thing was done in flash which greatly reduces accessibility, and would make internet marketing very difficult. I’ve talked to several wineries who are moving in the direction of updating to more modern, standards-based websites. Hopefully I’ll be able to add to my list by summer.

      I’m glad to have found your site — I’ve got it bookmarked and will be reading it. : )

  6. scott says:

    perhaps you’d like to have a fresh look and update rankings. We think our http://www.ducardvineyards.com is right up there.

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