Fall Wine Tasting: Virginia & Maryland Wineries Near Washington, D.C.

02 Oct
October 2, 2013

Now that it’s cooled off in our area it’s time to enjoy the sunny crisp days before the chill of winter by heading out of the city on a Saturday or Sunday escape to one of the DMV’s numerous nearby vineyards. A lot of DC natives aren’t aware that Virginia and Maryland are home to many locally owned and operated wineries. Spending the day touring a vineyard and taking advantage of the tastings being offered by the winery you choose is the perfect way to spend a fall day out of DC.

If you’re planning on visiting multiple vineyards and doing several wine tastings in a day you may want to look into the option of getting a car service, limo or party bus, depending on the size of your group. There are lots of affordable options that will let your entire party share in the fun while also keeping everyone safe on the roads. The best way to get a great deal on a ride service is to scour Living Social and Groupon coupons to see what comes up for our area since companies are frequently posting great deals on those sites!

Before you begin your trip, be sure to check the hours and tasting details of the vineyards you’ll be visiting. While most vineyards do accept large groups, some have differing policies on advanced notice and other small details, so it’s always a good idea to call ahead or check their websites if you are going to be arriving with a large group.

Many Maryland wineries and Northern Virginia wineries close to DC have websites with calendars that include when special events such as live music, outdoor movies, or interesting food vendors will be at the vineyard on specific dates and times. Some places even offer a variety of live music events throughout the fall season. With a little research and planning, you can turn your trip into a full day of tasting and enjoyment.

We’ve highlighted several great vineyard options in the area to provide you with some information on, but with so many more local wineries near DC you can always search for your own place to visit. If you try a great vineyard or already have your own favorite, leave us a comment below letting us know more about it!

Below are our suggestions with locations, websites where you can find more information, distance from DC (we mapped them all from Union Station), posted tasting/touring costs, and other fun notes –

 
 
Virginia Wineries:

Vineyard Name The Winery at La Grange
Address 4970 Antioch Road
Haymarket, VA 20169
Website www.wineryatlagrange.com
Distance from DC ~ 55 minutes driving
Tasting Fee $15 / person & includes a custom La Grange glass to take home
Fun Note This vineyard stakes claim to the rich history of the land and the buildings of the La Grange farm that since 2005 has been turned into a fully functioning vineyard on 8 acres of land with an on-site production facility  housed in the property’s manor house that dates back to the late 1700s, but perhaps the most unique part of this winery is the ghost stories they share on their website! Check it out to see for yourself!
Vineyard Name Paradise Springs Winery
Address 13219 Yates Ford Road
Clifton, VA 20124
Website www.paradisespringswinery.com
Distance from DC ~ 50 minutes driving
Tasting Fee $10 / person for entire flight of wine tastings. (Add $3 for a Paradise Springs Winery etched glass)
Fun Note Every Friday throughout the ENTIRE year you can join this vineyard on Friday evenings for their “Friday Evening in Paradise” events that feature live music that changes each week. They also have live music periodically on Saturdays in addition to several movie nights and culinary adventures. Definitely check this vineyard’s calendar to see what’s going on!
Vineyard Name Pearmund Cellars
Address 6190 Georgetown Road
Broad Run, VA 20137
Website www.pearmundcellars.com
Distance from DC ~ 60 minutes driving
Tasting Fee $10 / person for entire flight of red and white wine tastings. Click Here to see what they are currently offering to taste.
Fun Note Pearmund Cellars, voted Best Winery Overall in Virginia for 2013 by Virginia Wine Lover magazine, offers a great advantage for wine enthusiasts who really love this vineyard, you can stop by or call ahead to sign up for their wine club! Membership in the club gets you complimentary tastings for yourself and 3 others on the day you join and coupons for complimentary tastings to use during the year. Additionally your paid membership is worth 4 shipments during the year of some great Pearmund wines plus you’ll receive their newsletter with recipes for pairing suggestions. You may want to check out their winery before committing to the club but it seems like a great deal!

 
 

Maryland Wineries:

Vineyard Name Fridays Creek Winery
Address 3485 Chaneyville Rd
Owings, MD 20736
Website www.fridayscreek.com
Distance from DC ~ 40 minutes driving
Tasting Fee None Listed
Fun Note They have acres of vines to tour at the winery and an even larger vineyard down the road on the shores of the Patuxent River. Also www.marylandwine.com says you can take a picnic with you to enjoy while you are there!

Vineyard Name Romano Winery
Address 15715 Bald Eagle School Rd
Brandywine, MD 20613
Website www.romanowinery.com
Distance from DC ~ 45 minutes driving
Tasting Fee None Listed
Fun Note With full-priced bottles of their current wine selections priced between $12-17 each, there’s not much of a risk involved  in taking a chance on trying out this vineyards offerings!
Vineyard Name Thanksgiving Farm Wines
Address 195 Harwood Road, P.O Box 213
Harwood, MD 20776
Website www.thanksgivingfarm.com
Distance from DC ~ 40 minutes driving
Tasting Fee $1.50 / sample. Open Sundays from 1-5 pm.
Fun Note While this winery is open solely on Sundays from 1-5 pm and otherwise by appointment only, it’s definitely worth the trip to see the charming farmhouse and grounds this vineyard is attached to.
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