Where the heck did the summer go? I’m pretty much in denial that it is September and almost fall. For one of our last summer hurrahs, my mom and I spending were planning on spending our Saturday lunching in Old Town Alexandria and then heading to Paradise Springs Winery in Clifton, VA, but the gross weather deterred us from venturing to the vineyard. Before I know the weather forecast and was planning our weekend, one of Gerald’s friends ironically texted him asking him for recommendations on wineries to take his girlfriend for the long weekend. (Let’s be real, we all know he was really texting Gerald to ask for my recs 😉 ) As I started listing off wineries, I realized how many amazing spots we have nearby so I figured I might as well do a roundup of the nearby (ish) wineries I’ve been to, and the ones that are on my bucket list. (Psst, you can shop my look at the bottom of this post. Thanks for finding this dress online, Rox!)
Stone Tower Winery | 60 minutes from DC – the majority of these photos were snapped at this gorgeous location while on a winery tour for a coworker’s birthday. The combination of stunning views, good wine, and live music cannot be beat — 10/10 recommend a trip out here, despite the distance. The winery has a pretty stocked marketplace where you can make your own cheese plates and pick up snacks, as well as a pop-up pizza stand!
Paradise Springs | 45 minutes from DC – I’ve been to this winery multiple times because it’s very close to my parents’ house, and because I think I might actually like all of the wines they make there! I’d recommend heading to this one in the winter, doing a tasting, then setting up shop in front of their fireplace on their screened-in deck
Quattro Goomba | 60 minutes from DC – I’m not going to lie, I was quite a few glasses of wine in when we went to this spot via a friend’s going away winery tour, but it’s super kid-friendly and also features a pizza stand! I wouldn’t make a trip out to the Ashburn/Leesburg area just for this winery, but it’s worth hitting up if you’re visiting another nearby vineyard
Rocklands Farm | 45 minutes from DC – I visited this winery on a Bubbles & Bloggers outing and instantly fell in love with its rustic charm. It’s actually a farm where you can buy fresh eggs and meat, as well as interact with their adorable animals. (You might think twice about buying those sausages though after playing with their adorable piglets tho…) they also have local produce set up in the tasting room, and yup – you guessed it – a pizza pop-up
Barrel Oak Winery | 60 minutes from DC – I hit this winery on my way down to JMU one summer and the mountain views were stunning. The winery is dog-friendly to boot and there are multiple tasting rooms and a huge terrace so even though it’s very popular, you don’t feel like it’s too crowded. It was a hot minute since I visited the vineyard, but I remember loving their Cabernet Franc!
CrossKeys Vineyards | 113 minutes from DC – I know, I know, this vineyard is WAY out of the way from DC, but as a JMU alum, I had to include it. This was actually the first winery I went to when I was of drinking age, and it’s remained a favorite as well as my most frequented one! The Blue Ridge Mountain views are gorgeous, the staff very knowledgeable, and the patio the best spot in Harrisonburg to post up with a drink in hand in the summer or fall!
Bucket List Wineries
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Dress | DeJa Vu Boutique (but Rox found this color on here)
Shoes | Vestique (similar)