Great news, wine-loving pals. After a sleepy, snowy winter, the vines in DC’s Wine Country are all waking up again! The buds are on their way, and our vines are about to be poppin’ with grapes.

That’s right — spring is officially here, which means it’s prime time for everyone’s favorite hobby: vineyard visits. The delightful temperatures that accompany the coming months create the perfect climate for days spent enjoying the fair weather with your friends. With over 40 vineyards and tasting rooms in DC’s Wine Country, you might be wondering where to head first! 

Though we couldn’t possibly pick favorites, award-winning wineries are objectively a pretty great place to start. We’re very proud to announce that 18 of Loudoun’s wineries recently received medals in the 2019 Virginia Governor's Cup, one of the toughest wine competitions in the country. Eighteen world-class judges sampled over 500 of the best Virginia wines from 100 Virginia wineries to determine the best of the best, based on appearance, aroma, flavor, overall quality and commercial sustainability. So, you can trust that each of our winning vineyards is the real deal! 

Check out the full list of our winners below, along with some pics that we hope will inspire a little winery wanderlust for the warmer weather! Happy spring, happy sipping, and bring on the vineyard vibes ~

Doukénie Winery - 8 medals

Sunset Hills Vineyard - 6 medals

The Barns at Hamilton Station - 6 medals

Zephaniah Farm Vineyard - 6 medals

Casanel Vineyards & Winery - 5 medals

Lost Creek Winery - 5 medals

50 West Vineyards - 1 medal

Bluemont Vineyard - 2 medals

Boxwood Estate Winery - 1 medal 

Cana Vineyards & Winery of Middleburg - 3 medals

Creek’s Edge Winery - 4 medals

Fabbioli Cellars - 4 medals

Greenhill Winery and Vineyards - 2 medals

Hillsborough Winery, Brewery & Vineyard - 3 medals

Maggie Malick Wine Caves - 3 medals

Two Twisted Posts Winery - 3 medals

Willowcroft Farm Vineyards - 4 medals

Winery 32 - 3 medals