4 Local Wineries in Northern VA to Try During the Fall
Virginia wine is a famous product. The grapes in Virginia are unique, due to the climate and the soil. Surrounding the northern Virginia area are wonderful, award-winning wineries with hundreds of local options to savor. These wineries aren’t just for weddings or high-brow events; they pride themselves on being family oriented and open to everyone. Many options sold are even budget friendly.
Here are some of the favorites: some near, and some a little further away.
1. The Winery at Bull Run
This is one of the closest wineries to DC, called the “Gateway to Virginia Wine Country.” The Winery At Bull Run is located in Centreville, just a few miles away from the Town of Vienna. 225 acres of land are sandwiched between an equestrian farm and the Manassas Battlefield Park.
A historic home that burned down thirty years prior to the founding of the winery was salvaged. The Winery worked to preserve the foundation of the old home and the chimney. Once in a while, Civil War reenactors stop by the winery for tastings. Sometimes they are in costume. Don’t be alarmed, it’s still the 21st century.
The Winery at Bull Run allows visitors to taste many different kinds of Virginia vintages. It has two on site vineyards that grow 8 acres of Norton vines. The venue is unique, with mementos and paintings dating back hundreds of years. It is also available for weddings and other events.
Live music and food trucks can also be found at the winery. Some locals rave about the Delaney wine, so be sure to check it out the next time you find yourself driving down I-66.
2. Paradise Springs Winery
Located near historic Clifton, just on the edge of Fairfax County, Paradise Springs Winery is the only other winery in the county. However, it was the very first winery in the county, according to reviews.
Seated next to the Bull Run River, Paradise Springs Winery boasts a rich history. The property was originally a land grant from Lord Fairfax in 1716, with a cabin built on the property. That cabin has since been renovated by a protege of Frank Lloyd Wright.
The winery produces up to 12,000 cases of wine each year. Local residents love the Meritage (doesn’t matter what year), and say it tastes like spice and leather. This winery won’t break your budget, either. Flights can cost as little as $15. Food trucks also serve refreshments outside. This winery is a little small, so make sure to plan your trip early in order to get a good parking space.
3. Stone Tower Winery
This historic winery located in Leesburg is worth the trek for a sip of their Viognier. Stone Tower Winery is one of the fastest growing businesses in the country, according to Loudoun Now.
The winery opened in 2009 and has since become a top spot for weddings, parties, and casual tastings. Take advantage of the gorgeous views on this 300 acre plot of land with two tasting rooms. One room is family-friendly (bring your dog!) and the other is for adults only, with a lavish snack bar. The Washingtonian recommends trying the Hogback Mountain Bordeaux-style blend. Fans of the winery recommend getting in line for the pizza early.
And if you’re too worried about COVID-19, try the Stone Tower Winery’s virtual happy hours. Locals who have tried it love the Stay at Home kits available for purchase online. The vineyard produces 11,000 cases of wine per year.
4. 868 Estates Vineyards
This vineyard won the 2020 Governor’s Cup for their 2017 Vidal Blanc Passito. The award is the highest honor from the Virginia Wineries Association. Located in Purcellville, this winery is too good to pass up. Stop making excuses and head out to try their elevated tasting, which includes truffles, grilled cheeses, and roasted vegetables.
The winery is also home to the Grandale restaurant, which, while not open this season due to COVID-19, is still a hidden gem. Live music and BBQ are hosted on the grounds during the summer.
Come hungry and thirsty. This winery has something for everyone.