The Best Wineries on the Way to Harpers Ferry

826 Estate Vineyards. Photograph of Vineyard by 868 Estate Vineyards

Start at: Two Twisted Posts Winery

Brad and Theresa Robertson had to scramble in 2014 when their Chardonnay was named best white wine in Virginia before they’d opened to the public. Today, reds are winning medals, too, and tastings have moved from a tent in their back yard to a towering red barn. Tasting: $10.

Next stop: Breaux Vineyards

Breaux wines are as Virginia as they come: Seventeen grape varieties are grown on more than 100 acres, and all wine is from estate-grown grapes. The Meritage red blend is a standout, and don’t pass up the Nebbiolo if it’s available. Tasting: $10.

Lunch stop: 868 Estate Vineyards

Across the road is Grandale Vintner’s Table, part of 868 Estate. At a patio table, enjoy seasonal menus; the crabcakes and trout flatbread are favorites. After lunch, walk 25 feet to the art-filled winery. Tasting: $8.

Detour: Harpers Ferry

Seven miles north of Two Twisted Posts is this historic West Virginia town. Check out the shops and historic homes on Upper Town’s cobbled streets, or take a shuttle to Lower Town to visit John Brown’s fort. Pick up Breaux Vineyards on the way home, perhaps with dinner at Grandale.

Round trip from DC: 113 miles, or 131 with detour

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This article appears in the May 2017 issue of Washingtonian

Nancy Bauer

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