Wine Tasting in Front Royal


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  • Rappahannock Cellars
    Vintage Piedmont unites a grandiose group of family wineries, each cozily sprawled within a 15-mile distance of the others. Ernest oenophiles can mosey among them at their own pace, ensuring no one exhausts their seeing-eye elephant. Barrel Oak Winery boasts a pastoral setting, 20 acres of vines, and a BowHaus white that blends vidal blanc, sauvignon, viognier, and more for a bright flavor ($24). At Philip Carter Winery, the 2009 chardonnay intermixes lemon zest, a vanilla bouquet, and pear notes ($24). Desert Rose Ranch & Winery sustains an unpretentious atmosphere, unlike snobbish grape groups for third cousins of royalty. Varietals include the Hitch Hollow chardonnay aged in French oak barrels, or the Sparky, a European-style ros?. Rappahannock Cellars and Hume Vineyards regale taste buds with delectable drinks from locally grown grapes. At each libation station, take home two commemorative wine glasses and receive 10% off bottles of wine.
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    14437 Hume Rd
    Huntly, VA US
  • Barrel Oak Winery
    ?If you could see yourself doing something else, what would it be?" It was 2004 when Brian Roeder asked his wife, Sharon, that question. Two years later, the answer came when the two planted the very first vine on the Delaplane farmstead, starting what would become Barrel Oak Winery. That initial vine multiplied and grew into a 26-acre vineyard full of American and French hybrids, which the winemakers use to make their wines, everything from seyval blancs to cabernet francs.?The Roeders and their team have since gone on to win hundreds of awards. Wine Enthusiast even named it one of the Six Top Family-Friendly Wineries in the world because there's something to do for pretty much everyone. With the Piedmont countryside as their backdrop, families taste wine (kids sip juice), tour the production area, listen to music out on the patio, stroll across the grounds, and unpack picnics brought from home. There's a place for dogs, too, who are welcome at the winery as long as they stay on their leashes and promise not to brag about their superior ability to sniff out flavor notes. Barrel Oak Winery actually has its own pup on staff?Birch. And many of its wines even have canine-inspired labels and names; two popular varieties include Chocolate Lab and BOWhaus White.
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    3623 Grove Lane
    Delaplane, VA US
  • Little Washington Winery
    For Little Washington Winery, location is key. Their perch sits on the edge of Shenandoah National Park, where the mountains scatter the spring winds to fend off frost and other vine-killing maladies. The open air catches ample light for the vineyard's growing fruits, and, perhaps just as importantly, grants a panoramic view of the forests ahead. It is on this lush land that Little Washington Winery cultivates the majority of its ingredients, sourcing others as necessary from their Virginian neighbors. Virginia Wine Lover recently crowned the vintners with top rankings for their red and white wines, as well as naming the vineyard a premiere destination for picnics due to its surrounding scenery and bounty of naturally occurring checker-print blankets. Inside the tasting room, which is equal parts cabin and art gallery, guests listen attentively as experts walk them through enjoying a curated selection of wines. If guests wish to explore the world of vino even further, they can join the Dirt Road Wine Club, which offers tastes from boutique vintners around the globe.
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    72 Christmas Tree Lane
    Washington, VA US
  • Blue Valley Vineyard and Winery
    Trace the Zissios family's ancestry back a generation or two, and you'll find their roots in Macedonia. It's one of Greece's, and the world's, oldest wine-making regions, and it shows in the area's local traditions. After the fall harvest, for instance, communities would come together to stomp the grapes, creating a spontaneous and effective human wine press. Today, the Zissios clan strives to bring the joy of old-world wine making to their Virigina winery. Their playfulness certainly shines through in the wines of Blue Valley Vineyard and Winery. These inventive vinos include a barrel-fermented chardonnay with notes of apple and caramel?perhaps a subtle reference to Halloween candy. Visitors can decide for themselves, sampling myriad wines while enjoying the premises' views of the rolling Virginia mountains. For an even more memorable time, guests can get married on the sprawling vineyard's elegant event space.
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    9402 Justice Lane
    Delaplane, VA US

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