These recent warmer days are proof that spring is just around the corner, and if your mind is already filled with thoughts of what to do once the season changes, you might be interested in taking a sipping tour of the Northern Virginia region. There are numerous breweries and wineries that are well worth the weekend drive, and if you want to make a day of it, you can even plan a day trip to visit a few along your route.
Here are just a few of the best breweries and wineries in the Northern Virginia area to check out this spring.
The Winery at Bull Run. One of the most well-known in the area, the Winery at Bull Run is a working farm and vineyard that history buffs are sure to love. It’s popular amongst DC residents as a place to get out of the city, and if you’re interested in the history of Virginia, it’s also a great place to learn about 19th century life in Fairfax County. The wine is also impressive; the Winery at Bull Run often wins awards for its local reds and whites.
Barrel Oak Winery. This family-friendly spot in Piedmont showcases the beauty of the Northern Virginia countryside while also offering a chance to taste some of the best wines in the state. Sample different pours in the winery’s tasting room, take a tour of the winery to see how the wines are made and don’t forget to pet the resident dogs on your way out.
Dirt Farm Brewing. Located in Bluemont, this Virginia brewery offers views of the Blue Ridge Mountains while you sip small batch, handcrafted beers. The brewery also contains a 400 acre family farm, which makes it a fascinating place to visit if you’re interested in learning about the beer brewing process from start to finish.
Old Bust Head Brewing Company. This historic brewery offers a quaint, rural setting that’s perfect for a relaxing weekend outside. The tap room is fun and social, and on warmer days, there’s plenty of outdoor seating where you can enjoy the sunshine while sipping a flight of beers.
Port City Brewing Company. Head to Alexandria for a beer at this award-winning craft brewery. With live music every Friday and food trucks every Saturday, there’s always something fun and lively going on — and that’s aside from the impressive craft beers.