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Wineries Worth the Drive, According to Eater Readers

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Last week's Open Thread asked readers to talk about wineries worth the drive. Turns out there are plenty of stellar places in Maryland and Virginia for wine fans to visit this summer. This map highlights those wineries which received nods from multiple readers.

Other favorites mentioned by at least one person; Loew Vineards, DuCard Vineyards, Stags Leap Winery, Glen Manor Vineyards, Bluemont Vineyard, Hillsborough Vineyard, Delaplane Cellars, Philip Carter Winery of Virginia, Jefferson Vineyeards, Quattro Goomba Winery, Barrel Oak Winery, Breaux Vineyards, Boxwood Winery, Tarara Winery, Willowcroft Farm Vineyards, Boordy Vineyards, Old Westminster Winery, Pearmund Cellars, Sunset Hills Vineyard, Ingleside Vinyeards, Pollak Vineyards. Ok, get drinking.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. RdV Vineyards

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2550 Delaplane Grade Road
Delaplane, VA 20144
(540) 364-0221
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RdV received the most acclaim from readers in the comments and the tipline. One reader recommends the "brown bag" blind tasting as the "single best wine experience one can have in Virginia, probably the entire East Coast." The winery is known for its Bordeaux-style wines.

2. Barboursville Vineyards

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17655 Winery Road
Barboursville, VA 22923
(540) 832-3824
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Barboursville is praised for its restaurant, its setting (with ruins on the grounds) and its famous Octagon blend.

3. Linden Vineyards

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3708 Harrels Corner Rd
Linden, VA 22642
The small Linden winery is one of Virginia's oldest, with three vineyards. It caters to serious wine drinkers.

4. Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard

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18125 Comus Road
Dickerson, MD 20842
(301) 605-0130
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Sugarloaf provides a nice setting for mountain hiking and picnicking.

5. Black Ankle Vineyards

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14463 Black Ankle Road
Mount Airy, MD 21771
(301) 829-3338
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Many say Black Ankle's wines are among the best in Maryland. Their wines are praised by readers for their maturity.

6. Valerie Hill Vineyard & Winery

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1687 Marlboro Road
Stephens City, VA 22655
(540) 869-9567
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This farm winery is a new addition to the area it's been in the works for two years.

7. Veritas Vineyard and Winery

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145 Saddleback Farm
Afton, VA 22920
(540) 456-8000
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This family-run winery is known for its Chardonnay, Viognier, and Cabernet Franc.

8. Fabbioli Cellars

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15669 Limestone School Road
Leesburg, VA 20176
(703) 771-1197
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Fabbioli boasts several dessert wines, and a tasting experience that pairs wine with cheese or chocolate.

9. Chrysalis Vineyards

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23876 Champe Ford Rd
Middleburg, VA 20117
(540) 687-8222
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Middleburg's Chrysalis is a popular tourist destination, with wines from Virginia-friendly grapes such as the Norton.

10. Paradise Springs Winery

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13219 Yates Ford Road
Clifton, VA 20124
(703) 830-9463
One of the closest wineries to D.C., this winery offers tastings and wine dinners.

11. King Family Vineyards

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6550 Roseland Farm
Crozet, VA 22932
(434) 823-7800
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This boutique winery specializes in wines with almost 100 percent estate-grown fruit. Its fireplace and patio are popular gathering places for tourists.

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1. RdV Vineyards

2550 Delaplane Grade Road, Delaplane, VA 20144
RdV received the most acclaim from readers in the comments and the tipline. One reader recommends the "brown bag" blind tasting as the "single best wine experience one can have in Virginia, probably the entire East Coast." The winery is known for its Bordeaux-style wines.
2550 Delaplane Grade Road
Delaplane, VA 20144

2. Barboursville Vineyards

17655 Winery Road, Barboursville, VA 22923
Barboursville is praised for its restaurant, its setting (with ruins on the grounds) and its famous Octagon blend.
17655 Winery Road
Barboursville, VA 22923

3. Linden Vineyards

3708 Harrels Corner Rd, Linden, VA 22642
The small Linden winery is one of Virginia's oldest, with three vineyards. It caters to serious wine drinkers.
3708 Harrels Corner Rd
Linden, VA 22642

4. Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard

18125 Comus Road, Dickerson, MD 20842
Sugarloaf provides a nice setting for mountain hiking and picnicking.
18125 Comus Road
Dickerson, MD 20842

5. Black Ankle Vineyards

14463 Black Ankle Road, Mount Airy, MD 21771
Many say Black Ankle's wines are among the best in Maryland. Their wines are praised by readers for their maturity.
14463 Black Ankle Road
Mount Airy, MD 21771

6. Valerie Hill Vineyard & Winery

1687 Marlboro Road, Stephens City, VA 22655
This farm winery is a new addition to the area it's been in the works for two years.
1687 Marlboro Road
Stephens City, VA 22655

7. Veritas Vineyard and Winery

145 Saddleback Farm, Afton, VA 22920
This family-run winery is known for its Chardonnay, Viognier, and Cabernet Franc.
145 Saddleback Farm
Afton, VA 22920

8. Fabbioli Cellars

15669 Limestone School Road, Leesburg, VA 20176
Fabbioli boasts several dessert wines, and a tasting experience that pairs wine with cheese or chocolate.
15669 Limestone School Road
Leesburg, VA 20176

9. Chrysalis Vineyards

23876 Champe Ford Rd, Middleburg, VA 20117
Middleburg's Chrysalis is a popular tourist destination, with wines from Virginia-friendly grapes such as the Norton.
23876 Champe Ford Rd
Middleburg, VA 20117

10. Paradise Springs Winery

13219 Yates Ford Road, Clifton, VA 20124
One of the closest wineries to D.C., this winery offers tastings and wine dinners.
13219 Yates Ford Road
Clifton, VA 20124

11. King Family Vineyards

6550 Roseland Farm, Crozet, VA 22932
This boutique winery specializes in wines with almost 100 percent estate-grown fruit. Its fireplace and patio are popular gathering places for tourists.
6550 Roseland Farm
Crozet, VA 22932

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