Address: 1218 Elmos RD, 2122 Sheep Creek Rd, Bedford VA 24523 / (540) 586-3707
wholesale & retail wine
Grass - Fed
About Us / Peaks of Otter Winery & Orchards History: Nancy and Danny Johnson with their son Shannon and wife Donna, own and operate Peaks of Otter Winery, Johnson’s Orchards and Elmo’s Rest in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Bedford Virginia. Danny's dad established Johnson’s Orchards in 1919 in the area of property that had been in the family since the 1750s. In 1995 the Johnsons considered making wine from the fruits they were growing. More and more Virginia Wineries were being established and were attracting an increasing number of visitors.
The Johnsons felt that the addition of a winery would also be a way of selling more of their fruits directly to consumers. Shannon, who is now the wine maker, says the 70% of the fruits used in the wine are grown on the farm. Grape vines and Berry plants have been planted and are bearing.
Peaks of Otter wines are reminiscent of “Grandmas or Great-Grandma’s” wines, those old-fashioned wines made from a variety of fruits. A venture into vegetables using chili peppers, to make “Kiss The Devil” wine and blend with apple wine to make “Chili Dawg” wine, (this Dawg will bite)has been so successful that “Chili Dawg” is now a top selling wine. “Fruit of the Farm” wines have changed Virginia’s tasting buds. You will find Grandson Jordon and wife Lindsey at many festivals along with Grandson Josh and friends Wayne and Andy. All of these help in the winery and on the farm. You will find Vicki keeping the home fires burning at the winery.
Many of the wines are made from Danny’s grandmother’s recipes and the fruits or berries are fermented in apples juice and require less sugar to turn the fruit into wine.
Now more that 25 wines are produced with our newest wines fermented in apple juice being “Pumpkin Pie”, Chocolate Cherry Bomb and Pomegranate.
In Season you may sample and pick the fruit that our wines, ciders, jellies, jams and butters are made from. We also have farm animals you can visit.
The Horse and Hound Wine festival is held the 2nd Saturday in July with Horse and Dog events.