Washington DC – Day Trip 1 – Virginia’s Wine Country – I

So far, once leaving Washington DC for the surrounding countryside, I have emphasized Virginia’s Hunt Country, as it has a long tradition, since American Colonial times.

And, alongside is another European tradition, wine-making, which up until the last few decades was mostly a much smaller industry, using native American grapes like Concord and Scuppernong.

One of the wineries below builds on a 250 year tradition in Virginia.

As the state has the temperate weather for a formal wine industry, vintners from California and elsewhere, along with Virginians, have been willing to plant European grape cultivars and wait the 7 years for a first vintage.

Enology is a patient art, and viticulture thrives under knowledgeable hands. So, if you are an oenophile, wine afficionado or wine connoisseur, then check out some of the wineries listed below.

You will also find companion wineries on your way to see these, which range across an area to the west and south of the City. Be sure to have a designated driver. Drive responsibly.

Using The Poplar Springs Inn highlighted in a previous article (check the Washington DC archive, link at end of article), as a base of operations, you can follow a local self-guided wine tour or go further afield to the Piedmont, Blue-Ridge or around Delaplane or Middleburg.

* Local — Pearmund Cellars, Mediterranean Cellars and Marterella Winery

* Northern Virginia Wine Tour — The Winery at LaGrange, Chrysalis Vineyards and also Swedenburg Estate Vineyard

* Blue Ridge Wine Way Tour — Gray Ghost Vineyards, Rappahannock Cellars and the Philip Carter Winery

* Delaplane Wine Tour — Barrel Oak Winery, Three Fox Vineyards and Chateau O’Brien at Northpoint

Learn more about Virginia wineries

The following list is alphabetical, not geographical.

Barrel Oak Winery
Chateau O’Brien
Chrysalis Vineyards
Gray Ghost Vineyards
Marterella Winery
Mediterranean Cellars
Pearmund Cellars

Philip Carter Winery
“There are few places that can boast the depth of American wine history that Philip Carter Winery reflects. The family carries a two hundred and fifty year legacy dating back to 1762 as producers of the first internationally recognized fine wines in America. Located in Hume, Virginia, Philip Carter Winery is seated on 27 acres among rolling hills and vineyards in the heart of Fauquier County’s Wine Country.”

Rappahannock Cellars
Swedenburg Estate Vineyard

The Winery at LaGrange
“Prince William County’s premier winery nestled at the foot of Bull Run Mountain. Tastings in the lovingly restored 18th century Manor House daily from 11am until 6pm. Explore the 20 acre estate, picnic with friends or settle into a firelit parlor room.”

Three Fox Vineyards They have picnic facilities, with wine-mobile service!


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