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