Start at: Red Truck Bakery
Grab a to-go sandwich for lunch, but don’t miss the real prize: double-chocolate Moonshine Cake. Buy a slice or, even better, a whole cake for later. 8368 W. Main St., Marshall; 540-364-2253.
Next stop: Delaplane Cellars
Set out for Delaplane Cellars, where ceiling-high windows frame a 50-mile view. Delaplane specializes in single-vineyard, Bordeaux-style blends. Try to taste the differences between the Left Bank red, from the estate’s vines, and the Williams Gap, made from similar grapes grown 20 miles away. Tasting: $8 to $12.
Next stop: Arterra Wines
Up a steep hill, in a thicket of trees, Arterra’s timber-framed tasting room coexists with a mixed-media art studio—Jason Murray makes the wine and his wife, Sandy, the art. Ask Jason about his commitment to native-yeast fermentation, then taste the results. Enjoy your Red Truck lunch at a picnic table in the grove. Tasting: $10 to $15.
Last stop: Boxwood Estate Winery
End the day at Boxwood, whose steel-and-glass design is a contrast to the rusticity of most wineries. A Cabernet Franc/Merlot blend, Topiary, is a favorite. You’ll find a small ring-shaped tasting bar and a smattering of tables and chairs. Picnic tables outside offer more space to relax. Tasting: $10.
Round trip from DC: 120 miles
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This article appears in the May 2017 issue of Washingtonian.