It just wouldn’t be fall in DC without a quintessential vineyard excursion — one complete with rolling hills, picturesque vantages, and plenty of vino to spare. Luckily, the DC region is practically overflowing with options that cater to each distinct taste — from family-friendly mainstays to Italian-inspired experiences. Keep reading to uncork our list of favorites for wineries near DC!
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Boxwood Estates, Middleburg, VA
Blended by former Redskins owner, Jack Kent Cooke, Boxwood is known for its estate-grown Bordeaux-style blends. The gorgeous estate includes a uniquely designed white building that houses the tasting room, barrel room, and production facility. With a commitment to producing only the best wine with each vintage, you’ll fall in love with the wine and modern tasting room with a view into their below ground barrel room.
Chrysalis Vineyards, Middleburg, VA
The star of Chrysalis Vineyards is the native grape, Norton. During your visit at this winery, you’ll encounter a top representation of Virginia’s grape along with several other French and Spanish wines such as Viognier, Albariño, Tempranillo, and Graciano. Visit for a tasting of 10 of Chrysalis’s wines and stay for a picnic overlooking their expansive vineyards over rolling hills in Virginia horse country.
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Barrel Oak Winery, Delaplane, VA
Barrel Oak Winery was voted #1 Family Friendly Winery by Wine Enthusiast Magazine in 2012, likely because of their incredible amenities including a patio for picnics, ability to accommodate large groups, and pet-friendly environment. Tastings feature samples of many of Virginia’s most popular wines like Norton, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, and Viognier — to name just a few.
Potomac Point Winery, Stafford, VA
Craving a dose of culture? Designed with Tuscan charm, the tasting room and bistro at Potomac Point Winery will make you feel like you’ve escaped to the Italian countryside — without even having to make the trek. Do your tasting in the expansive tasting room and then find a spot to enjoy a glass of wine in the lounge or outside in the courtyard under the veranda with an Italian water feature. Finish your day with an Italian-inspired meal in the bistro, rounding out a well-earned day away from the bustle of the city.
Linden Vineyards, Linden, VA
Located on a hilltop overlooking Linden’s vineyards is a peaceful and quaint tasting room offering some of Virginia’s top-rated wines. Their belief is that great wine begins at the vines and they focus their energies on nurturing their vineyards in the surrounding hillsides and valleys. During your visit, you’ll taste a line up of reds and whites while enjoying a glass (or bottle) outdoors on Linden’s deck.
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