April marks the start of Public Wine Tour season for Reston Limousine, which offers regular weekend getaways to nearby wineries with spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This Saturday, April 18, join us for a trip to two wineries west of Leesburg: Loudoun Valley Vineyards and Veramar Vineyard.
After pickups starting at 10 a.m., youâ€™ll arrive at Loudoun Valley Vineyards in Waterford, a 20-acre estate winery that Cameron and BreeAnn Moore took over in February 2008.
BreeAnn serves as winemaker and is no stranger to the industry, having worked at Beringer Vineyards in California and closer to home, Rappahanock Cellars and Unicorn Winery. This season visitors will enjoy a wine portfolio thatâ€™s entirely her own, including a new viognier thatâ€™s “tasting very well right now,â€ Cameron says.
While itâ€™s early yet to enjoy the wineryâ€™s planned concert series and pit barbecue that will start around June, youâ€™ll still get to enjoy Breeâ€™s artisan wines and picnic fare including fresh breads, salami and cheeses from the estateâ€™s kitchen. Coupled with a view form the wraparound deck overlooking the vineyard, itâ€™s a wine country experience you wonâ€™t soon forget.
Following Loudoun Valley Vineyards, youâ€™ll take a trip over the mountain to reach the Bogaty family’s Veramar Vineyard in Berryville.
The boutique winery, which produces about 4,000 cases per year, recently medaled at the 2009 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition for its 2007 Chardonnay and 2007 Cabernet Franc. The Cab Franc will be hitting international palates in May, when the family will be showcasing and selling the elegant red at a London trade show.
Nowâ€™s your chance to taste these award-winning wines before theyâ€™re taken off the tasting menu and sold only as a library wine â€” a tip graciously provided to Reston Limousine blog by family matriarch Della Bogaty.
If youâ€™ve saved room for food, the winery has a special Wino and Spud Bar event that day: get a baked potato with your favorite toppings for $3 to pair with your choice of Veramar wines from 1-4 p.m.
Cost: $35 per person (does not include tasting fees or gratuity)
Lunch options: A catered box lunch from Atlanta Bread Co. are available for purchase for $15.
Loudoun Valley: $5 for groups of less than eight; $10 for groups of eight or more and includes souvenir glass
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 Loudoun Valley Vineyards
~ 1:30 p.m. Arrive at Veramar Vineyard
~ 3-3:15 p.m. Depart Veramar Vineyard
To book this tour and to request more information, please call 703-478-0500 Option 1.