Nelson 151 is the travel destination for Virginia wine, craft beer, hard cider, spirits and outdoor recreation lovers. Route 151 is a designated Virginia scenic byway on the sunrise side of the Blue Ridge that connects the Nelson 151 member businesses.
Five wineries (Afton Mountain Vineyards, Cardinal Point Vineyard and Winery, Flying Fox Vineyard and Winery, Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery and Veritas Vineyard), three breweries (Blue Mountain Brewery, Devils Backbone Brewing Company and Wild Wolf Brewery), and a cidery (Bold Rock Hard Cider) decided to form a group to more efficiently market and leverage their unique “micro” appellation. Nelson 151 was created.
The Nelson 151 members recognize and celebrate the benefits of their proximity to one another in the pastoral Rockfish Valley. With orchards and farms, unique shopping, bed and breakfasts, local restaurants, community theater, hiking, biking, skiing, golf, fresh air and unforgettable views – Nelson 151 is the perfect choice for a day trip or weekend excursion.
Not Your Average Farm Tour
From the local food hub, farmers markets, pick your own and petting farms, it is evident that Nelson Counties’ rural economic development strategies support agri-tourism and unique rural enterprise. In the spring, apple and peach blossom and the colors of fall include the beautiful apples in the trees that dot the landscape. There are farm products to suit every taste, with festivals and events year round. Local restaurateurs shop for local products alongside neighbors and visitors.
There is commitment on the part of schools, businesses and citizens to work collaboratively to maintain the scenic, rural landscape of Nelson County. Residents and businesses take the Buy Fresh Buy Local mantra seriously, recycling local investment and materials at every level. The craft breweries spent grain is devoured by the local cattle. Local wind power companies are selling back energy to the Central Virginia Electric Cooperative, whose renewable energy programs make it a national model. A responsible steward of 11,000 scenic Blue Ridge Mountains acres, the Wintergreen Resort and community actively nurture its environment, honoring and conserving precious natural resources.