We are constantly getting asked by friends and fellow wine lovers which local wineries can offer the best views from their tasting room. Although most of the Northern VA wineries can’t compete with the views you’ll find in Charlottesville (they simply have more land and are deeper in the mountains), there are several that have gorgeous views to accompany their delicious wines. Naturally, the further away from the city you drive the more land most wineries will have. For the purposes of this post though and in the spirit of keeping things local, we will focus on our favorite views at wineries within one hour of Fairfax, VA. Most of these are located either further out west in Delaplane, or west of Leesburg. And the winners are….
1. Bluemont Vineyard: Although we’re not huge fans of their tasting room or their wine (they have a lot of sweeter wines and we prefer the dry, full-bodied babies), the view at Bluemont is pretty great. Rumor has it that on a clear day you can even see the Washington Monument (we’ve been there a few times and even once on a clear day, no luck seeing it– must be an urban legend). You can however see the beautiful view of the valley below and the countryside of VA. The tasting room is located in Bluemont, VA and at an elevation of 951 feet giving it it’s gorgeous view! The vineyard has been around for a while and we’d recommend going on a nice day so you can sit outside and enjoy the view– the inside is small and can get a bit cramped. They are dog-friendly and usually have live music on the weekends, PLUS, this is one of the wineries featured in the Tuskies Wine Trail Map which gives you a buy one, get one free tasting coupon (more money for glasses & bottles, duh). Make sure you pick one of these maps up– they are awesome. Lots of $$$ saving coupons at the local wineries. We grabbed ours from The Barns at Hamilton Station, but we’re 99% positive you can get them at the Tuscarora Mill Restaurant in Leesburg. YOU NEED ONE OF THESE.
3. Winery 32: This newer winery in Leesburg is down the road from another favorite, Fabbioli, and boasts great views and an ALPACA farm… What?! Yes, alpaca’s, cute little things. They also have a little lake on the property and when we visited a few weeks ago we got a great view of the fall colors in the surrounding mountains. The view is much prettier from the outside deck, but their tasting room also has large windows and lots of natural light so it would be nice in the cooler weather as well. The other great thing about this place that sets it apart from the other wineries are their wine bottle labels. The owner’s daughter is a graphic designer and has designed all of the labels for their wines. They are colorful, vibrant, and reflect the story behind all of the wines. It’s a nice touch and something different from most of other local wineries.