Virginia winery tour

Hi! Well. Yesterday was a first.

I made my way deeeep into the heart of Virginia.. like real Virginia. Not the northern Virginia that you can access by subway, aka the only part I’m really familiar with. A few friends and I took a drive (read: got stuck in a lot of traffic) and did a few tastings at some local wineries around the Warrenton, VA area.

I love wine tasting, but have really only done so in northern California, with the exception of once in Virginia when I’d first moved to the area. It was so fun to do a few local tastings, though! Especially considering it was a ridiculously warm Saturday here, aaand I have no stinkin’ idea what’s going on in Virginia after the subway line ends.

Let me just say now that I have a horrible sense of Virginia geography. I’d never been that far outside the district before, and There were cows! And rolling farmland! And a whole lotta vineyards. 

My friend Beth works at another local winery in Virginia doing one of my dream jobs, and happened to have a ton of coupons for free tastings. First stop was Unicorn Winery, which, to be honest, sort of creeped me out initially just from its name. Unicorns? You tell me that doesn’t make you think of a Disney movie gone bad.

They redeemed themselves with this sucker at the end of the tasting though – a wine SLUSHIE. I want one of these machines for my apartment. It tasted like a Slurpee, only a million times more fun.

We also hit two other wineries in the area, Grey Ghost Vineyards and Narmada.(Grey Ghost Vineyard)

Tastings at Grey Ghost were $3. Um, deal? Plus they had a bit of southern history and charm thrown in there, so I was a big fan, minus the sweater vests that were extremely popular with the pourers. It sort of felt like we’d gone back in time.. to the 80s.

My favorite winery on our mini tour was the last one, Narmada!

I was having too good of a time once we got inside to actually snap any photos, but their wine was wonderful. Seriously. If I had a car here, I’d have begged for a job.

And I was hungover by 9pm. Who am I?


How is your weekend going? Ever done local winery tastings in your area?

5 Comments on Virginia winery tour

  1. Maureen
    January 8, 2012 at 11:47 AM (6 years ago)

    I LOVE visiting local vineyards! Luckily, where I live in CA, there are a million {maybe a little less} within a 2 hour drive from me.

    • joelle
      January 8, 2012 at 3:25 PM (6 years ago)

      Maureen: Ahh, I love California wineries!! My boyfriend is from that area as well as a lot of my good friends, and it’s just so pretty! And the wine tasting is lots of fun, of course. 🙂

  2. Beth
    January 8, 2012 at 1:20 PM (6 years ago)

    Wahooo wine tasting!!! Thanks so much for coming – we’ll do it again soon! And try some even yummier places next time :).

  3. Allison
    January 8, 2012 at 3:16 PM (6 years ago)

    Sounds awesome! I have lived in NoVA my whole life and love it for the fact that you can drive for 15 min to get into the city or 15 min west out to the rolling hills and farm land 😀 I’ve never done a winery tour but have been talking about doing one with my girlfriends for a while now… Should start planning!

    • joelle
      January 8, 2012 at 3:27 PM (6 years ago)

      Allison: I never realized it was so close! And yes, you should def plan a trip- we had a blast yesterday. 🙂


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