Most people don’t know this, but just an hour away from the nation’s capital, is the Northern Virginia wine country. The bucolic back roads seem thousands of miles away from the hustle and bustle of the big city, but this gorgeous region is closer than you think. A short, 50-mile drive can bring you to the doorstep of an acclaimed, Northern Virginia Winery.
Between the Appalachian Trail and Skyline Drive are beautifully preserved places like Waterford Village, Harper’s Ferry, and George Washington’s Mount Vernon. It’s like stepping back to a simpler time, when the pace was more natural.
Sprinkled throughout this rustic landscape are many wineries. The rich, well-drained soil of the rolling hills is perfect for growing wine grapes. Likewise, the long growing season and moderate winters make this the perfect place for a Northern Virginia Winery.
Surrounding the Town of Middleburg, the Northern Virginia wine region is bordered on the north by the Potomac River and mountains to the east, west, and south. This Virginia wine country covers around 190 square miles, with nearly 230 acres of vineyards and 24 wineries.
Likewise, drive along the Appalachian Trail to the west will bring you into Virginia’s Blue Ridge region, and even farther away from the city. Here, you can find an ever more peaceful retreat, even deeper into Virginia’s wine country.
Interstate 81 crosses through the Blue Ridge Wine Region, running just south of Roanoke all the way up to the North Carolina border. The picturesque and wild mountains of the region are home to many well-established Virginia wineries. Thanks to the rich, loamy soil, good drainage and high elevations, the wineries here produce a stunning variety of excellent wines.
In just an hour or two, you can leave the stress and responsibility of city life far behind, in Virginia’s acclaimed wine country.
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