Virginia wines: Where to taste the top

November 22, 2013

Crowds sample Virginia wines at the AT&T Town Point Virginia Wine Festival held in Town Point Park in October. The festival, now in its 26th year, features more than 30 Virginia wineries. (Logan Mock-Bunting/For The Washington Post)

More than 230 wineries are open for tours and tastings in Virginia. Some of the best, according to Jay Youmans, educational director of the Capital Wine School:

Barboursville Vineyards: Tastings 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sundays. $5. Free tours Saturday and Sunday noon-4 p.m.; $65 Thanksgiving feast; reservations required. 17655 Winery Rd., Barboursville. 540-832-3824. www.barboursvillewine.net.

Breaux Vineyards: Tastings 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily until Dec. 1, then 11 a.m.-5 p.m. $10; tours $3.36888 Breaux Vineyards Lane, Purcellville. 800-492-9961. www.breauxvineyards.com.


Ed Kondis admires the color of a rosette wine while bringing a glass to his wife, Alice Kondis (in blue), at a dinner at Delaplane Cellars. (Logan Mock-Bunting/Logan Mock-Bunting)

Delaplane Cellars: Tastings 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday-Monday until Dec. 1; then 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday. $6, $8. 2187 Winchester Rd., Delaplane. 540-592-7210. www.delaplanecellars.com.


Visitors taste the wine and enjoy the surroundings at Glen Manor Vineyards. (Logan Mock-Bunting/For The Washington Post)

Glen Manor Vineyards: Tastings 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sundays (April-November); 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sundays (December-March ). $4-$7. 2244 Browntown Rd., Front Royal. 540-635-6324. www.glenmanorvineyards.com.

Jefferson Vineyards: Tastings and tours 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. $10. 1353 Thomas Jefferson Pkwy., Charlottesville. 434-977-3042. www.jeffersonvineyards.com.

Keswick Vineyards: Tastings 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily (to 6 p.m. Fridays, May-October). $10. 1575 Keswick Winery Dr., Keswick. 434-244-3341. www.keswickvineyards.com.

King Family Vineyards: Open 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily (last tasting at 5). $7. Tours by appointment. Exhibit of art by Ben West until Dec. 31. 6550 Roseland Farm, Crozet. 434-823-7800. www.kingfamilyvineyards.com.

Linden Vineyards: Tastings
11 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday (April-November); 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday (December-March). $5, $20 (special reserve cellar tasting). Tours 11 a.m. Saturday-Sunday. 3708 Harrels Corner Rd., Linden. 540-364-1997. www.lindenvineyards.com.

Philip Carter Winery: Tastings
11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily (to 6 p.m. on Saturdays). $8.4366 Stillhouse Rd., Hume. 540-364-1203. www.pcwinery.com.

Pollak Vineyards: Tastings
11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. $8.
330 Newtown Rd., Greenwood.
540-456-8844. www.pollakvineyards.com.

Potomac Point Vineyard & Winery: Tastings 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday-Thursday (closed Tuesdays), Fridays 11 a.m.-10 p.m. with live music, Saturdays 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m. $5, $10. 275 Decatur Rd., Stafford. 540-446-2266. www.potomacpointwinery.com.

Rappahannock Cellars: Tastings 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday-Friday; 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays. $8. Tours with reservations $12.50. 14437 Hume Rd., Huntly.
540-635-9398. www.rappahannockcellars.com.


Jean-Philippe Roby, one of RdV's artisans, gives lessons to one of the participants in RdV Vineyard's sommelier meeting and tasting. (Logan Mock-Bunting/For The Washington Post)

RdV Vineyards: Tuesday-Saturday; by appointment only. $40. 2550 Delaplane Grade Rd.,Delaplane. 540-364-0221. www.rdvvineyards.com.

Sunset Hills Vineyard: Tastings noon-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, noon-6 p.m. Fridays and weekends. $15-$20. 38295 Fremont Overlook Lane, Purcellville. 540-882-4560. www.sunsethillsvineyard.com.

Tarara Winery: Tastings 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday. $10. 13648 Tarara Lane, Leesburg. 703-771-7100. www.tarara.com.

Trump Winery: Tastings 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily. $8. Live music 6-8 p.m. third Thursdays. 3550 Blenheim Rd., Charlottesville.
434-984-4855.www.trumpwinery.com.

Veritas Vineyard & Winery: Tastings 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. $5. Tours by reservations. 151 Veritas Lane, Afton. 540-456-8000. www.veritas.com.

Virginia Wineworks: Tastings 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily. $10. 1781 Harris Creek Way, Charlottesville. 434-296-3438. www.virginiawineworks.com.

Most are closed holidays unless noted. Check Web sites for hours, changes, group limits and other information.

Sources: Winery Web sites

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