I moved here not expecting to be living in the wine county of Virginia. LoCo is short for Loudoun County among locals around here. Loudoun County is quite possibly the next Napa Valley. There’s over 40 wineries and I’ve lost count on the breweries. I’ve been here for 7 years and still have not been to every single one. These days, it is so popular that many couples get married and dance the night away at their favorite wineries and breweries. We did the same almost 6 years ago. There is always something new to discover. They always brew something new to add to their wine/beer list. They all have the most picturesque locations. There’s almost always a band playing or music to show off your dance moves. No beer or wine are the same. Lastly, it’s always a good time with friends and family here. (Side note: Brews in Bold/Italics are gluten-free friendly!)
Vanish Farmwoods – We moved to the Lucketts area about a couple years ago. We heard music one night and found out a brewery is right in our backyard! Now, they’ve grown a lot over the years, creating more delicious brews and Sunday yoga. That’s right. Yoga on Sunday with a free beer. Nameste!
Wild Hare Cider – We discovered this place driving home from Bluemont Winery one year and decided to stop in. Now I LOVE a good cider. They make several delicious ciders. Not too sweet, just right. Did I also mention they relocated to downtown Leesburg? Both hands up, yas!
Dirt Farm – We came across this gem of a brewery after leaving Bluemont Vineyard. Same great view as the vineyard, right next door and has such awesome brews. My personal favorite is their cherry ale ‘Tart 31’.
Quattro Goombas Brewery – We went wine tasting at their winery and found out that they had a brewery on site. We hopped over, tried their beer flights and had the most amazing pizza ever. Literally, the cutest square-cut, Sicilian style, fluffiest but crispy bottom, yet so freshly made, yummiest thing at a brewery. I know I’m talking about food. Go get it with their delicious beer.
Corcoran Cidery- I couldn’t believe there was a cidery 10 minutes from my house. I love cider. Especially, in the fall. Don’t forget I recently found out I’m sensitive to gluten. So, this is my go to place for gluten-free beer! This place is also a winery for those who favor wine.
Belly Love Brewery– This place is such a cute gem. Nestled behind shopping centers in Purcellville. When you walk inside, it’s like another dimension. Awesome designs, it makes me want their interior decorator. About their beer? All my gluten sensitive friends! They make their beer gluten reduced! If you can handle a 6-pack of Omission, you will do just fine there. Not to mention, they taste like the real thing!
Old 690– One word. Popcorn. All you can eat. Also, fire pits and great brews. Especially their IPA’s. Nuff said.
Stone Tower Winery– We would keep driving by and wonder about this place. A friend kept telling us to go check it out. It had good reviews. I first went with a few of my girlfriends from hygiene school. Man, it did not disappoint. Beautiful, stunning views. Delicious tasting wine that I bought home a bottle and told my husband that we have to go. We’ve been coming here ever since.
Creek’s Edge Winery– We had this map and it shows you all the wineries in Loudoun County. This place was further up north past our house. We hardly ever go out that way so we went one day and it really is on the creek’s edge! If you walk inside, one of their room has such a really cool unique silo that has a stair wrapped around from bottom to top. It’s even printed on one of their bottles. Too cool.
Bluemont Vineyard – Once upon a time, we went venue shopping, fell in love, and got married here. True story. Virginia is definitely for lovers and wine lovers will adore this view. Taste a few wine, buy a bottle, grab a snack, go sit at a table outside and look out where you will see the Washington Monument on a crystal clear day. Just like the day we got married.
Winery 32– My mother and her best friend came to town and I showed them around. We came upon this place after lunch at Roots. It’s literally almost 32 acres of paradise. Hence how they got their name. They only opened in 2014 and known for their Chambourcin.
Sunset Hills Vineyard – This place is another favorite with the best views of the sunset and also great wines. But their view….breathtaking. Sit back with a glass of your favorite Sunset Hills wine and watch the sun go down.
Chrysalis Wine– This place has an amazing building overlooking the vineyard. The cutest pergola on the patio. It seems very industrial-like with the tin roof which I adore. Beware, they have many delicious wines!
Boxwood Estate Winery– I had never heard of this place until my brother who was visiting wanted to try it. Boxwood? Who? It was winter time and sitting outside with wine is out of the question. We checked it out. If you took a step in their cellar, oh man, that is some cellar they have. It’s gorgeous. Their wine is pretty decent too. Props to my brother.
This about wraps up on my favorite places to ‘Prost’ with friends and families. Many of them are kids and dogs friendly. Just be sure to check their website before visiting. Virginia brews and wine are something here. If you ever find yourself traveling south or in that case, north in search of great hops and grapes, you won’t be sorry at one of these locations!