Fauquier County is home to 27 wineries, each with its own ambiance. The wineries range from small production farm wineries to several of the oldest and most successful wineries in Virginia. Wines from Fauquier county are almost all outstanding! Here are our recommendations for this year.
6. Marterella Winery and Vineyard
Marterella Winery and Vineyard is a little slice of Italy in the Virginia countryside. This boutique producer of high quality, premium Virginia wines is located in the beautiful horse country just north of Warrenton. The tasting room has been recognized as one of the best in Virginia by a number of publications including Virginia Wine Lover Magazine.
5. Philip Carter Winery
There are few places that can boast the depth of American wine history as Philip Carter Winery. The owners are descendents of the producers of the first internationally recognized fine wines in America in 1762. The winery is located in beautiful Hume, Virginia, known for its picturesque mountain landscapes. Their Music in the Vineyard Series every almost weekend showcases some of the most talented musical performers in the northern Virginia area.
4. Delaplane Cellars
Delaplane Cellars is located on the eastern flank of Lost Mountain with great views of the Rural Historic Crooked Run Valley. Their goal is to make single vineyard wines that reflect the unique terroir of each vineyard site. Their carefully crafted wines made only from 100% vinifera varietals grown in Virginia. Their philosophy is “less is more” believing that less intervention by the winemaker results in more authentic flavor and more memorable wine.
4. Barrel Oak Winery
This beautiful, open winery has large wine bar, underground production facilities where guests can take a guided or self-guided tour and see the wine being made. The wine makers have racked up close to 300 regional, national and international awards since 2008. The winery has some of the most breathtaking views in the region, and there is huge stone patio where you can watch the sunset over the mountains.
2. RdV Vineyards
Visit RdV for an intimate tour and tasting experience and a personal look the vineyards, state of the art winery and solid granite caves. The tour concludes with a seated tasting of their Lost Mountain and Rendezvous cuvees paired with tastes from our neighboring woods and pastures. Tours and tastings last approximately 90 minutes and cost $50 per guest.
1. Linden Vineyards
Linden is one of the oldest vineyards in Virginia and they produce some of the best wine in anywhere. Their 2012 Claret and 2013 Hardscrabble Chardonnay are our personal favorites. According to Jim Law, the owner and winemaker, “Our job is to express the forces of earth, weather and vine in the bottle. All the grapes used to make Linden wines are grown in the mountains and valleys surrounding the winery. As winegrowers we are primarily interested in how each vineyard site is expressed in the glass.”