Leesbug, VA.'s Wine Country, Wash.,DC
Loudoun County, VA
Leesbug, VA in the county of Loudoun, has a lot to offer besides an historic setting, fine restaurants, and low humidity this Summer. Less than an hour’s drive from Washington, DC on route 7 South and 7 West you’ll fall upon some of the most interesting terrain this side of the Mason-Dixon line.This is where the Civil War played out in full force.
We counted 23 wineries located in five drivable “clusters,” from small
10 acre plots to plots with over 400
acres, the largest being Breaux Vineyards which produces 12 different wines, with seven whites and five reds. The site now produces over 10,000 cases each year.
Their 2001 Merlot has earned a “Best in Class” distinction. Its Chardonnay and Syrah Rose labels are worth trying. And their 2008 Viognier has won a Double Gold award. Their 2005 Marquis de Lafayette-Cabernet Franc
is truly a find.
Another vineyard that favored us was the Hillsborough Vineyards with its “million dollar view” of the Blue Ridge Mountains, also located in the
town of Purceville on the Charles Town Pike. It uses 13 acres to produces eight varietals. Their wines except their newest, Onyx, are made from a multiple of varietals and are aged in French Oak. They’re named after gemstones. The Garnet 2006 label recently won a Gold medal. So did their Bloodstone 2006. And the Moonstone 2008 is a good bet. Soft-caramel, fully matured an creamy, with a hint of white raisins, this wine really stands out. The winery is open
Friday-Monday, 11-6 p.m. A nominal
tasting charge is requested. Call 540-668. 6216 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
The wines of Loudoun County are unique. The ambiance superb. So if traveling to the nation’s capital this Summer we suggest you detour to
Loudoun County and discover for yourself what being offered in this scenic part of the country.
Michael Zufolo reporting, July 5
The winery is open daily from 11-5 p.m.. Located in Purceville,VA on Breaux Vineyards Lane, the phone is:
1-800.492. 9961 or try :www.breauxvineyards.com
for more info.