A trip to wine country isn’t as far from D.C. as you might think
Fritz Hahn and Thomas Floyd
The Washington Post
There’s a slight nip in the air, and trees have burst into a full blaze of gold, apricot and bronze. A crisp autumn afternoon practically begs to be spent sitting in the sun at a winery, sipping and sampling with friends, enjoying the fresh air and admiring the changing colors of nature.
But anyone who lives in Washington knows that enjoying a day trip to wine country can literally mean spending the full day — rounding everyone up, getting in the car, sitting in traffic, and then doing it all again on the way home. Visiting the best-known vineyards sometimes means spending more time driving than actually enjoying the wine.To continue reading this article, please visit the Washington Post.
To make the best use of time, we worked with Washington Post wine writer Dave McIntyre to create a list of recommended wineries located roughly an hour or less from downtown D.C. These wineries offer bottlings that allow single varietals, such as chambourcin, to shine, as well as award-winning blends. Some have been around for a decade, while others are only a few years old. All encourage guests to hang out outdoors, on porches or around picnic tables, admiring the vines and views. In the end, that’s the most important thing.