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Wine Touring in Loudoun County, VA
Dated: January 5 2021
Did you know that there are over 40 wineries in Loudoun County, VA? I know, it’s hard to believe! I’ve lived in Loudoun County for over 25 years and have watched it grow into one of the foremost wine regions on the East Coast. Being only 45 minutes from our nation's capital, Loudoun County is often referred to as DC’s Wine Country, or the Loudoun Wine Trail, but it’s more than a name, it’s an experience like no other.
Whether you’re setting aside an afternoon, planning a day trip or a weekend getaway, you’ll want to plan your wine tour. No matter where your adventure begins, I can guarantee that your visit to Loudoun County’s wineries will be a relaxing, laid back, and fun experience. You may not know where to start, so I’m here to help you. To make it simple, Loudoun’s wineries have been grouped into six clusters by region. I’m working my way through the regions and still have a few wineries to cross off my list.
Enjoying the views at Stone Tower Winery
First Cluster: The Loudoun Heights Cluster
Nestled in the small town of Hillsboro, and the surrounding area, you’ll not only experience amazing wines, you’ll experience some of the most amazing scenery in the county. Hillsboro was named for its hills and you won’t be disappointed with the peaceful, tranquil setting of the wineries in the Loudoun Heights Cluster. While visiting, you’ll want to check out Stoney Brook Farm, a local, organic farm market and deli.
The annual "Lighting of the Vines" at Bluemont Winery
Second Cluster: The Waterford Cluster
Who loves some good old history? The Waterford Cluster sits outside the National Historic Landmark town of Waterford, which was established by Quakers in 1733 and remains basically unaltered. You’ll definitely want to explore the town as part of your adventure, it’s like stepping back in time.
Third Cluster: The Potomac Cluster
The Potomac Cluster is located north of Leesburg, VA, between Route 15 and the Potomac River, and offers eclectic views, everything from river views, rolling fields, mountains, and even a lake. As you make your way, you’ll want to take time to visit the roadside farm stands, antique shops in Lucketts, VA, and Roots 657, a locally inspired cafe and market with some of the best smoked meats, house-made soups, and fresh-baked goods.
Fourth Cluster: The Mosby Cluster
Horse country meets wine country! John Mosby Highway, otherwise called Route 50, drives you through the Mosby Cluster and the villages of Aldie and Middleburg, offering views of stacked stone walls, fields of horses and historic homes. If time permits, you’ll want to visit the unique shops in historic Middleburg and pick up a pie from the Little Apple Pastry Shop in Aldie. I’ll let you in on a secret, Quattro Goomba has some of the best pizza I’ve ever eaten!
Fifth Cluster: The Harmony Cluster
Did you know that this cluster is named after the nearby town of Hamilton, which was originally called Harmony? This route takes you down winding gravel roads and up to the highest point of the Catoctin Mountain for breathtaking views. As you explore the Harmony Cluster, life takes on a slower pace and you truly experience a tranquil feeling.
The Barns at Hamilton Station
Sixth Cluster: The Snickers Gap Cluster
Named for a wind gap in the Blue Ridge Mountains, on the western side of Loudoun County lies the Snickers Gap Cluster. You’ll be led through the countryside with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. With an elevation of about 1,000 feet, you’ll want to make sure to visit Bluemont Vineyard, which offers a beautiful view of the valley. If time permits be sure to stop in the Bluemont General Store, Mom’s Apple Pie and More Better.
And there you have it folks! Loudoun is rich with scenery and experiences that you have yet to explore and the wine clusters are definitely a must see. Each winery offers its own unique and personal experience - from beautiful views, live music, outdoor games and seating, indoor seating by a fireplace or in a restored barn, food trucks and winery fare, private event rooms for intimate gatherings, wine making classes, wine tours, and so much more! I hope you enjoy your visit to Loudoun County’s Wine Clusters!
Be sure to check back for information on hidden gems and other areas to explore in Loudoun County.
Please contact the wineries directly for current hours, directions and visiting policies for large groups and pets.
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