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Posted at 09:55 AM ET, 08/16/2012

Virginia wine country: Nine reasons to visit now

To use a wine term, a year can dramatically the terroir in Northern Virginia’s wine country.

If you made the trek to Virginia wineries a couple of years ago, you might have sipped a few cab francs, Norton blends and chambourcins, snacked on a baguette and called it a day.

This fall, the countryside will prove even more city-dweller friendly: You now can taste notes of sarsaparilla and roasted barley at a new brewery, hit the wineries by bike and sit for a formal tasting at the former home of a Supreme Court chief justice. And oh, yes, there are “yoga burgers.”

The next few months are prime time for leaf-peepers and wine lovers, as a wash of oranges, yellows and reds sweeps over the landscape and grape-harvest season gets underway.

Plan your trip now with our new guide to wineries (and a brewery!) to visit this fall, and our gallery of scenes from the road, above. And since a full stomach is a good idea for those sipping wine, we’ve also found stops to make along the way, including where to pick apples, grab a farm-to-table burger and stock up on sundries.

For more ideas:

See Virginia wine country revisited: Where to sip this fall

Visit our guide to the “Brew Ridge Trail” of the Charlottesville area.

See more wineries worth a stop on the Going Out Guide.

And find a roundup of Washington-area breweries you can visit (and get a to-go growler).

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