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The Middleburg Wine Tour
A little less than an hour to starting point.

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.
NOTE: Meredyth has closed, the tour will be updated to include a new Vinyard, Chrysalis.


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.

Paris/Flint Hill Wine Tour

NOTE:

Material to Add Courtesy Crystal Leigh

1. Willowcroft Farm Vineyards
38906 Mt. Gilead Road
Leesburg, Virginia 20175
Tel (703) 777-8161
(703) 777-8157 (fax)
E-mail address: willowine@aol.com
Web Site: www.willowcroftwine.com
Owner: Lew Parker

January through February: Friday through Sunday, 11:00am - 5:00pm
March through December: Friday through Sunday, 11:00am - 5:30pm.

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)
2546D Halfway Rd., Middleburg
(540) 687-5528
(540) 687-5777 (fax)
E-mail address: info@piedmontwines.com
Web Site: www.piedmontwines.com
Owner: Gerhard von Finck
Open Year Round
Weekdays - 10 A.M. to 5 P.M.
Saturday - 10 A.M. to 6 P.M.
Sunday - 11 A.M. to 6 P.M.
Closed: Thanksgiving, December 24, 25, 31, and New Year's Day
Tasting Fee: $3.00 tasting fee which is refunded with purchase
Virginia's first commercial vinifera vineyard is on Waverly, a 100-acre pre-Revolutionary War farm. Family-owned and operated, these 37 acres of vines were planted in 1973. Today the winery produces about 5,000 cases a year of Chardonnay, Hunt Country White, Pinot Gris and Cabernet Sauvignon. Tours and tastings are available from 11 am to 6 pm daily except major holidays; large groups should call ahead for an appointment and expect to pay $3 per person. A picnic area is on the grounds for the use of visitors. Tours of the winery are given each Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 am. The charge is three dollars per person, which includes a tasting of our currently available wines. There is no charge for people under twenty-one years old.
You can get to Piedmont from Middleburg by traveling approximately 3 miles south on Va. 626. From I-66 take Exit 31 to Va. 245 at the Plains then take an immediate left onto Va. 626.

3. Swedenburg Estate Vineyard
23595 Winery Ln., Middleburg
(540) 687-5219
E-mail address: none
Web Site: www.swedenburgwines.com
Owner: Wayne A. Swedenburg
Tastings: Open Daily - 10 A.M. to 4 P.M.
Tasting Fee: $1.00
Named after its proprietors, Wayne and Juanita Swedenburg, this family-owned vineyard consists of more than 15,000 grapevines on the 130-acre Valley View Farm, which has been under continuous cultivation for more than 200 years. The winery produces European-style premium wines, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling and Chantilly. The winery is 1 mile east of Middleburg on U.S. 50. Or, if you are traveling from I-66, drive west on U.S. 50 for 21 miles to the Valley View Farm entrance on the left.

4. Chrysalis Vineyards (2000)
23876 Champe Ford Rd.
Middleburg, VA 20117-2942
540-687-8222
(800) 235-8804 (toll free)
(540) 687-8666 (fax)
E-mail address: info@chrysaliswine.com
Web Site: www.chrysaliswine.com
Owner: Jennifer McCloud
Tastings: Open Daily - 10 A.M. to 5 P.M.
Tasting Fee: None
Chrysalis Vineyards' Locksley vineyards and general offices are located 35 miles west of downtown Washington, D.C., on SR 629 (Champe Ford Road), 1 mile south of US 50 between Aldie and Middleburg, Virginia.
Our new tasting room complex is open to the general public everyday 10am to 5pm. Please stop by for a tasting and enjoy a picnic on the patio or picnic pavilion. The gas grills are operational and available for public use.

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