Two newcomers to the Loudoun wine scene have brought the county’s total number of wineries and tasting rooms to thirty-nine. At opposite ends of the county and with two different styles, both are worthy of a visit during your next tour of DC’s Wine Country.
Just outside of Middleburg in southern Loudoun, Greenhill Vineyards & Winery recently opened after extensive renovations to the property that was formerly home to Swedenburg Winery. Under winemaker Sebastien Marquet, Greenhill’s first releases include a sparkling Blanc de Blancs, Vidal Blanc, Syrah, and Philosophy, a Bordeaux style blend. Experience the properties’ scenic views of the Bull Run Mountains from their rustically elegant tasting room, on the expansive patio and lawn, or if you opt to become a club member, from the private tasting house featuring three themed tasting rooms within the estate’s circa 1762 manor house.
In the northwest corner of Loudoun, Maggie Malick Wine Caves recently opened, joining the Loudoun Heights Cluster. While winemaker Maggie Malick oversees the wine production, her husband, Mark, manages the daily operations of the tasting room. Located at the base of the Short Hill Mountains, the 215 acre property features rolling hills and ponds and now, the man-made cave that currently houses the winery’s tasting room and production facility. Maggie Malick offers an extensive lineup of estate grown wines and a light fare menu of wine friendly foods, perfect for an afternoon picnic on the terrace among the autumnal views of the vineyards and mountains.