Washington, D.C. is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the country. It’s home to world-class museums, monuments, and historic sites like the White House and U.S. Capitol Building.
But if you’re looking for a relaxing escape from the city, I recommend visiting some of the many wineries that are just an hour or less from town.
Virginia is home to over 300 total wineries, and about one hundred are located right in Northern Virginia, just outside of D.C.!
Maryland is home to over 80 wineries. This means that you have plenty of excellent winery options to choose from on your next trip to the nation’s capital!
One of my favorite weekend activities is to explore the many fabulous wineries in Virginia and Maryland. Below are some of my top picks! Cheers!
|My Top Picks for the Best Wineries Near Washington, D.C.
|District Winery – Best winery right in D.C.!
Paradise Springs Winery – Best vineyard escape that’s still close to D.C.
Bluemont Vineyards – Best views
Top photo is courtesy Windridge Vineyards.
10 Best Wineries Near Washington, D.C.
Looking for the easiest way to visit wineries near Washington, D.C.? Book a guided wine tour with hotel pickup right in D.C.! Some of my favorites are the Loudoun County Wine Tour and the Virginia Winery Day Tour by Spirited Tours!
Map of the Best Wineries Near Washington, D.C.
Wineries in Washington, D.C.
If you’re looking for a convenient location right in D.C., then District Winery is the perfect choice. It’s like the tasting room without the vineyard.
District Winery has the distinction of being the first commercial winery in Washington, D.C. They have a unique process: they get their grapes from across the country. The grapes are shipped to the D.C. winery and then turned into District Wine!
The winery is located right in southwest D.C. There are several spaces to spread out, including a tasting room with several wine flights to choose from, an event venue, and a full-service restaurant with mouth-watering entrees.
In fact, District Winery is technically a restaurant and bar built on top of an actual urban winery. This makes it a great place for dinner or weekend brunch.
The dinner menu features a diverse selection of creative dishes that are made to be shared, including Octopus, Yellowfin Tuna Crudo, Burrata Panzanella, Maryland Blue Crab Stuffed Arancini, and Squash Risotto.
For weekend brunch, you’ll find all of your favorites, like Avocado Toast, Challah French Toast (a personal favorite!), Chicken & Waffles, Eggs Benedict, and the Farmers’ Frittata.
You can also book a behind-the-scenes tour to learn more about the wine-making process! The experience includes a wine flight of five wines.
Wineries in Virginia
Paradise Springs Winery is one of the closest wineries to Washington, D.C., and it is a personal favorite of mine. It’s located in Clifton, VA, just 28 miles from D.C.
The winery is set back along a quiet residential road, with open fields and picnic tables outside, plus indoor seating in the inviting wood-beamed tasting room.
You can purchase a wine flight, which features a selection of six of the winery’s award-winning wines. Some of my personal favorite wines include Melange, which is a refreshing red with notes of cherry and vanilla.
I also enjoy their Meritage, which is a more robust red with notes of blackberry, cherry, and currant.
You can order small plates like cheeses, meats, crackers, and baguettes to go with your wine, or flight, of choice.
And Paradise Springs has its very own Food Truck onsite if you’re looking for more to eat. The food trucks have pizzas, sandwiches, chips, cookies, and more. You can even find a lobster burger on the menu!
Dogs are welcome outside, but not inside the tasting room.
Note that because of its close proximity to D.C., Paradise Springs tends to get very busy and crowded, particularly on weekends when the weather is nice. Try to get there early in the day when it opens.
If the main parking lot is full, continue down the road and there is a second parking lot further down the road near the entrance of Hemlock Regional Park.
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Pearmund Cellars is another personal favorite winery of mine that is just 42 miles from D.C.
One great thing about Pearmund is that it opens a bit earlier than other wineries (at 10 am), which makes it a great place to visit first.
The wines at Pearmund are excellent and robust, particularly their whites and sparkling wines. I recommend their Chardonnay, Viognier, and Brut Reserve.
Pearmund has lovely outdoor seating areas with covered tables and lovely views of the vines. The winery tends to be less busy than other local wineries like Paradise Springs, which is another big bonus.
They have a few food selections available for purchase, including meats, cheeses, nuts, dips and chocolates.
Dogs are allowed.
Potomac Point Vineyard is a gorgeous expansive property, and one of my favorite things to do in Stafford, VA! It’s conveniently located not far from I-95, about 40 miles south of Washington.
The property features many beautiful outdoor seating areas that will make you feel as though you’ve been transported to a Tuscan villa!
There are terraces, gardens, fountains, and courtyards, where you can spread out and take in the beautiful views.
If you have time, stay during the evening for dinner at Le Grand Cru Bistro, which is Potomac Points’ excellent restaurant. The menu includes delicious entrees like Butternut Squash Bisque, Pumpkin Biscuits, Potomac Point Winery Crab Cakes, Baked Cod, and Pumpkin Mousse Parfait. Note that reservations are required, and you may need to make them up to 30 days in advance.
You may also want to book a table for Sunday Brunch. It’s served from 11am to 6pm, and includes mouth-watering dishes like Mulled Wine French Toast, Spanish Fritata, and Smoked Brisket Hash.
And if you’re celebrating a special occasion, mark the event with a Naked Wine Cake, which is soaked in Potomac Point Wine! You can choose between French Vanilla Coyote Cave, Chocolate Dolce Rubus Merlot, and Strawberry La Belle Vie Rosé.
The Winery at Bull Run is a popular Virginia winery located along Bull Run, near Manassas National Battlefield Park. It is just 27 miles from Washington, D.C., which makes it one of the closest wineries to town.
Wine tastings feature six wines, such as their Chardonnay, Viognier, Petit Manseng, Meritage, and Norton.
The winery features outdoor lawn seating among the vines, plus an indoor tasting room.
There are some light food options at the winery, including meats, cheeses, and crackers. Pizza is available for purchase on Thursdays through Sundays. Food trucks are also on-site on the weekends.
History is a large part of the winery. They even offer several special historic tours, including a tour of their Civil War Museum on-site, and the “Past to Present: Historical Tour” of the property.
One thing to note with the winery is that dogs are not allowed.
Stone Tower Winery is another popular winery located in Leesburg, VA, just 42 miles from D.C. The family-owned winery has a lot to offer, including multiple tasting rooms, specialty dinners, and winery tours.
The Harvest Barn is a fun and bright tasting room with an airy industrial vibe.
They even offer a special winter treat: you can book a reservation in one of their winter gondolas! It accommodates seating for two, and includes a wine flight and ciabatta.
Some of their other special events include a pizza-making class, a Cellar Tour, and their Somminar series, which gives guests a chance to learn more about specific wines from the experts who make them! You can book your reservation for any of these special events online.
Stone Tower also offers a nice tasting menu, which includes wood-fired pizzas, charcuterie boards, cheese boards, soups, salads, and desserts.
The winery is also open for Sunday Brunch, with a menu that features favorites like Quiche, Shrimp & Grits, Chicken & Waffles, and Eggs Benedict.
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Cana Vineyards is another great wine destination in Northern Virginia. It’s located in Middleburg, which is one of the most popular winery destinations in the region.
Their sprawling property includes plenty of areas to sit back and relax with your favorite glass of Cabernet Sauvignon! The main tasting room includes indoor seating, plus plenty of outdoor seating on the two-level deck.
Cana is a family-owned farm and winery, with beautiful views of nearby Bull Run and the Blue Ridge Mountains.
There are several wine tastings to choose from, including an all-red wine tasting, and a mix of red, whites, and roses. The tastings include a generous six wines to try!
They have several small plates available for purchase, including a French Baguette and crackers, plus a variety of meats, cheeses, and spreads.
Dogs are allowed at Cana Vineyards.
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Greenhill Winery & Vineyards is a personal favorite winery of mine. It’s also located in Middleburg, just 43 miles from Washington, D.C.
The winery features some of my favorite robust wines, particularly their reds, like Superstition, which is a rich red with notes of bing cherry, violet, and charred cedar.
I’m also a big fan of their sparkling wine Blancs de Blancs. You can buy it by the glass or bottle and enjoy it amidst the sprawling vineyards and countryside.
You can pair your wine of choice with several creative mezze dishes, including a fresh baguette with truffle butter, a cheese board, and even caviar, for an extra indulgent treat.
The property has a nice, large covered patio, plus picnic tables in the rolling hills around the main tasting room. You can also walk down to a peaceful pond further down the road on the property.
Dogs are allowed outside but not in the tasting room.
Bluemont Vineyards features some of the most stunning views in all of Northern Virginia. The sprawling winery sits high on top of a hill overlooking the valley below.
As a result, you can sip wine from one of several outdoor seating areas while basking in beautiful views of the rolling green hills below.
Bluemont actually has a winery, brewery, and even cidery as part of their vast property. So no matter what you’re in the mood for, they have something to offer every taste!
The winery is popular, and so it tends to get crowded, particularly on weekends when the weather’s nice. Luckily there are a lot of spaces to spread out.
When I went on a crowded weekend, we couldn’t find seating on the vast outside patio, but we found a seat in the bright, wood-beamed tasting room.
Bluemont has some food options, including soups, meatballs, cheese plates, flatbreads, and desserts. Bluemont is also a popular spot for Sunday brunch.
And if you’re in the mood for a long weekend escape, you can book a stay at one of the cottages on the property.
The beautiful cottages mix rustic wood and stone walls with modern amenities, including either a kitchenette or full kitchen, living area, bedrooms, full baths, and private decks or patios. Some of the cottages are also pet-friendly.
Wineries in Maryland
For another urban wine experience not far from the nation’s capital, look no further than The Urban Winery of Silver Spring, which is in the Maryland suburbs just minutes from the D.C. border.
Their selection of wines includes reds, whites, and roses that are made at their Silver Spring location, as well as additional wines from other Maryland wineries, and national and international wines.
If you want to sample their extensive selection, I recommend getting one of many flights that they have to choose from. You can try their Bourbon Barrel Aged wine flight, the Maryland Trails Flight (which naturally highlights wines from Maryland), the Garden Party Flight (with lighter, fruit-inspired wines), or the Chardonnay Lovers Flight (for those, like me, who love a good Chardonnay!)
The winery also serves a selection of small dishes, including a “build-a-board” option that lets you pick what cheeses and meats you’d like on your board. They also serve Flatbread Pizza, Panini, Greek Meatballs, and more.
To take your love of wine to the next level, you can also sign up for the Wine Making Experience, which gives you the chance to make your own, specially crafted, hand-picked batch of wine. You pick the grapes, walk through the wine-making process with the experts, and even design your own label!
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Rocklands Farm Winery is also located in Poolesville, Maryland, about 24 miles from Washington. The family-owned, working farm is a great, relaxing escape from the bustle of town.
You can buy their wines by the bottle or glass, or try several wines as part of a wine flight. They have a large selection of wines, many of which are blends. You can also find Orange and Rose Wines, plus Ciders, and even Vermouth.
If you want to learn even more about the wine-making process, Rocklands offers free behind-the-scenes winery tours at 1 pm on Saturdays. No reservations are required!
The winery has food vendors on-site, plus charcuterie and local snacks.
Because Rocklands is a working farm, they also offer a subscription service of their beef, lamb, and poultry, delivered fresh to your home.
Windridge Vineyards is another excellent winery in Darnestown, Maryland, just 25 miles from D.C. It’s located near Seneca Creek State Park and features views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Sugarloaf Mountains. This makes it a beautiful setting while sipping a Chardonnay or Rose!
The winery has several spaces to spread out, including a modern and elegant tasting room, two outdoor covered pavilions, and plenty of lawn space.
They have several wine flights available, including a Classic Wine Flight (featuring five of their classic wines), and a Sparkling Wine Flight.
Some of their wines include the crisp and fruity Sparkling Portrayal, the bold and rich Ithaca Reserve, and a port-inspired dessert wine.
They have a selection of charcuterie and cheese boards, as well as small plates to accompany your wine flight.
Conclusion: 10 Best Wineries Near Washington, D.C.
Washington, D.C. is uniquely situated between Maryland and Virginia, which are both home to award-winning wineries. This means you don’t have to travel far to enjoy stunning vineyard views with your favorite glass of Chardonnay or Merlot!
I hope you take the time to enjoy some of the amazing wineries that the mid-Atlantic has to offer!
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