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Where to Wine: A Guide to Northern Virginia Wine Trails

There comes a time when every D.C. resident needs to escape the swamp air of the city for a little rest and relaxation in the neighboring southern state of Virginia. What better way to forget about your job on the hill or the fact that your congressman compliments you a little too much then with some delicious Virginia wine.

There are one or two big wineries outside of the District that most tend to frequent, but if one is willing to go just a few more miles west, there are some hidden gems.
First, lets start off by how you will get there. If you don’t have the luxury of a D.D. and don’t want to fork over the money for a 40 minute Uber, do not fret, you have options.
Reston Limousine offers service to over 25 different wineries in the area. If you have a large group, you can rent a private bus but if it’s just you and four friends, you can book a seat on a public tour with other couples and friends ready to wine out.

 1.     Blue Valley Vineyard and Winery

Where: Delaplane, Virginia
Pros: New facility, Pristine tasting room, BEST mountain views, Great amount of outdoor and indoor seating
Cons: Because it is in my eyes, one of the best wineries NOVA has to offer, it is often extremely crowded, I suggest making a reservation for a tasting
Wine Recommendation: Estate Rose, Viognier 

 2.     Barrel Oak Winery

Where: Delaplane, Virginia
Pros: View, Friendliness of Staff, Live Music, Atmosphere, food trucks on site 
Cons: This winery is extremely dog friendly and although I love our canine friends, sometimes they fight with one another and can get loud, so be sure to not bring somewhere scared of dogs
Wine Recommendation: BowHaus Red, Petit Verdot

3. Three Fox Vineyards

Where: Delaplane, Virginia
Pros: The staff is out of this world, you get a friendly vibe from everyone and they greet you like you’re family, hammocks by the creek, different selection of wine than the usual winery (most are Italian or French grapes)
Cons: No indoor bathrooms, but their outdoor one is way fancier than your average port a potty
Wine Recommendation: Gatto Bianco, La Trovatella Merlot

4.     Naked Mountain Winery 

Where: Markham, Virginia
Pros: Blue Ridge Mountains, wine selection, prices
Cons: Little indoor seating, there are picnic tables on the property but if you want to be on the deck or inside, space is limited
Wine Recommendation: Birthday Suit, Red Light

5. Cobbler Mountain Cellars

Where: Delaplane, Virginia
Pros: In addition to their wines, they have a fantastic cider selection, family owned, adorable wine dog who roams the property, lots of seating
Cons: The location is right next to a cow farm so be ready to hear some, “MOO’s”
Wine Recommendation: Original Honey, Smackin’ Orange

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