There have been lots of changes in DC’s Wine Country over the past several months. New wineries have opened, a couple have closed, and existing wineries are growing and making changes. We’re up to 36 wineries in Loudoun and there are more on the way! We’ll start the updates this week with three new wineries to check out on your next tour of DC’s Wine Country.
Cardamon Family Vineyards A trained chef from the California Culinary Academy and an experienced “cellar rat,” Chuck Cardamon seeks to create food friendly wines that pair well with his SalsaVino line of salsas. While Chuck and his wife Ana are about to break ground on their tasting room, they have opened their micro-winery to visitors where Chuck samples his wines and salsas. The couple plans to open a catering kitchen where Chuck will prepare foods to pair with his wines, including Mexican style street tacos, and a tasting room featuring a 90’ long deck off of the house with views of the vineyard and Blue Ridge Mountains.
Carroll Vineyards Mike Carroll has been selling wines from around the world at The Leesburg Vintner in downtown Leesburg since 1988, making him a reliable source for wine knowledge and advice. Now Mike can add his own line of wines to the Vintner’s shelves with the debut of Carroll Vineyards. The vineyard is located in Paeonian Springs and the wines are made by Loudoun winemaker Lori Corcoran. Currently Carroll Vineyards is producing eight wines – four reds, three whites, and an apple wine. The Leesburg Vintner will continue as a retail shop but will also now be home to the tasting room for Carroll Vineyards.
Leaves of Grass Vineyards Leaves of Grass quietly opened in November, inviting guests to experience their intimate, by-appointment-only tastings.Just outside the village of Aldie, Leaves of Grass boasts excellent views of the Bull Run Mountains from their hillside location. Owners Michael and Natasha Mazo like to focus on each guest, sharing their story, passion, and making friends along the way. Leaves of Grass currently offers five wines, each with a unique theme and label. The award-winning labels feature intricate artwork based around the wine’s theme including Wine for Love (Cabernet Sauvignon), Wine for Thought (Petit Verdot), and Wine for Adventure (Pinot Gris.)