When winter first takes hold, some deep instinct to retreat to a near state of hibernation rouses itself within me. With the cold temperatures creeping further down, it’s easy to want to stay indoors, buried under blankets on the couch, watching television. But here in Virginia, the winters are relatively brief and mild. We celebrate all of our seasons and in spite of its chilly reputation, winter should be no different.  The air is crisp and clean. From the right perspective (say Bluemont Vineyard’s tasting room elevated at 951 feet), you can take in Loudoun’s scenic views for miles and miles. And while there’s no evident life in the vineyards, Loudoun’s wineries are far from a state of hibernation. Wines are aging, being blended, or prepared for bottling. The tasting rooms are open for business and offering a variety of ways to enjoy their wines - vertical tastings, food and wine pairings, weekend soup specials.  But as I watch the snow falling outside my window now what sounds best to me is sipping a glass of red wine next to the fireplace. Fortunately, there’s a winery for that!

The fireplace at North Gate Vineyards

Loudoun Wineries with Fireplaces


Did we miss one of your favorite tasting rooms that feature a fireplace? Leave a comment and let us know! Stay tuned for part two of our Winter in Wine Country series – winter food and wine pairings.