Vineyard Day Trips with Friends near Washington DC

Are you looking for a fun outing you can enjoy with your best friends?  Tired of doing the same old things and going the same old places? Have you considered vineyard day trips near Washington DC?  If not, but it sounds like something you and your friends might enjoy, may we recommend Blue Valley?

We opened our vineyard more than two decades ago when we purchased a significant portion of an older estate that once belonged to John Marshall, who was the 4th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Blue Valley is steeped in both history and unforgettable views, and although both of those are excellent reasons to consider making a trip up to see us, that’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg!

One of the reasons Blue Valley has become such a popular destination for people interested in taking vineyard day trips near Washington DC is the fact that our wines are amazing.  Since the day we first opened our doors, we’ve won more than 24,000 awards, and we add to that total every year.

If you consider yourself a wine aficionado and haven’t sampled any of our delicious offerings, we invite you to come spend the day with us and give them a try.  Here’s just a tiny sample of what you have to look forward to:

2016 Estate Sauvignon Blanc

Awards:

  • Silver Medal – San Francisco International Wine Competition
  • Silver Medal – Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition
  • Bronze Medal – American Wine Society Competition
  • Best White – Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
  • Bronze Medal – Fauquier County Wine Competition
  • Gold Medal – INDY International Wine Competition
  • Bronze Medal – San Francisco International Wine Competition
  • Gold Medal – Governor’s Cup

A superbly balanced wine with hints of both melon and green apple.  Crisp and delightful!

2018 Estate Viognier

Awards:

  • Silver Medal – Finger Lakes Wine Competition

This is a bright, vibrant wine of medium intensity with the taste and fragrance of honeysuckle and rose petals and a mango finish.

2014 Heritage

Awards:

  • Gold Medal – INDY International Wine Competition
  • Silver Medal – American Wine Society
  • Silver Medal – Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
  • Silver Medal – San Francisco International Wine Competition

A delightful blend composed of 67% Chardonnay, 22% Sauvignon Blanc, 6% Pinot Gris, and 5% Viognier, it will please your palate with its variety of citrus and orchard fruit flavors.

2014 Chardonnay

Awards:

  • Silver Medal – San Francisco International Wine Competition
  • Bronze Medal – American Wine Society
  • Silver Medal – Finger Lakes International Wine Competition

This wine has a medium body and presents notes of orchard fruit with aromas of butterscotch and French oak.

2014 Reserve Chardonnay

Awards:

  • Double Gold – American Wine Society
  • Silver Medal – Finger Lakes International Wine Competition

This Chardonnay is wonderfully balanced and has been aged in stainless-steel and new French oak.  It presents nuances of green pear and green apple and will delight your palate.  

2017 Memories

Awards:

  • Gold Medal – San Francisco International Wine Competition
  • Bronze Medal – Finger Lakes International Wine Competition

This is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier with 1.4% residual sugar.  It presents aromas of melon and honeysuckle and delights the palate with a sweet, crisp, well-rounded body.

2018 Estate Rose

Awards:

  • Silver Medal – INDY International Wine Competition
  • Silver Medal – San Francisco Wine Competition

Our 2018 Estate Rose presents with aromas of pomegranate, white pepper and watermelon.  It is a veritable carnival of flavors and sure to please.

2018 Estate Chambourcin Rose

Awards:

  • Silver Medal – INDY International Wine Competition
  • Bronze Medal – American Wine Society

With aromas of wet bluestone, red cherry and pomegranate and a candied fruit flavor, this rose is simply unforgettable.

2016 Sangiovese

Awards:

  • Gold Medal – Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
  • Best Red – Fauquier Wine Competition
  • Silver Medal – Great American International Wine Competition
  • Bronze Medal – San Francisco International Wine Competition

2015 Estate Cabernet Franc

Awards:

  • Silver Medal – Wine Enthusiast
  • Silver Medal – Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
  • Silver Medal – New York Wine & Spirits Competition
  • Bronze Medal – American Wine Competition
  • Bronze Medal – INDY International Wine Competition

A fruity wine with a hint of spice, this medium-bodied wine contains notes of cedar, spice, dark cherry and bright red fruit.

2015 Celebration Red Blend

Awards:

  • Gold Medal – American Wine Society
  • Silver Medal – New York Wine & Spirits Competition
  • Silver Medal – INDY International Wine Competition

Our 2015 Celebration Red is a blend of 60.1% Merlot, 35% Cab Franc, and 4.9% Petit Verdot.  It is a very bright ruby red with crisp acidity. It’s medium bodied with a tannin structure, featuring flavors of plumb, violet and both red and black berries.

2016 Tradition Red Blend

Awards:

  • Silver Medal – INDY International Wine Competition
  • Bronze Medal – American Wine Society

This is a blend comprised of 85% Merlot and 15% Estate Cabernet Franc.  It features flavors of red and black cherry with notes of smooth oak and black pepper.  The contrast is delightful and is sure to please.

2015 Remembrance

This wonderful vintage is made from a blend of estate grown Chambourcin (75%) combined with Vidal Blanc (25%) with 2.4% residual sugar.  It features opening flavors of blueberry, raspberry and a hint of oak. If served chilled, it will enhance the acidity and bring out hints of citrus and crab apple flavors.

In addition to fantastic wines, we also have a variety of exceptional, wholesome foods for you to sample and enjoy when you come up for your wine tasting.  If you’re a music fan, be sure to check out our event calendar before planning your vineyard day trips near Washington DC as we regularly host local and regional musicians.  The combination of food, wine and music makes for the perfect afternoon.

If you’ve always been interested in and curious about the winemaking process, after your tasting, you can take a tour of our 20,000+ square foot production facility where you’ll get a behind the scenes look at how we do what we do.  It’s a fascinating process and you’re sure to enjoy the tour.

Another great reason to consider adding Blue Valley to your list of vineyard day trips near Washington DC is this:  We have a number of awesome venue spaces. If you’re planning a wedding, thinking about hosting an exclusive party, or looking for space for your next corporate retreat and you’re interested in breaking away from the boring old convention center scene, we have a total of seven wonderfully appointed venues capable of accommodating gatherings of all shapes and sizes.  Here’s a quick overview:

  • The Traditions Room (Capacity: 80) – Cozy, and delightfully appointed.
  • The Heritage Room (Capacity: 60) – Understated and beautiful
  • The Loft (Capacity: 120) – overlooks the Celebrations Room.  Often booked in conjunction with the Celebrations Room for particularly large events.
  • The Celebrations Room (Capacity: 200+) – Our largest space and our main wine tasting room when not booked for other purposes.
  • The Barrel Room (Capacity: 120) – A large, rustic event space.
  • The Cave (Capacity: 40) – A smaller, intimate event space and our most rustic.
  • And the Bridal Suite, for brides to be who want a winery wedding and need a place to escape and unwind before the big event!

Rather than write about how amazing each space is, we invite you to come and see them for yourself when you come spend the day with us.  We’ve got something for everyone and you won’t be disappointed!

We invite you to put Blue Valley Winery on your list of vineyard day trips near Washington DC and come take a firsthand look at everything we have to offer.  If you’re planning to come visit during our peak season, which runs from April through November, our hours of operation are:

  • Monday through Thursday: 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM
  • Friday through Sunday:  11:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

If you’re planning to come during the winter season, which runs from December through March, our hours of operation are:

  • Monday through Thursday:  11:00 AM to 5:00 PM
  • Friday through Sunday:  11:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Although we are open during most holidays, please note that we are closed on both Christmas and New Year’s Day.  Don’t hesitate to give us a call if you have any questions prior to planning your trip to spend the day with us.

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Terry Kaye

Terry Kaye is Blue Valley Vineyard and Winery’s exclusive events planner and consultant. Terry Kaye Events is a full-service event design, styling and planning boutique specializing in Vineyard weddings, social occasions, and corporate affairs in and around Northern Virginia and Washington, DC. From intimate gatherings to the most lavish of events, TKE will manage every aspect of your party with creativity, elegance, and grace.

Terry Kaye, Owner and Lead Event Consultant, has been in the event planning sector since 2000 and has over 18 years of hands-on industry experience. Previous employers include Marriott, Aramark and private planning firms. Her attention to detail, creative vision, and undeniable style guarantees a flawless execution of every event she plans.
Terry resides in the heart of Fauquier County with her husband, three boys and their dog named Sunny.

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