Wine tastings, harness racing this weekend

Sample the region’s wines while watching harness races at the fourth annual Wine & Trotter Festival this weekend.

The festivities take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Shenandoah County Fairgrounds in Woodstock.

Tom Eshelman, general manager of the Shenandoah County Fair Association, said he expects about 1,000 people to attend the annual event, which includes wine tastings from area wineries.

Wineries offering tastings are North Mountain Cave Ridge, Bluestone Vineyard, DeMello Vineyards, Barren Ridge Vineyards, Valerie Hill Vineyard and Winery, and The Winery at Kindred Pointe.

Eshelman added there will also be crafters and artisans at the event. Along with American favorites, food vendors will provide barbecue, seafood, and fruit and cheese platters to go along with the wine tastings.

Those who attend will also receive a souvenir wine glass.

He added that this event will take place rain or shine. Picnic shelters, big tents and a covered grandstand will provide cover in case of rain showers.

Admission for tastings and races is $16 when tickets are purchased online at

If tickets are purchased at the gate, tastings and races are $20. Races-only tickets are $10. Tickets include a $5 betting voucher for the same day of racing. Children under 16 years old are free to attend.

Proper ID must be shown for wine tastings.

Contact staff writer Kaley Toy at 540-465-5137 ext. 176, or