The autumn leaves are at their peak right now — don’t miss out! Hop in the car with some friends at your earliest opportunity. Pick more apples than you can use, drink some local wine, and take photos of all the fall glory!
If you’re looking for somewhere to go, I highly recommend Delaplane Cellars in Fauquier County. To be honest, I don’t enjoy a lot of Virginia wine that I try. However, Delaplane has been consistently delicious to me–from whites all the way to reds. I tried the Tannat grape for the first time when I was there a few years ago, and most recently, I was surprised that I even enjoyed their Chardonnay–a grape I usually do not prefer!
Besides the wine, the views at Delaplane are spectacular. You can take in miles of rolling hills and vineyards from the long wrap-around bar in their airy tasting room, or you can lounge outside on their beautiful terrace. It’s a magical place where the stunning environment perfectly complements the caliber of the wines. This is the first Virginia winery that has tempted me to join their wine club…
Sipping wine on the terrace with a generous cheese plate was the best.
We also went to Three Fox Vineyards, a lively Italian-style winery that is friendly to groups and families. These wines were not my favorite, but it can be a fun stop to make and the tasting provides a lot of wines for what you pay.
Barrel Oak is another winery in the area that is both family and dog friendly. I didn’t love these wines either when we went a few years ago, but the picnic area is large AND they serve wood-fired pizza! A good stop for lunch.
Chateau O’Brien is nearby as well. You can choose tastings that are either all whites or all reds. There are some good spots for photos and the wines are mediocre. It is a great place to start before heading over to Delaplane to linger for awhile!
For additional reading, I wrote about Chris and I’s anniversary wine-tasting trip in Fauquier County two years ago here.