Two new wineries have recently opened in Loudoun, bringing the total number of wineries and tasting rooms in the county to 33! And between us, there's several more new wineries in the works! We recently visited the two new members of the DC's Wine Country family, starting with -
Goose Creek Farms & Winery If you've visited 8 Chains North in the Waterford Cluster you may already be familiar with the wines of Goose Creek Farms & Winery's Otium Cellars label. 8 Chains North winemaker Ben Renshaw has been working with Gerhard Bauer, owner of Goose Creek Farms & Winery, to produce and sell the wines of Otium Cellars while Mr. Bauer's winery was being built. A German native, Herr Bauer has brought a taste of home to Loudoun with the introduction of Dornfelder and Blaufrankisch varietals, something new to many palates, amateur and connoisseur alike.
The smell of freshly sawn pine lingers in the air in the newly constructed cabin style tasting room at Goose Creek Farms & Winery. The tasting room sits atop a hill overlooking the farm which is also home to a private equestiran facility raising world class Hanoverians. One wall of the tasting room is lined with glass pocket doors which when opened let in the fresh air and occasional live music performance from the patio. A fireplace is centered in the middle of the tasting room, lined with seating allowing you to cozy up to its warmth in the cooler months. Goose Creek is certainly designed to entertain visitors year round!
868 Estate Vineyards Loudoun's first combined restaurant and winery has arrived! You should already be familiar with Grandale Restaurant, a Loudoun Destination Restaurant located on a historic working farm in western Loudoun. In addition to growing 80% of the product featured on the restaurant's menu, Grandale Farm will soon be able to add wine to its list of farm products. A 10 acre vineyard has been planted and will begin producing in a few years. In the meanwhile 868 Estate Vineyards is featuring wines produced by their winemaker Carl Dimanno under his Revolution label as well as wines from Church Creek, located on Virginia's Eastern Shore.
868 Estate Vineyards' contemporary tasting room is just steps away from the Grandale dining room. Visitors to 868 Estate Vineyards can enjoy their wines in the dining room of Grandale Restaurant, in the tasting room, or on the pebbled patio overlooking the vast property. Likewise, a limited menu from Grandale Restaurant will be available in the tasting room.
So get out this weekend and check out the two newest additions to DC's Wine Country! Do it now and you'll be ready to visit the next two or three wineries scheduled to open in the next few months. Also, don't forget to get your passports stamped while you're out visiting the wineries. There's only a month left to complete your passport with five stamps from participating Loudoun wineries in order to register to win a weekend getaway to the Red Fox Inn in Middleburg.