Minutes away from Washington D.C., northern Virginia is home to more than fifty wineries and vineyards. American history is in every direction. Pre-revolution era, Civil War era to modern times, touring the wine region will give travelers a glimpse of touring American history. Many wineries are doing their part in prserving history. The Winery at La Grange tasting room is constructed in a house dating from the mid-1700s. The property was named by Lafayette. Zephaniah Farm Vineyards tasting room is in a house built in 1830. Vint Hill Craft Winery is in an old barn. In that barn during World War II, United States military personelle cracked the code that led to the finding of the Japaneese fleet in the Pacific.
Rolling hills and soils of eroded granite and limestone create environments for grape growing. The moderate growing season is well suited for winegrapes.
Many grape varieties are grown in Northern Virginia vineyards, Common varieties include: Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Seyval Blanc, Vidal Blanc, Traminette, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chambourcin, Merlot, Norton, Petit Verdot, and Zinfandel.
Virginia has six designated American Viticulture Areas. None of these AVA’s is located in Northern Virginia region.
Northern Virginia is home to five wine trails.
Artisanal Wineries of Rappahannock County has five member wineries that hand craft small lots of wine.
Blue Ridge Wine Way features eight wineries and vineyards.
Fauquier County Wine Trail has sixteen winery/vineyard members.
Travelers can visit 23 participating wineries along the Loudoun Wine Trail.
The General's Wine and History Trail ties together ten wineries with Virginia’s historical heritage.
Visit these Virginia wineries and wine tour groups that partner with Wine Trail Traveler.