Loudoun County, Virginia, known as DC’s Wine Country, boasts more than 40 wineries each offering a unique atmosphere and tasting experience. While in Loudoun, not only will you experience wineries offering varying varietals, but you’ll get lost in the equestrian scene, beautiful countryside and discover firsthand why we’re a great destination for wine enthusiasts. Here are 6 reasons why Loudoun County, Virginia is a perfect destination for wine enthusiasts!
A Variety of Varietals
We may be biased but we think the best Virginia wine is made right here in Loudoun County as our diverse terroir allows for numerous varietals to flourish! Whether you are a seasoned wine taster or newly discovering the flavors, understanding the grape varietals will make your experience fun and educational. Unique to the county and the Commonwealth of Virginia, try a glass made with the Norton, a native grape that is dark in color and its fruity flavor may include plum and tart cherries. Or, taste a Viognier, a grape that has found a happy home in the Old Dominion, especially Loudoun County. Try these along with several other popular varietals such as Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Chambourcin and more!
Award Winning Wines
Celebrate Loudoun wine during the Loudoun Wine Awards Grand Tasting and Dinner held annually in October. Taste award-winning wine from Loudoun wineries and discover who will be named Winemaker of the Year and Winegrower of the Year. Visit Sunset Hills Vineyard, winner of the 2017 Chairman’s Grand Award for its 2016 Viognier. The Loudoun Wine Awards Dinner isn’t the only way to taste Loudoun’s award-winning wines though. Visit North Gate Vineyard and The Barns at Hamilton Station Vineyard, both included in the Virginia Wineries Association 2018 Governor’s Cup Case, which showcases the top 12 wines from across the Commonwealth.
Unique Scenery and Heritage
Loudoun County lies just outside of Washington D.C. where thousands of horses wander the countryside, sharing the rural landscape with vineyards and historic estates. It’s a place where thoroughbreds are raised, derby riders are born and Olympians are trained. It’s a place that serves as an idyllic country escape for Washington notables including the Obamas and Jackie Kennedy Onassis who spent countless hours riding horses along the trails.
In Loudoun, we like to think that our heritage adds something special to each glass of wine. Nearly 120 years ago, Loudoun was a great choice for a country getaway. The small town of Middleburg began welcoming visitors for foxhunting and steeple-chasing, quickly earning a reputation as the Nation’s Horse and Hunt Capital. Still known for its rolling hills, beautiful countryside and some of our favorite wineries, Middleburg's pastures and horse farms transport travelers to a past era that has influenced the spirit of the entire county. Wineries in Middleburg include 50 West Vineyards, Cana Vineyards and Winery of Middleburg and many more.
Loudoun County offers events throughout the year that appeal to all age groups but certain times of the year, wineries hold special events for wine lovers and enthusiasts. If you enjoy authentic Virginia wine and live music, the Tarara Winery Summer Concert Series is a must! On summer Saturdays, grab your friends, a lawn chair and get ready to party at Shadow Lake, located at Tarara. To channel your creative side, several Loudoun wineries hold Sip & Paint nights so whether you’re an experienced artist or just a beginner, this relaxing night out allows you to find inspiration amongst the vines! Speaking of relaxing, enjoy a nice vinyasa flow yoga and wine night at wineries like Greenhill Winery & Vineyards and The Wine Reserve at Waterford.
With more than 40 wineries and even more on the horizon, Loudoun County offers the most wineries out of any county in the Commonwealth of Virginia, making this a true wine-lovers destination. To experience a true Loudoun wine, visit wineries like Chrysalis Vineyards, Zephaniah Farm Vineyards, Willowcroft Farm Vineyards, Breaux Vineyards, which grow and produce 100% of their grapes.
Pair it with a Meal
There is no better way to spend an afternoon than relaxing on the patio of a Loudoun winery with wine in hand. The breathtaking views of the rolling countryside offer the perfect backdrop as you indulge in wine and delicious bites. Several wineries offer full lunch options, partnering with local restaurants. For an ever-changing food menu, visit Winery 32 where the owner (and also chef) creates a menu sure to satisfy carnivores, vegetarians and gluten free visitors alike. Known for handmade dough, which forms into crispy, light and airy, Sicilian-style pizza, try Quattro Goomba’s Winery. If you’re looking for Mediterranean and French inspired dishes, Hillsborough Vineyards offers made-to-order dishes on the weekends. These dishes are designed to perfectly complement the wines!