Exploring Virginia Wine Country

by Brian on September 15, 2013

in Guides

The other weekend I headed out for an afternoon of wine tasting in Virginia’s booming wine country. My day was focused on the area around the quaint town of Middleburg in Loudoun County and Fauquier County. The area is a mix of vineyards, other agriculture, and horse farms in the rolling foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s very pretty.

The drive from Washington, DC is a quick hour (approximately 60 miles) out Route 66. I previously wrote about my visit to Baboursville Vineyards in the Charlottesville area of Virginia wine county. While not Napa or Sonoma California, wandering around Virginia wine country is a fun way to spend an afternoon enjoying a few glasses of wine surrounded by beautiful countryside.

Boxwood Winery

I recently read the March 2013 CNN.com article Finding Fine Wines in Virginia, highlighting some well regarded Virginia vineyards. I used this to map my route and pinpoint my first stop, Boxwood Winery. This vineyard specializes in red wines. The building at Boxwood is interesting architecturally, but the tasting area is very small and cramped. My favorite there was the 2010 Topiary, a cabernet franc and merlot blend. While the tasting area isn’t large, Boxwood has an expansive outdoor area with tables to enjoy a glass of its wine.  The tasting fee was $10.

Delaplane Cellars

My second stop was Delaplane Cellars. Perched high on a hill overlooking its vineyard and the valley below, Delaplane has a large tasting room and nice outdoor terrace. The tasting fee was $9 and included a variety of its wines. My favorite was the rosé.

Linden Vineyards

The final stop was Linden Vineyards. This was my third time visiting here and it remains one of my favorite vineyards in Virginia. The building is a very simple, rustic design with a nice deck overlooking the vineyards. Linden’s wines are quite good for Virginia wine. After the tasting, we purchased a bottle of rosé and sat on the deck. The deck is supposed to be reserved for Linden wine club members, but I’ve found on several visits that they’ll let you sit on the deck if you buy a bottle and you’re not a member. It’s a great friendly and laid back place. The tasting fee at Linden was $8 and the bottle of rosé was $26.

Exploring Virginia wine country is a nice, relaxing way to spend an autumn Saturday or Sunday – definitely worth a trip.

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