Day Trip Wine Tours
The Middleburg Wine Tour
Middleburg is widely known as the center of the Virginia Hunt Country, but less known is that the Middleburg area also hosts several very fine vineyards. This tour is set up so that you can spend time touring the town and it's many shops and restaurants. Because it is so popular, Middleburg can be crowded and you may encounter some traffic along Route 50.
Take I-66 to Route 50 West, just after Fairfax. Follow Route 50 until Gilberts Corner, Virginia where you will turn Right onto Route 15, North. Follow Route 50 North past Outlands Plantation to a Left turn onto SR-651 West. Oatlands Plantation [703-777-3174] was built in 1803, and is certainly worth exploring. There is a nominal charge for a guided tour of the house and gardens. Follow SR-651 about 1.5 miles to a left turn on SR-797. Follow SR-797 for a little less than a mile to a Right turn into Willowcroft Farm Vinyards.
Leave Willowcroft by turning left onto SR-797 than almost immediately turn left onto SR-662. Follow SR-662 for about a mile until a Left turn onto SR-729. Follow SR-729 for about five miles until a left turn onto SR-734. Follw SR-734 for about three miles to a Left turn back onto Route 50 in Aldie, Virginia. Follow Route 50 for about three miles until the Swedenburg Estate Vineyard on the left.
Turn left from Swedenburg Estate Vineyard onto Route 50 West into Middleburg for lunch. At the western end of Middleburg, turn left from Route 50 onto SR-626, James Madison Highway. Follow SR-626 for about four miles to a Right turn into Piedmont Vineyards and Winery.
From Piedmont Vineyards and Winery, turn
right back onto SR-626 for a few hundred yards to a Left on SR-628, Landmark
Road. After about a mile, the road forks. Keep to the left at the fork,
staying on SR-628 (the name of the road changes to Logans Mill Road).
Look for Meredyth Vineyards on the left after about a third of a mile.
Leaving Meredyth Vineyards, turn left back onto SR-628 for about five miles, back to Route 50. Turn Right onto Route 50 to I-66, and I-66 back to Washington DC.
The Vinyards in this tour are far more popular than the Flint Hill tour vinyards. While Middleburg is attractive and historic, it is also very heavily visited.
Material to Add Courtesy Crystal Leigh
1. Willowcroft Farm Vineyards
January through February: Friday through Sunday, 11:00am - 5:00pm
Take Route 15 North. Six miles past Gilbert's Corner (Route 50), watch for Oatland's Plantation on your right. One-half mile past Oatland's gate, turn left onto Hogback Mountain Road. Continue for two miles to the dead end then make a left onto Mt. Gilead Road. Proceed for one mile to our sign on your right.
2. Piedmont Vineyards and Winery (1973)
3. Swedenburg Estate Vineyard
4. Chrysalis Vineyards (2000)
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