All crafted from local ingredients sourced from a handful of nearby farms, the ciders and wines at Great Shoals Winery are firmly rooted in the region. And folks have taken notice. Their collection has earned a number of ribbons, which have accumulated since the very first year the hard cider went into production. The more than 20 wines made there appear in a range of styles, including dry and sweet sippers made from apples, pears, and cherries. At the tasting room, visitors can sip samples of many of these, as well as purchase bottles and gifts, or enjoy the frequent events that are hosted on-site.
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You want to drive to all those wineries—but you want to taste all the wines there, too. Vino 301 Wine Concierge removes the potentially hazardous but necessary element of driving from the equation: their tour ambassadors whisk tasters from one winery to the next, providing helpful information along the way. Several different tours offer prospective clients the chance to explore the area's different wine regions, and each lasts up to five and a half hours. There are also specially-orchestrated tours for events such as bachelorette parties, birthdays, and celebrating your friend Dionysus' birthday.
You might recognize the merlot and the cabernet, but the rest of the residents at Romano Vineyard & Winery may need some introduction. There's the Traminette, for example, a floral and spicy white wine made from a new breed of grape, and the French-American hybrid Chambourcin, which pairs nicely with barbecue and grilled dishes. If you have time to do more than pick up a bottle or two, tastings are scheduled every Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.
Far more than just a wine tasting, Capture Wine Tour is a traveling extravaganza. Commandeering the Docks at Union Market, the exciting celebration delivers farm-to-table fare, and artisan wines. More than 120 hand crafted wines give folks a chance to sip and swirl while sampling a variety of gustatory delights from some of the city's rising culinary stars.
Better yet, a portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated directly to the Capital Area Food Bank, which works to distribute more than 35 millions meals every year to those in need in the DC-metro area.
Though some of Virginia Wine Tours’ staffers swear by Argentinean Malbecs and others favor New Zealand Rieslings, one thing’s certain: they’re all passionate about Northern Virginian wines. These aficionados conduct tours through a sweeping array of vineyards across the region, including the intimate Bluemont Vineyard in Loudon County, the sprawling Gray Ghost Vineyard in Rappahannock County, and the mountainside Naked Mountain Winery in Fauquier County. During these full- and half-day trips, they enlighten groups with local area viniculture facts and anecdotes, as well as encourage them to mix and mingle amongst their fellow wine enthusiasts. Virginia Wine Tours provides tour groups with transportation to and from wineries, sparing customers the inconvenience of having to worry about parking their cars or mastering the art of vehicle levitation.