Perhaps you live in Leesburg in the state of Virginia, or maybe you are visiting. If so, why not visit one of their excellent wineries producing top-quality wines? There are many to choose from but we have chosen 13 of the best to tell you about. You won’t be disappointed if you visit any of them.
1 – Bleu Frog Vineyards
The owners of Bleu Frog Vineyards were originally looking for land to farm. Discovering that the land that they had bought had particularly rich soil, they decided to plant vines. Originally, they grew grapes to sell to winemakers but then decided to venture into the world of winemaking themselves. All of their wines are produced from top-quality grapes grown on their hillside setting with limestone soil.
Try their Bleu Franc white wine, which is light, crisp, and slightly dry, similar to Sauvignon Blanc, and with a hint of pear. It is a silver medal winner.
2 – Willowcroft Farm Vineyards
Willowcroft Farm Vineyards are well-established and have been around for over 36 years, producing high-quality wines that have won many awards.
You will want to return again and again to enjoy a glass of wine at this peaceful spot with beautiful views. Come and enjoy a tasting. You can even do a wine and truffle tasting. The winery also sells a selection of gourmet foods to accompany your tastings, such as warm bread, cheeses, salami, and crackers.
Join their wine club for bi-monthly pick-ups, complementary wine coupons, evening socials, and discounts on all wine purchases.
3 – Zephariah Farm Vineyard
This is a family-owned vineyard. They started farming in this location in 1950 and in 2002, started planting grapes. In 2018, they were named one of the top 25 wineries in the US.
They grow 14 varieties of grapes which they use to produce one rose wine, five whites, one off-dry white, and five reds. The whole family is involved in the winemaking process without the help of anyone else.
Zephariah Farm Vineyard offers wine by the flight, by the glass, or by the bottle from Fridays to Sundays. There is both indoor and outdoor seating.
4 – Eagletree Farm Winery
Eagletree Farm Winery was established in 1999. The owners began as grape growers and sold their produce to winemakers and local markets. However, as time went on, they decided to produce their own wine and they haven’t looked back since.
They have become well known for offering excellent food which pairs perfectly with their wines. Visit their restaurant and try their wines with dishes such as filet mignon and wood-fired pizza. If you have friends with you that aren’t keen on wine, there is also a beer menu and cocktail specials.
The winery also offers tours of its vineyards and will host events such as weddings and anniversaries.
5 – October One Vineyard
October One Vineyard is affectionately known as O1V. It is one of the many wineries in Leesburg that grows its own grapes. It has been operating for over 15 years and has produced many award-winning wines. In 2019, its Cabernet Franc received the Gold Virginia Governor’s Cup award, and its Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon were awarded silver medals. It produces wine in limited quantities, focusing on handcrafting rather than producing wine in bulk.
Try the 2020 Cabernet Sauvignon which has flavors of light red fruits combined with vanilla and allspice. It is sweet in the mid-palate, medium-bodied, and has well-integrated tannins.
O1V doesn’t have a tasting room at the vineyard but it has one at its Downtown Leesburg Tasting Shop.
6 – Stone Tower Winery
Stone Tower Winery is family-owned and is situated in beautiful surroundings, the perfect place to go for a tasting. You can visit between Thursday and Monday, and there are two tasting rooms, one specially dedicated to wine club members. It has an extensive menu to choose from so that you can have a perfect wine and food pairing.
The wine club also offers 10% off all purchases, access to limited-release library wines, and special prices for events. Three times a year, you will get four bottles of wine.
7 – Casanel Vineyards & Winery
Casanel Vineyards & Winery uses organic methods to grow the grapes used to produce their wines. They prioritize the quality and nourishment of the grapes, and this can be seen when you taste their wines. The vines are planted in clay and loam soil which is excellent for grape growing, and they grow seven different varieties of grapes.
You can book a tour of the vineyards and winery and also enjoy a tasting.
Try the Patricia Marie Estate Pinot Gris which has been aged in stainless steel for 50% of the time and in American Oak for the rest of the time. It has flavors of tropical fruits, vanilla, melon, toasted coconut, and jasmine. The 2017 Cabernet Sauvignon has been French oak aged for 20 months. It is deep red in color, and tastes of black fruits such as blackberries, and licorice. It has floral and earthy aromas.
Join one of the clubs for shipments, discounts, and complimentary invitations to events.
8 – Dry Mill Vineyards and Winery
Dry Mill Vineyards is a family-owned business. The family has a passion for wine and merges ‘old school’ with modern techniques. Its wines are light and subtle which should appeal to most people.
Dry Mill Vineyards and Winery offer tastings paired with snacks. In the summer, they offer wine slushies, and in the winter, mulled wine.
9 – Fleetwood Farm & Winery
Fleetwood Farm & Winery is sophisticated with beautiful tasting rooms. It produces top-quality wines, both white and red. Some are aged in stainless steel barrels while others are oak aged.
You can take a tour around the barrel rooms and learn how the lines are fermented. There is a bar in the barrel room where you can enjoy a glass of wine straight out of the barrel.
You can enjoy a flight of wine, a glass, or a bottle of wine in the tasting room or on the Grand Terrace. There is a food menu so that you can pair your wine with a delicious snack such as warm camembert with pepper jelly or warm crab with artisan bread.
Try the 2019 Viognier. It is a lush wine, with a touch of minerality. It has floral notes and aromas of tangerine, honeysuckle, and peach.
Join the wine club for wine deliveries, discounts, early access to private ticketed events, and more.
10 – The Vineyards and Winery at Lost Creek
This is another sophisticated and elegant winery. It stands out because the owners allow the grapes to grow naturally, and the wines are handcrafted. Because nobody interferes with the grapes, you will find that the wines are fruitier. There are 8 acres of vineyards where are grown various Virginia grapes.
The white wines are fermented in French oak barrels and pressed fresh. The winemakers slow age the wines in the barrel for between 12 and 18 months. This makes their red wines smoother, and their whites become more viscous.
You can visit Lost Creek for a tasting or the special Chef’s tasting and wine pairing which involves four flights of wine with a four-course food pairing.
You can join the wine club which includes a commitment to purchase wine every month for one year, discounts, complimentary tastings, and more.
11 – Hidden Brook Winery
Hidden Brook Winery is one of the ten oldest wineries in Loudoun County. It is situated in a beautiful setting in the middle of a forest. The owners have built a log cabin to store their barrels which matches the scenery.
The winery is proud of its European-American-infused wines, especially its reds. For these, they use their knowledge of the Italian winemaking approach.
The whites are also excellent. Try the Chardonnay which has been aged for 18 months in a steel barrel and then six months in French oak. It has a delicious balance between tropical citrus notes and a classic Californian buttery finish.
Join the wine club for deliveries, discounts, complimentary glasses of wine when you visit, and more.
12- Fabbioli Cellars
Fabbioli Cellars is a family-owned winery that practices eco-friendly farming which they believe makes their wines more distinct. Try the 2018 Cultivator, a full-bodied red with flavors of dark fruits and a smooth acidity. It is a blend of Zinfandel and Petite Syrah which bring complex flavors to the wine.
Fabbioli Cellars offer vineyard tours to help you to understand the winemaking process. They also offer wine tastings which involve six pours with paired food bites. There are gluten-free and vegetarian options. Also on offer are cheese and charcuterie plates and an a la carte menu.
13 – Echelon Wine Bar
We have included a wine bar as it is owned by the Vineyards and Winery at Lost Creek. It is modern and cozy but also has an elegant vibe. Many of the wines have been sustainably fermented at Lost Creek.
Echelon Wine Bar offers more than 100 different wines by the bottle and over 30 wines by the glass. It also offers food and pairs its wines with farm-to-table small plates. If you are new to wine, they will give you customized flights to explore. Occasionally, wine tasting classes are held.
We hope that we have whetted your appetite for a wine tasting in Leesburg. The 13 wineries we have talked about are among the best here and are all worth visiting. You might not be able to go to all of them but if you plan ahead of your visit to Leesburg, you should be able to fit in a few. Happy tasting!