October is Virginia Wine Month!
And since Loudoun County has 42 wineries and tasting rooms (more than any other county in the Commonwealth!), we're basically your headquarters for all things wine. Just pick a day, grab your friends and follow the wine signs throughout Loudoun County. Whether you’re looking for a boutique wine tasting, food pairings or expansive vineyard views, DC’s Wine Country offers experiences for everyone to enjoy.
Check out our list of five ways to make the most of #VAWineMonth, and squeeze in as many vineyard visits as possible this October:
Explore the Vines
Expect to experience the beauty of autumn when you visit Loudoun during harvest season. Fall foliage reaches its peak in October, which includes vines just as much as trees! Step into the vines and capture their vibrant colors on your next vineyard visit with #DCsWineCountry. And, since so many of Loudoun’s vineyards feature live local musicians, these vineyard explorations are often set to the tune of sweet songs floating through the vines — could that sound any dreamier?
Taste your Way through a Flight
Why be a “red wine person” or “white wine person” when you can be both?! From Petit Verdot to Viognier, embrace variety and order a wine tasting for a budget-friendly way to experience the full spectrum of Loudoun wines offered throughout the county. Sip through your flight and let your spirit soar as you revel in the splendor of fall!
Bring your Dog
While most wineries in Loudoun are kid-friendly, many are also pet-friendly — if not inside tasting rooms themselves, then at least in outdoor seating areas. 8 Chains North Winery even accommodates pups with its very own fully-fenced off-leash dog park, equipped with seating and shade so that your furry pal can enjoy the crisp fall air and gentle autumn sun with you in DC’s Wine Country. So, leash up Fido and get yourself some vino for the ideal day trip to Virginia countryside with the whole family!
Wine and Food Pairings
Swirl, sip and savor the unforgettable flavors of DC’s Wine Country with one of the many expertly-paired food and wine offerings found in several Loudoun tasting rooms and restaurants! Whether you choose chef-prepared cuisine at Winery 32, have a homemade pizza at Bluemont Vineyard, dig into a seasonal dish at The Vineyards & Winery at Lost Creek or treat yourself to a Halloween candy pairing at Fabbioli Cellars, you’ll love how our county’s inventive eats taste alongside Loudoun wine. Expand your palate with scrumptious seasonal meals and light local bites curated by our wine experts and enjoy the tastiest Virginia Wine Month to date!
Bring Home a Bottle!
When it comes down to it, there are three simple steps to truly enjoy #VAWineMonth in DC’s Wine Country: sit back at a vineyard, tip back your glass and bring back a bottle to keep the good times flowing at home. Need help deciding which delicious DC’s Wine Country vintages to take home? Check out our Virginia Governor’s Cup medalists, and stay tuned for the 2019 Loudoun Wine Awards winners, too! (Be the first to know by attending the Loudoun Wine Awards Dinner — tickets are on sale now!)
Virginia Wine Month Events
Harvest season is full of events, celebrations and festivals at Loudoun wineries! Browse through this preview of ideal autumn outings, and make sure to check our events calendar throughout October as more fun pops up. Share all your vineyard adventures with us by using #DCsWineCountry and #VAWineMonth!