When winter arrives, we’re overcome with an atavistic urge to hibernate. As temperatures keep falling, it’s tempting to just stay indoors, buried under blankets and watch TV from the couch.
But then you’re missing out on the cozy delights of a weekend in DC’s Wine Country®.
We celebrate all four seasons in Loudoun and despite its chilly reputation, winter is no different. The air is crisp and clean, the skies are a cobalt blue and if it snows, the fields and slopes are carpeted in ethereal white. Strange as it may seem, it’s actually a glorious time to visit a winery, particularly since many tasting rooms have crackling fireplaces that will warm you up along with the red wine.
Some suggestions of where to go?
Creek’s Edge Winery in historic Taylorstown has a spacious upper floor tasting room deck that’s popular on summer days but come winter, the lounge-style interior with crackling stone fireplace is the place to be. Open a bottle of the 2017 Foothills Red and throw another log on the fire.
Out in northwest Loudoun, the vaulted ceilings and sumptuous European-style décor of Breaux Vineyards recall a French chateaux or Tuscan villa. The crackling stone fireplace here is the perfect place to sit with a bottle of the winery’s acclaimed 2016 Nebbiolo.
Things don’t get much cozier than The Barns at Hamilton Station Vineyards just off Route 7. The tasting room is a restored 110-year-old stone and timber dairy barn with a vaulted upstairs decorated with antique chandelier, handcrafted wood tables and a massive stone fireplace. Celebrated winemaker Michael Shaps specializes in Bordeaux style blends. Cozy up with a bottle of his 2017 Meritage, winner of the Virginia Governor’s Cup.
In south Loudoun, Cana Vineyards perched on a hillside outside Middleburg, has a stunning timber frame structure known as the Sunset Pavilion, which is lined with couches and lounge chairs and centered by a grand stone fireplace. Soak up those views from the fire while sipping award-winning winemaker Melanie Natoli’s 2017 Unité Reserve red blend.
For a full list of wineries with fireplaces, (and in some cases firepits) see the map and list below.
Before you plan your visit though, you will want to book accommodations, which can be cozy, too.
We love Stone Gables B&B for its distinctly Colorado ski lodge vibe. Tucked in mist-shrouded hills between Leesburg and Middleburg, its stone walls, pine interiors and crackling wood fireplaces keep you warm on winter nights, while the expansive grounds make for great walks and hiking trails. When it snows, it really does look like the Rockies up here.
In Hillsboro, close to the aforementioned Breaux Vineyards, AltaTerra Farm B&B is an expansive three-bedroom guesthouse on the slopes of a working farm with some of the best views in Loudoun. Book the main Shiraz Suite with its steam shower, billiard room, private terrace and stone fireplace.
For easy access to the wineries of Middleburg and Bluemont, look no further than the historic Welbourne Inn. Located on a dirt road outside Willisville, the rustic late 18th century manor house features a music room with baby grand piano and a living room filled with stunning antiques and oil paintings depicting hunt country scenes. There are five upper floor rooms, three with Queen canopy beds, and the parlor room, which is a popular spot for bourbon cocktails in the evening, often with members of the magnificent Morison family who own the place. Magic.
Wineries with Fireplaces
- 8 Chains North Winery
- The Barns at Hamilton Station Vineyards
- Bluemont Vineyard
- Bogati Winery
- Breaux Vineyards
- Cana Vineyards and Winery of Middleburg
- Casanel Vineyards
- Corcoran Vineyards
- Creek's Edge Winery
- Doukenie Winery
- Dry Mill Vineyards & Winery
- Fabbioli Cellars
- Fleetwood Farm Winery
- Hidden Brook Winery
- Hillsborough Vineyards
- Lost Creek Vineyards & Winery
- Otium Cellars
- Quattro Goombas Winery
- Stone Tower Winery
- Walsh Family Wine
- Williams Gap Vineyard
- The Wine Reserve at Waterford
- Zephaniah Farm Vineyards