Daytripping to Virginia Wineries

by Lizzy Conroy
August 28, 2023


When it comes to wineries near McLean, there are several excellent options within a short drive. Take a beautiful country drive and sip and savor the best of local Virginia Wine!

From the Vines of Veneto, Italy to Virginia

Barboursville Winery

17655 Winery Road, Barboursville

An Italian heritage of winemaking, the Zonin family defied the odds in the 1970’s and established a renowned winery, with its centerpiece crowning achievement, Octagon.  A breathtaking vineyard at almost every turn!

Bordeaux-style blends in Delaplane

RdV Vineyards

2550 Delaplane Grade Rd, Delaplane, VA 20144

RdV Vineyards is known for its exceptional Bordeaux-style blends. They focus on producing small-lot, high-quality wines and offer a unique tasting experience. Reservations are required, so plan ahead.


A Day Outing in Hunt Country

Boxwood Estate Winery

2042 Burrland Lane, Middleburg

Situated in Middleburg, Boxwood Estate Winery specializes in Bordeaux-style red blends. Their wines have received critical acclaim, and they offer tastings in a beautiful setting surrounded by rolling vineyards.

For Incredible Views

Bluemont Vineyard

18755 Foggy Bottom Road, Bluemont

Their website states “Where exceptional wines meet extraordinary views” and from the pictures and reviews it looks as though this fortunately situated winery does not disappoint.  

Bluemont Winery, Bluemont, Va

Around the World Cuisines and Music

Briede Vineyards

450 Green Spring Rd, Winchester

This summer Briede Family Vineyards will delight guests with a Trip Around the World with chef Kesha Harris.  Scheduled twice a month, with live music and tastings from Asia, Europe, the Mediterranean, and North Africa, find pricing and tickets online here.  Around the World Cuisines are twice a month through end of October.  


History Meets Meritage

The Winery at Bull Run

Situated in Centreville and abutting the Bull Run National Battlefield extensive acreage, The Winery at Bull Run combines history and wine. Located on the grounds of a Civil War-era farm, they produce a variety of wines and offer tastings in a rustic setting.  Stop in for a sip of their delicious Meritage and say “Ahhh” to the beautiful historic scenes on the bottles.  For history buffs and collectors to local daytrippers, this is a sure one to visit.

Virginia Viticulture Stats - Notes of Delicious!

 Taken from the “2022 Commercial Wine Grape Report” published by Virginia Wine and Wikipedia.

  • As of 2022, there are over 5,000 acres of planted vineyards in Virginia!

  • Virginia has over 300 wineries.

  • Central Virginia and Albemarle County rank in the highest production area of the state.

  • Top wines of Virginia include the Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Viognier.

  • The U.S. is the 4th largest producer of wine, behind Italy, Spain and France.  With over 1.1M acres reported in the U.S.

And if you're shopping locally for excellent wine...

Visit McLean Total Wine 

1451 Chain Bridge Rd, McLean

In town, stop by McLean Total Wine.  One of the largest Total Wine store locations in the area, there is a wine tasting room and a beer tasting room.  Their selection of both local Virginia wines and international wines is robust. From intimate dinner parties to great gatherings, McLean Total Wine will help you find what you need to complete your beverage menu.

Also, deserving of a mention when you are choosing an excellent Virginia wine, see the 2023 Virginia Governor’s Cup wines, awarded 142 gold medals from 66 wineries!

With over 300 wineries in Virginia and so many excellent cups to choose from, Virginia wines are evolving and growing recognition each year.  Whether you're a wine connoisseur or simply seeking a delightful sip, Virginia's diverse and thriving wine scene promises unforgettable experiences that will leave you with a newfound appreciation for the beauty and quality of the wines crafted in this remarkable region.

Patio and stunning view at Bluemont Winery
Lizzy Conroy is partner at Huckaby Briscoe Conroy Group. Lizzy graduated from Georgetown University with a B.A. in Economics and has served in a number of professional capacities in the Washington, DC area a first with the international trade group of Hogan Lovells, then as a marketing manager with MicroStrategy of McLean, VA. She also held business development positions with Kalmia Construction, a Maryland-based commercial construction company, and Newmark LLC, a New York City-based commercial real estate firm.

Lizzy is the 2017 American Mothers, Inc. Virginia Mother of the Year and currently serves on the AMI National Board of Directors. Lizzy is the 2005 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society National Woman of the Year and is a past member of the LLS Board of Trustees. She is a sustaining member of the Junior League of Northern Virginia and is a devoted member of her church, Trinity United Methodist. She is a member of River Bend Golf & Country Club, Great Falls, VA. She and her husband, Steve, live in McLean, Virginia with their two children.

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