What better way to spend leisure time than sipping wine and watching movies outdoors? These six vineyards and wineries offer wine-and-film lovers the best of both.
Early Mountain Vineyards, Madison, VA
From March to October, Early Mountain hosts monthly Sips and Cinema screenings. A $30 season pass includes admission to all eight screenings, with popcorn. Before the film, grab a glass of Early Mountain’s Eluvium Bordeaux-style red blend.
King Ferry Winery, King Ferry, NY
Treleaven Wines transforms its barrel room into a movie theater. Recent screenings include The Departed and 1942 classic Casablanca. The winery’s tasting room is open throughout the screening for your vinous concession needs.
One Woman Wines & Vineyards, Southold, NY
Now in its sixth year, One Woman’s Tasting Under the Stars series is a Long Island favorite. Pack a picnic for this candlelit affair, which features an outdoor film, a bonfire, s’mores and even a telescope for viewing the sky. Make your reservations early, as picnic-table seating fills up fast.
Ram’s Gate Winery, Sonoma, CA
During autumn, Ram’s Gate opens up its outdoor pavilion and gallery to entice both movie and wine lovers. The winery introduces spot-on wine pairings to go with classic films. Guests have sipped the winery’s Carneros Pinot Noir with the 1980s comedy Trading Places and Syrah with Edward Scissorhands.
Veramar Vineyard, Berryville, VA
Located just an hour from Washington, D.C., Veramar hosts an annual movie night beneath the stars. Movies begin at dusk, so bring a picnic to enjoy with Veramar’s wines. Pop open a bottle of the 2013 Estate Club Chardonnay or the 2012 Cabernet Franc to sip alongside wine-geek favorite Bottle Shock.
Wente Vineyards, Livermore, CA
In July and August, this winery known for its eclectic music series also offers a complimentary cinema series under the stars. Picnic dinners are encouraged and wine and food is available for purchase on site. Pair Wente’s lauded Chardonnay with a screening of films like Caddyshack or Star Wars.