Barren Ridge Vineyards
John and Shelby Higgs began their journey towards cultivating and bottling Shenandoah Valley wines in 2004. The land where Barren Ridge Vineyards now stands was once St. James Orchard, previously owned by John’s father, James Albert Higgs. Keeping the land’s heritage and history in mind, John and Shelby transformed their former apple orchard into the first vineyard and winery in Augusta County, Virginia.
Barren Ridge Vineyards is located on a high ridge in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, cradled between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains. Warm dry days and cool nights promote ripening of the grapes while maintaining the fruit’s essential flavors and aromas from vine to bottle.
The Shenandoah Valley is considered a semi-arid climate due to its close proximity to two mountain ranges. At 1400 feet, Barren Ridge Vineyards derives its name from the unusual weather pattern which directs rain clouds away from the ridge. These effects coupled with the near constant breeze helps to provide an optimum growing environment for grapes.