Just 25 miles from Washington, DC, Loudoun - home to more than 50 wineries and tasting rooms - is a gorgeous world of vine-covered hills and trellis-crossed river valleys, the views as sumptuous as the unique varietals and blends. Chardonnay, Viognier, Petit Manseng and French-style Bordeaux thrive, but so do Spanish Albariño, Nebbiolo reminiscent of Italy’s Piedmont and Norton - the Virginia grape.
But you come to DC’s Wine Country® for more than tastings and tours. Unique experiences include talks, classes, harvest dinners, grape stomping, spa treatments, yoga classes and music in the vines. Along with such fertile soil comes superb farm-to-table fare, including local cheeses and charcuterie to pair with vintages. Look out for frequent appearances by guest chefs.
As for getting there, leave the driving to the experts. Several local companies offer guided winery tours, custom-making itineraries according to your tastes. And if the bacchanal gets too much, check into a boutique bed and breakfast and wake up to the best vineyard views this side of Tuscany.