Destinations: Breaux Vineyards, Notaviva Vineyards

If you haven’t had the chance to visit two of Loudoun’s most high-profile wineries, you’ll want to join us on Sunday, April 19, when Reston Limousine’s Public Wine Tour takes you to Breaux Vineyards and Notaviva Vineyards in Purcellville.

Your first stop is Breaux Vineyards, a 404-acre estate that has been voted the state’s No. 1 winery in a poll.

It’s easy to see why; Breaux has harvested a crop of awards over the years for its world-class Virginia wines and generated gallons of ink in local and national press coverage. Most recently, the winery’s Breaux Vineyards’ 2005 Lafayette was mentioned in the March 2009 edition of Martha Stewart Living as “a nicely balanced Cabernet Franc made from grapes grown in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, in Northern Virginia. It has appetizing tannins, moderate oak, and flashes of red currant and black pepper.”

As part of the public tour, Breaux offers a sampling of 13 wines for a fee of between $5 and $10. Once you’ve sampled, you can pair your choices with artisan cheeses and other gourmet fare, then enjoy them indoors in the tasting room or outdoors on Patio Madeleine or landscaped terraces.

Next, you’ll travel 4 miles north to Notaviva Vineyards, where you’ll get to experience what owners Stephen and Shannon Mackey mean by “Notaviva” — their term for “the essence of music’s effect on human emotion.”

They’ve built the winery and created their wines based on that concept, and so their flagship products are named for musical terms that reflect the emotions they are intended to inspire. For instance, the 2007 Cantabile Cabernet Franc (which took a silver medal in the 2009 Virginia Governor’s Cup) is described as having “subtle notes of tobacco and spice” and “graceful tones of currants and berries” — truly “Cantabile,” as in “full of expression.”

Tastings, which cost $5, also may include three other new offerings: a Viognier, White Vinifera and Chambourcin that were bottled in February. As you experience the wine and music, you’ll also want to take note of your surroundings, which have been featured on national TV. HGTV’s Dream House documented the Mackeys building the vineyard and their home, which also serves as the tasting room, in a series that aired in October 2008.

Cost: $35 per person (does not include tasting fees or gratuity)
Lunch options: A catered box lunch from Atlanta Bread. Co. is available for purchase for $15.

10 a.m. pickup West Falls Church Metro Kiss & Ride
10:30 a.m. pickup Dulles Town Center
10:45 a.m. pickup Lansdowne Resort
~ 11:15-11:30 a.m. Arrive at Breaux
~ 1:30 p.m. Arrive at Notaviva
~ 3-3:15 p.m. Depart Notaviva

To book this tour and to request more information, please call Reston Limousine at 703-478-0500 Option 1.

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