The Best Winery in Northern VA to …

Bring your pooch

Barrel Oak Winery, abbreviated to BOW, is the perfect place to bring your Lil’ Bow Wow. Way out in Delaplane, it’s the kind of huge, expansive farm that your furry friend probably dreams about when he naps on the couch. People can even bring their canine pals inside to designated rooms, so if it’s raining, no problem. Plus, if members of your entourage can’t decide if they should have beer or wine (it’s a debate as old as dogs vs. cats!) you can make everyone happy, because somehow this place also manages to brew beer, too.

Drive time from DC: 1 hour, 15 minutes

Bring your kid

Kids in tow? No problemo! At Potomac Point Winery in Stafford, there’s a child-oriented playroom in clear view from the tasting bar called the Lil Buds room. While you’re sipping on wine, the kids can play with age-appropriate toys. With older kids, you can enjoy a rousing outdoor game of cornhole.

Drive time from DC: 51 minutes

Avoid kids

Sometimes you just want to sip your 2011 Petit Verdot without someone’s hyper 2-year-old crashing into your ankles. In that case, Linden Vineyards in Linden might be the right winery for you. It’s for people with old-school notions of a winery. Their policy is no children, pets or even groups larger than four to annoy you, so it’s the perfect winery for anyone looking for a refined, sophisticated time.

Drive time from DC: 1 hour, 18 minutes

Go on a rainy day

Dry Mill Vineyards is a short drive from Leesburg, but it’s scenic enough to make you feel like you’re out in the country. Owners Dean and Nancy feel like family members as they offer you generous tastings. A magnificent covered porch extends around the exterior, so you can even enjoy the scenery on a rainy day.

Drive time from DC: 1 hour, 8 minutes

Roll deep

The Winery at Bull Run in Centreville is a great place to bring a big group, even the whole office. Long tables are available inside and outside. There’s plenty of room for everyone to spread out. If your crew includes toddlers, sit in the “Parties with Children” area outdoors.

Drive time from DC: 45 minutes

Take a photo

Stone Tower Winery in Leesburg is beautiful inside and out. Rustic farm-style architecture and a tasting room with lined with barrels illuminated by track lighting makes for a gorgeous Instagram backdrop. Step outside to see rolling hills under a vast sky reminiscent of a Windows XP desktop. To really feel the glamour of the scenery, consider attending the Big Fake Wedding in August, where a couple renews their vows so that attendees can check out leading local wedding vendors.

Drive time from DC: 1 hour, 14 minutes

Have a meal

Most wineries aren’t known for their pizza. Quattro Goombas in Aldie is an exception to that rule. Quattro, the Pizza Shop is located inside the winery and boasts extensive gourmet ingredients, including local cheese and “Grandma’s ground pepperoni.” Ask for it “Beaver County Style” to get cold cheese on top!

Drive time from DC: 1 hour, 8 minutes

Bring a date

With its majestic spiral staircase and intimate upstairs room, Creek’s Edge Winery in Lovettsville has a high romance factor. Rustic touches like antler chandeliers and intricately decorated corn silos make this place feel unique and magical. Just don’t bring a first date there. This far out, there’s no easy escape if things aren’t going well.

Drive time from DC: 1 hour, 15 minutes