You want to celebrate Virginia Wine Month in October but your drinking partners don’t drink wine – not a problem! We can customize a private tour at a number of Loudoun wineries now also serving beer or cider, and you can all spend a day in DC’s Wine Country with your group sipping on locally made libations. Below are some of the winery partners we work with to create private tours for clients looking to enjoy the season in the scenic Loudoun countryside.
Corcoran Vineyards & Cidery
Open Saturday and Sunday, 12-5 p.m.
14635 Corky’s Farm Ln, Waterford, VA 20197
One of the oldest wineries on the Loudoun Wine Trail, Corcoran specializes in hand-crafted ciders and Port-style wines. Cider cocktail flights also are available to enjoy in the renovated historic barn or out on the patios. You are welcome to bring your own food or purchase snacks in the tasting room. Groups of 6 people or more must make a reservation; click here to book online.
Notaviva Craft Fermentations
Open Friday 4-8 p.m., Saturday 12-8 p.m., Sunday 12-5 p.m.
13274 Sagle Road, Purcellville, VA 20132
The former Notaviva Vineyards rebranded earlier this year as they expanded their lineup to include craft beers and ciders. You can now order mixed flights of their musically themed drinks in their tasting room, which features live acoustic performances on Saturdays from 4-7 p.m. Reservations are required, and may be made for up to 16 people for weekends only between 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Click here to make your group reservation.
Henway Hard Cider
18780 Foggy Bottom Rd, Bluemont, VA 20135
Open Thursday to Sunday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
The Great Country Farms family of craft beverage makers grew with the recent opening of their new cidery, which has a tasting room on the farm at the base of the Blue Ridge mountains. You can sample mixed flights of ciders – made with fruit grown on the farm – and a selection of Bluemont Vineyard wines. Starting Oct. 1, their full menu debuts with panini and pot pie as heavier offerings in addition to snacks and spreads. No outside food is allowed. Group reservations may be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. If you’d like the full Great Country Farms experience, you can cross the road and travel up the slope of the Blue Ridge Mountains to visit the separate tasting rooms of Bluemont Vineyard and Dirt Farm Brewing – both offer spectacular views of the valley. Please note that both are located up steep roads and larger vehicles such as buses are not permitted.
Bear Chase Brewing
Open Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
18294 Blueridge Mountain Road, Bluemont, Virginia
While Bear Chase doesn’t make its own wine or ciders, they do offer a selection in the tasting room. A panoramic vista of Loudoun Valley provides for excellent fall foliage viewing while sampling their seasonal beers, including an Oktoberfest Marzen. No outside food allowed, but they do sell a pretty good selection of pub food such as pizza, pretzels and snacks. No need to make group reservations as they have ample space in their indoor tasting room, deck and several outdoor areas with fire pits.