The District offers so many things to do – museums, restaurants, lectures, music, theater. But after a busy work week, sometimes it’s nice to get out of town and head to the country for a little wine tasting. Virginia has dozens of wineries within a short distance of DC giving you lots of opportunities for a quick day trip. To help you get the most out of your day trip, here are the 9 best wineries within 1 hour of Washington DC.
Boxwood Estates, Middleburg, Va.
With ties to the Washington Redskins, Boxwood Estates has one of the most beautiful barrel rooms in the region. Created by former Redskins owner, Jack Kent Cooke, Boxwood is known for it’s 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 dedication to producing only the best wine with each vintage, you’ll love the wine and the modern tasting room with a view into their below ground barrel room.
RdV Vineyards, Delaplane, Va.
The team at RdV Vineyards set out to create a world-class wine in a place where experts say it isn’t possible. Their clear focus on doing few things in an effort to produce with excellence has led them to produce two wines, Lost Mountain and Rendezvous. Both are blends of Bordeaux grapes and show off the best of each vintage. A visit to RdV is an exceptional experience with an extensive tour followed by a tasting paired with cheese and charcuterie.
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.
Barrel Oak Winery, Delaplane, Va.
The owners of Barrel Oak Winery had a goal of creating a place that produced good wine and good community. In fact, they were voted #1 Family Friendly Winery by Wine Enthusiast Magazine in 2012, likely because of their incredible amenities including a patio for picnics, ability to accomodate large groups, and pet-friendly environment. Tastings include samples of many of Virginia’s most popular wines like Norton, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, and Viognier.
Potomac Point Winery, Stafford, Va.
Designed with Tuscan charm, the tasting room and bistro at Potomac Point Winery will make you feel like you’re on a mini-vacation. 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 day away from the bustle of the city.
Doukenie Winery, Purcellville, Va.
A variety of wine tasting options are available at this northern Virginia winery in the gorgeous countryside. With an individual tasting, you can try seven of Doukenie Winery’s offerings at the tasting bar or on the outside patio or bring a large group to sample the wines with you. If you’re interested in a unique tasting experience, reserve a barrel tasting for yourself and a few friends with a wine educator.
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. Your visit will allow you to taste a line up of reds and whites plus enjoy a glass or bottle outdoors on Linden’s deck. Their tasting facility is designed to maintain a peaceful environment, and as such large groups are not permitted. This is a perfect place to visit for a relaxing and refreshing afternoon of wine tasting.
Pearmund Cellars, Broad Run, Va.
For three years in a row, Pearmund Cellars has been voted Best Winery in Virginia, so why wouldn’t you visit? They offer a number of different winery experiences so you can find the right one from you. From a tasting in their tasting room to a private group wine class to a vineyard and winery tour to a private food and wine pairing class, you’ll find the right option for you.
Naked Mountain Winery, Markham, Va.
Since this winery is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, of course there are panoramic views overlooking Naked Mountain’s vineyards. In the winter you can enjoy the warmth of their large fireplace in the chalet-style tasting room. Bring a picnic or sample light fare from the tasting room along with a bottle of wine on the outdoor deck. In winter months, sample their chef’s lasagna on Saturdays and Sundays. Make sure to sample Naked Mountain’s cheeky named wines and relax with a refreshing mountain view.