Owners Lori and Jim Corcoran have an entrepreneurial spirit, and like many before them, they moved to Loudoun for the quality of life it promised their family. They bought 120 acres with Jim’s siblings and established a farm with cattle, sheep, goats, and chickens, and Lori planted a large garden. In 2001, they found themselves amidst a booming wine region and decided to plant grapes. Lori took winemaking classes and Jim transferred his research and development expertise from the high tech industry to winery operations. And as they say, the rest is history.
Today, Lori is an award-winning winemaker, but she believes the wine is truly made in the vineyard, which is Jim’s domain. Corcoran Vineyards is intentionally a boutique facility, producing up to 3,000 cases each year, which allows them to have control over all aspects of the process.
The Corcorans are engaging conversationalists and invite you into their quaint 1750s restored log cabin tasting room as if they’re welcoming you into their family room. If you are new to wine tasting, time your visit to participate in one of their sensory classes to learn how to decipher what you smell and taste in a wine. Corcoran also offers Aroma tastings in the Herb Garden, during the summer months, where renowned wine-maker Lori Corcoran pairs different wines with different herbs bringing out the layers and flavors in wine. It's the most fun you can have wine-tasting.
Outside the tasting room, guests enjoy Corcoran wine at the picnic area overlooking the tranquil tree-lined pond.