Paradise Springs Winery

This winery boasts that it is the first in Fairfax County, and the closest to DC. While close, as the crow flies, it is a long and winding road to maneuver your way back to this property. Other wineries may actually take less time to get to from the city than this one even if

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Crushing Merlot

This is what a pallet or two of Merlot looks like right after crushing. The skins are still in direct contact with the juice and will remain that way while yeast is added and fermentation occurs. Eventually, the skins will be pressed off and the fermented juice (wine!) will be put in to barrels for

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Leaves of Grass

The drive to this relatively new winery is an easy ride out route 50 past Aldie, but then takes a turn for the worse as you head up the heavily rutted driveway. Owner/operators Mike and Natasha were extremely welcoming and pleasant when we arrived just after the place should have been closing one evening. We

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Ingleside Vineyards

Traveling to the Chesapeake tidewater area you may find yourself tiring of the drive, or ready for a break from the many historic sites such as the birthplaces of George Washington, Robert E. Lee, or James Monroe. If you do, you can hop off the trail and visit a very historic and lovely property called

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Granite Heights

This nice farm outside of Warrenton has either 160 or over 200 acres depending who you believe. I think only 10 of which are under vine. Approaching the renovated farmhouse leads you down a rough gravel drive past some vines up on the hill and a nice large pond which looked like a picturesque spot

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Ten Gallon Hat Winery

Also Right off Rt 1 ‘The Baltimore Pike’ in Chadds Ford is a very new winery. Well, let me call it a tasting room, because there is no winery really, just a small room. This little place was started in December 2013 and offers its’ selections from a very small little outbuilding right next to

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Chaddsford Winery

Right off Rt 1 ‘The Baltimore Pike’ in Chadds Ford is a fairly well established winery. It was established back in the early 80′s and is one of Pennsylvania’s oldest and most well known. Unfortunately for me, they do not grow grapes on site, but instead source them from several other vineyards. I had a

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Sanctuary Vineyards

Welcome to the Outer Banks. It might not be something you think about, but North Carolina is also an up and coming wine producer. All those old tobacco farmers need something to grow that is healthier than cancer sticks – and they are switching in a pretty big way to grapes. A slight surprise to

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612 Vineyard

612 Vineyard is another brand new venue (as of this writing in March 2014). The property is fairly easy to find before you head up a long gravel road through the corn fields to the house and tasting room. The stone is fresh and new at the moment – but it did hit the bottom

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Winding Road Cellars

Winding Road Cellars is brand new (as of this writing in Feb 2014). Located on beautiful Leeds Manor Road, it is a fun drive to get here, and you are near several other good wineries in the heart of Faquier county, so you can make a day of it. The facility itself is brand new

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