From Washington, D.C, hop on 1-66 West and drive about 50 miles to Delaplane, Virginia. The area is known for fox hunts, farm-to-table agriculture, expansive country estates, and more working vineyards than any other on the east coast of the U.S. Most vineyards offer spectacular views of the surrounding mountain ranges, sure to enhance any visit to the area.
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Day trip Itinerary:
If you only have one day to visit Delaplane, we highly recommend visiting Barrel Oak Winery and Three Foxes Vineyards:
Barrel Oak Winery
3623 Grove Ln, Delaplane, VA 20144
Photo of a Wine Barrel at Barrel Oak Vineyards, Delaplane VA. Photo by cllo1789 / CC BY-NC_ND 2.0
When it comes to dog-friendly vineyards, Barrel Oak Winery, also known as (BOW), is the gold standard. This place loves dogs so much they have them on the label. Dog paintings and photos line the walls of the hilltop tasting room. Here, dogs and wine go hand-in-hand (err, paw-in-paw). BOW offers a variety of white, reds and dessert wines to try. Purchase a bottle then grab a picnic table on the hillside. Sit back and toast the canine-palooza!
Award Winning Wines: Petit Verdot, Norton, Reserve Stainless Chardonnay
Our Favorites: Meritage, BOWhaus Red, Seyval Blanc
Three Fox Vineyards
10100 Three Fox Ln, Delaplane, VA 20144
Photo of Three Foxes Vineyards, Delaplane VA. Photo by John M / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Three Fox Vineyards is a short drive from BOW. Here you can sample wines with dog and cat names and labels. The tasting room is a small building at the top of a hill. In the summer they set up a tent to serve the overflow of visitors. Surrounding the main house, you’ll find plenty of tables, chairs and sloping hills to enjoy a picnic with your dog. They even set up tables and chairs in the vines, so you can immerse yourself in the experience. Dogs are welcome in the tasting room, and on the patio and grounds.
Award Winning Wines: La Boheme Viognier, Piemontese Nebbiolo, Calabrese Pinot Grigio
Our Favorites: Gato Bianco
Weekend Trip Itinerary:
With so many vineyards in one area, it’s hard to not want to spend more time in Delaplane. If you have a whole weekend, there are plenty more wineries to visit. Also consider exploring some of the area’s other attractions, Sky Meadows State Park , antique shops, road side produce markets, to name a few.
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Delaplane Historic District
Historic Delaplane encompasses 24 buildings and 3 sites in the rural village of Delaplane. Notable buildings include two brick structures that were used as stores, stations, and warehouses during the mid-19th Century.
Photo of Historic Delaplane VA. Photo by Mark Plummer / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
Sky Meadows State Park
This 1,900-acre park is located on the east side of the Blue Ridge Mountains with 24 miles of trails and the 1860s Mt Bleak-Skye Farm. Every Memorial Day, the park plays host to the annual Delaplane Strawberry Festival. Pets are allowed in the park but must be kept on a leash no longer than 6 feet and kept under supervision while in the park. Pets are also not allowed in public facilities (bathhouses, visitor centers, park offices, restaurants, etc.)
The ruins of Rosewell Plantation, offer a unique look into colonial Virginia’s past. Begun in 1725, Rosewell was home to the Page family for more than 100 years. In 1916, a fire swept the mansion leaving just its shell.
Additional wineries to visit
Winding Road Cellars
4289 Leeds Manor Rd, Markham, VA 22643
Named after the long-winding road the winery is located off of, Winding Road Cellars offer a small selection of French style wines. Step into the tasting room and take in the pine woodwork, built by Amish craftsmen. Bring your own cheese and crackers, or purchase some Amish cheeses, crackers, oil and bread.
Philip Carter Winery of Virginia
4366 Stillhouse Rd, Hume, VA 22639
For the family that owns PCW, wine runs in the blood. They claim to be the producers of the first internationally recognized fine wines in America on October 20, 1762. Be sure to try their 1762 port, made from Chambourcin.
Cobbler Mountain Cellars
5909 Long Fall Ln, Delaplane, VA 20144
Where Ireland meets Virginia, you’ll find Cobbler Mountain Cellars. At this Irish-themed winery, you can picnic on the hillside, hike on Cobbler Mountain, and if brave, take a dip in the creek. Step into the tasting tavern and sample a Cab Franc or a Merlot. And don’t miss out on sampling their ciders too!