11 Amazing Wine-Country Day Trips Near DC

Photos by Sam Hurd Photography.

The numbers of wineries in this region has exploded, and the wine has gotten better. Here are 70 of our favorite vineyards—we’ve mapped out some stop-by-stop itineraries—where you can find great wine, gorgeous views, and a fun day in the country.


Nancy Bauer

Nancy Bauer is founder of the popular Facebook group, Virginia Wine Love, and the website

Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Petworth.

Jessica Sidman
Food Editor

Jessica Sidman covers the people and trends behind D.C.’s food and drink scene. Before joining Washingtonian in July 2016, she was Food Editor and Young & Hungry columnist at Washington City Paper. She is a Colorado native and University of Pennsylvania grad.

Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.

Jessica Strelitz

Jessica Strelitz is a food, wine, and spirits writer in Virginia.