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12 Worthy Wineries Just a Short Drive From D.C.

Sip locally-made pours while soaking up epic vineyard views

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The lush, rolling landscape of Delaplane, Virginia is home to RdV Vineyards.
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With fall fast approaching, now is the time to plan a day trip to one of the area’s many treasured wineries to enjoy tours, tastings, local fare, live music, and breathtaking backdrops. These scenic wineries all sit 90 minutes (or much less) from D.C., which means splitting a round-trip Uber is the way to go if there’s no designated driver in the group.

Here are a dozen Virginia and Maryland wineries to visit right now.

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Old Westminster Winery

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Started by three siblings, Maryland’s first winery and outdoor restaurant is a best weekend bet for summer wine flights, brunch, and live music. Reserve a seat on the porch, patio, or under its solar pavilion with beautiful views of the vineyard and tasting room (tables have a three-hour time limit). The brunch menu features scones, baked doughnuts, cocktails, and a wood-fired pizza program that showcases meats, cheeses, and produce from a dozen local farms. Hours are Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday until 7 p.m.

Big Cork Vineyards

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Roughly 60 miles outside of D.C., find Big Cork Vineyards at the end of a winding drive through the hills of Rohrersville, Maryland. Its sleek tasting room features a grab-and-go market with a variety of cheeses, fresh bread, crackers and charcuterie available for purchase (check their Instagram ahead of time for specials like pre-selected cheese boards). Children and dogs are both welcome, and wine tastings are available by appointment only ($16). Big Cork is open Thursday through Monday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended evening hours on Friday.

The Vineyards & Winery at Lost Creek

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Loudoun County’s family-owned boutique winery, nestled on 50 acres of Virginia countryside, is a quick drive from historic Leesburg. Lost Creek chef Chris Evans dresses dishes with herbs and veggies plucked from on-site gardens he carefully cares for. The decade-old standby offers a $75 pairing of four wines with four courses or reserve a seat in its rustic tasting room or ivy-covered patio to enjoy its full food and wine menu. Upcoming fall events include a vintage tasting night and harvest wine dinner.

Windridge Vineyards

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Tucked near the Seneca Creak State Park, this family-owned winery in Darnestown, Maryland features plenty of seating across its expansive outdoor lawn and inside its solar pavilion. Reservations are recommended, but walk-ins are also welcome (visitors are encouraged to bring their own chairs just in case). Windridge is open Wednesday through Sunday, with daily hours varying between 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m, and food trucks on-site most weekends.

Rocklands Farm Winery

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Located a 40-minute drive from D.C., this peaceful paradise in Montgomery County specializes in “low-intervention” — or naturally fermented — wines produced in small batches. There’s a rotating food vendor every Friday night beginning at 5:30 p.m., and local cheeses, meats, and snacks always available for purchase. Outside food is allowed, too. Walk-in wine tastings are $25 per person.

Stone Tower Winery

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Stone Tower Winery, open Thursday through Monday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., features three different tiers of tours and tastings. Take a 30-minute walk with a glass of sparkling wine on the Cellar Tour, graze a charcuterie board during the “Signature Experience” ($75 per person), or ride on a golf cart to soak up the scenic setting as part of the “Estate Experience” ($125 per person).

Greenhill Winery & Vineyards

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Make your way to Middleburg, Virginia for an afternoon at this upscale, adults-only winery. Select bottles are available by the glass, as well as part of a $20 wine tasting. Got an appetite? There are several charcuterie plates to choose from, including a French version with brie, cornichon pickles, and honey. Plenty of outdoor seating is available on the front lawn, and there are limited tables available in the indoor tasting room; reservations are recommended.

RdV Vineyards

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Stepping foot onto this revered Virginia winery comes with a price tag. The “RdV Experience” ($120 per person) includes an intimate, guided tour through the luxe cellars, culminating in a wine tasting paired with charcuterie and cheese. RdV produces two award-wining, limited red wines that top D.C. restaurants fight over year after year: the “Lost Mountain,” a cabernet sauvignon, and “Rendezvous,” a blend of cabernet, cabernet franc, and merlot.

Fox Meadow Winery

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Watch the sunset over the Blue Ridge Mountains at this small farm winery in Linden, Virginia. Fox Meadow is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. Weekend reservations are recommended to secure a tasting and/or deck seating, but walk-ins are welcome to sit at the first-come, first-serve picnic area. The $15-per-person, self-guided wine flights currently includes options like its 2021 Le Renard Gris, 2021 Blue Mountain Mists, 2021 rosé, and 2020 Meritage.

Three Fox Vineyards & Farm Brewery

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Cozy up with a glass of wine or pint of beer at either of the dual fireplaces located inside Three Fox’s spacious tasting room. Three bars — two indoors and one outside — offer plenty of opportunities to imbibe. Feeling curious? Try the Sparkling Seyval, described as a hybrid between beer and wine with hints of oranges, gooseberry, and thyme.

Barrel Oak Winery and Farm Taphouse

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More of a beer person? No problem. Barrel Oak brews a rotating selection of craft brews, ranging from a Kölsch pale ale to a French Saison to yes, a hard seltzer with notes of apple and ginger. The winery and tap house has indoor, patio and outdoor picnic areas open all week long, from noon to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday, plus extended hours on the weekends. On Saturdays and Sundays, Barrel Oak serves wood-fired pizzas and a selection of raw and grilled Nomini Bay oysters, with a rotating food truck parked on-site on Fridays.

The Winery at Bull Run

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This decade-old Centreville stalwart claims to be the “closest winery to Washington, D.C.,” situated in the heart of historic Manassas National Battlefield Park. Reservations guarantee a table for up to three hours, but walk-ins are welcome for parties of 12 and under.

Old Westminster Winery

Started by three siblings, Maryland’s first winery and outdoor restaurant is a best weekend bet for summer wine flights, brunch, and live music. Reserve a seat on the porch, patio, or under its solar pavilion with beautiful views of the vineyard and tasting room (tables have a three-hour time limit). The brunch menu features scones, baked doughnuts, cocktails, and a wood-fired pizza program that showcases meats, cheeses, and produce from a dozen local farms. Hours are Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday until 7 p.m.

Big Cork Vineyards

Roughly 60 miles outside of D.C., find Big Cork Vineyards at the end of a winding drive through the hills of Rohrersville, Maryland. Its sleek tasting room features a grab-and-go market with a variety of cheeses, fresh bread, crackers and charcuterie available for purchase (check their Instagram ahead of time for specials like pre-selected cheese boards). Children and dogs are both welcome, and wine tastings are available by appointment only ($16). Big Cork is open Thursday through Monday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., with extended evening hours on Friday.

The Vineyards & Winery at Lost Creek

Loudoun County’s family-owned boutique winery, nestled on 50 acres of Virginia countryside, is a quick drive from historic Leesburg. Lost Creek chef Chris Evans dresses dishes with herbs and veggies plucked from on-site gardens he carefully cares for. The decade-old standby offers a $75 pairing of four wines with four courses or reserve a seat in its rustic tasting room or ivy-covered patio to enjoy its full food and wine menu. Upcoming fall events include a vintage tasting night and harvest wine dinner.

Windridge Vineyards

Tucked near the Seneca Creak State Park, this family-owned winery in Darnestown, Maryland features plenty of seating across its expansive outdoor lawn and inside its solar pavilion. Reservations are recommended, but walk-ins are also welcome (visitors are encouraged to bring their own chairs just in case). Windridge is open Wednesday through Sunday, with daily hours varying between 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m, and food trucks on-site most weekends.

Rocklands Farm Winery

Located a 40-minute drive from D.C., this peaceful paradise in Montgomery County specializes in “low-intervention” — or naturally fermented — wines produced in small batches. There’s a rotating food vendor every Friday night beginning at 5:30 p.m., and local cheeses, meats, and snacks always available for purchase. Outside food is allowed, too. Walk-in wine tastings are $25 per person.

Stone Tower Winery

Stone Tower Winery, open Thursday through Monday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., features three different tiers of tours and tastings. Take a 30-minute walk with a glass of sparkling wine on the Cellar Tour, graze a charcuterie board during the “Signature Experience” ($75 per person), or ride on a golf cart to soak up the scenic setting as part of the “Estate Experience” ($125 per person).

Greenhill Winery & Vineyards

Make your way to Middleburg, Virginia for an afternoon at this upscale, adults-only winery. Select bottles are available by the glass, as well as part of a $20 wine tasting. Got an appetite? There are several charcuterie plates to choose from, including a French version with brie, cornichon pickles, and honey. Plenty of outdoor seating is available on the front lawn, and there are limited tables available in the indoor tasting room; reservations are recommended.

RdV Vineyards

Stepping foot onto this revered Virginia winery comes with a price tag. The “RdV Experience” ($120 per person) includes an intimate, guided tour through the luxe cellars, culminating in a wine tasting paired with charcuterie and cheese. RdV produces two award-wining, limited red wines that top D.C. restaurants fight over year after year: the “Lost Mountain,” a cabernet sauvignon, and “Rendezvous,” a blend of cabernet, cabernet franc, and merlot.

Fox Meadow Winery

Watch the sunset over the Blue Ridge Mountains at this small farm winery in Linden, Virginia. Fox Meadow is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. Weekend reservations are recommended to secure a tasting and/or deck seating, but walk-ins are welcome to sit at the first-come, first-serve picnic area. The $15-per-person, self-guided wine flights currently includes options like its 2021 Le Renard Gris, 2021 Blue Mountain Mists, 2021 rosé, and 2020 Meritage.

Three Fox Vineyards & Farm Brewery

Cozy up with a glass of wine or pint of beer at either of the dual fireplaces located inside Three Fox’s spacious tasting room. Three bars — two indoors and one outside — offer plenty of opportunities to imbibe. Feeling curious? Try the Sparkling Seyval, described as a hybrid between beer and wine with hints of oranges, gooseberry, and thyme.

Barrel Oak Winery and Farm Taphouse

More of a beer person? No problem. Barrel Oak brews a rotating selection of craft brews, ranging from a Kölsch pale ale to a French Saison to yes, a hard seltzer with notes of apple and ginger. The winery and tap house has indoor, patio and outdoor picnic areas open all week long, from noon to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday, plus extended hours on the weekends. On Saturdays and Sundays, Barrel Oak serves wood-fired pizzas and a selection of raw and grilled Nomini Bay oysters, with a rotating food truck parked on-site on Fridays.

The Winery at Bull Run

This decade-old Centreville stalwart claims to be the “closest winery to Washington, D.C.,” situated in the heart of historic Manassas National Battlefield Park. Reservations guarantee a table for up to three hours, but walk-ins are welcome for parties of 12 and under.

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