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Sure, Napa Valley is nice. But why go that far when Virginia Wine Country is right here, waiting to be explored?
The wine scene in Virginia has blossomed in recent years, boosted by a seemingly endless string of award-winning wines and welcoming vineyards that offer breathtaking views paired with incredible tasting-and-touring experiences.
Unlike the traditional wine-growing regions, Virginia’s wine industry is in a phase of delicious self-discovery. The natural environment in our area creates unique challenges and opportunities. Local winemakers have seized upon them to create truly special wines that stand up to the best wines from around the world.
If you’re a wine enthusiast, you’ll not soon run out of vineyards to visit and wines to taste. To stay in the know, we encourage you to check out the Virginia Wine website. In the meantime, let us get you started with a four of our favorite local vineyards.
Stone Tower Winery
The third generation of the Huber family manages this 300-acre estate on Hogback Mountain near Leesburg. The current owners, Mike and Kristi Huber, considered themselves wine connoisseurs before formally entering the winemaking industry. They’ve succeeded by tapping the expertise of leading consultants to study the terroir and help them grow grapes that perfectly match the place.
Stone Tower Winery offers tours and tastings from Thursday through Monday, plus a Wine Club membership that provides a collection of premium perks and a steady supply of the vineyard’s finest wines.
Breaux Vineyards sits on a stunning 404-acre Loudoun County estate. With multiple Virginia Governor’s Cup honors, this family-owned enterprise has firmly established itself as one of the commonwealth’s premier sources of extraordinary Virginia wine. But the success doesn’t end there, and Breaux wines have taken home numerous national and international awards.
From the 17 different grape varieties grown here come a wide range of red wines, white wines, sparkling wines and rose wines. Breaux Vineyards truly offers something to suit the tastes of any wine lover, and the gorgeous views will have you planning your next visit.
The proprietors of Hillsborough Vineyards stress that each bottle of wine is created “in harmony with the terroir.” Every bottle is made from grapes proven to be well-matched with the Northern Virginia soils, and with an aging process that lasts a minimum of three years, each bottle reveals the fruits of this thoughtful, patient approach.
The Baki family purchased the land here in 2001, and the first grapes were planted in 2003. In less than 20 years, it has risen to become one of Virginia’s premier wineries. Its tasting room offers a gorgeous, relaxing experience.
Hillsborough also features an on-farm brewery that adds a new layer of interest and excitement to your visit.
The Winery at Bull Run
The closest winery to Washington, D.C., The Winery at Bull Run promises a true grape-to-glass experience with an authentic Virginia atmosphere. Though proximity adds to its appeal, the experience is one of peaceful escape surrounded by beautiful scenery in Fairfax County.
Boasting a collection of award-winning wines and a frequently changing tasting menu, The Winery at Bull Run keeps things fresh and exciting so that every new visit feels like your first.
The Winery at Bull Run is celebrating its 10th anniversary this summer. During its relatively short time, more than a million people have visited the vineyards. We highly recommend that drop in to see what the fuss is all about.