Choosing Wineries for your Private Winery Tour

With more than 40 wineries in Loudoun County, 20 in Fauquier County and more than 250 total in the state, choosing a winery for your custom Virginia wine tour can be a daunting task.

Visit Loudoun offers great online resources when selecting a winery in DC’s Wine Country, including  a Touring Guide, Touring Map and descriptions of each winery. Click here to view their website.

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Below are some ideas for stops on your private winery tour:

Proximity to DC: Staying in the nation’s capital, Arlington, Alexandria or Tysons and don’t have a lot of time? Paradise Springs Winery and The Winery at Bull Run are the closest to The District and are open daily starting at 11 a.m.

Great views: Visit Loudoun suggests this winery trio with spectacular settings:    Hillsborough Vineyards, Breaux Vineyards, and Bluemont Vineyard.

Onsite Dining: Chef and Co-Owner Michael Moosher offers a selection of entrees every weekend at Winery 32 in Leesburg, while Executive Chef Author Clarke oversees the kitchen at Grandale Restaurant at 868 Estate Vineyards.

Two for One: When you want a selection of libations, here are a couple of family owned properties that provide options for everyone:

Pet friendly: While many local wineries are pet-friendly and often have their own four-legged mascots, Virginia Wine in My Pocket includes the following noteworthy locations: Willowcroft Farm Vineyards, Winery at La Grange, and 8 Chains North. In addition to catering to hounds, Barrel Oak Winery also offers horseback riding.

Beyond NoVa: A little over an hour’s drive south WashingtonDC, two Fredericksburg area wineries worth the drive are Morais Vineyards and Winery, and Potomac Point Winery and Vineyard. Further south, try these celebrity-owned wineries in Charlottesville: Blenheim Vineyards, owned by musician Dave Matthews, and Trump Winery, purchased by real estate mogul Donald Trump and now overseen by his son, Eric.

 

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