This summer I’ve spent some time exploring what Virginia has to offer outside of the suburban sameness of NoVa. I recently added another lovely journey to the list – Purcellville, VA. Just over an hour from DC/NoVa and perched on a hill overlooking the countryside, Bluemont Vineyard looks a world away from the city.
(A view from the patio)
I went with a friend and her family, and we didn’t do a tasting, so I can’t review all of their wine, but what I did try was delicious: a Meritage and Vidal Blanc (I think? May have been Viognier…). To top it off, on Saturdays they BBQ ribs on the roof. Does it get any better than that?
According to google, the tasting fee is $7, so very reasonable for the quality of the wine. My advice: grab some ribs, open a bottle, and sit out in the shade of their patio. You couldn’t ask for a better afternoon!
(The winery, from the side.)
(Me, in the vines.)
(The view from the yard, a large area with seating and room for games. I saw one group playing cornhole.)
If you’re looking to soak up the wine with some dinner afterwards, head over to Magnolias at the Mill, a restaurant 15 minutes away in Purcellville proper. It has a cozy feel with homemade quilts hanging from the wooden walls, and the menu has something for everyone (seafood, salads, sandwiches).
Surprise bonus: If you go to dinner at Magnolias, you may be in for the added bonus of a celebrity sighting. We spotted Robert Duvall at dinner, who apparently lives nearby and frequents businesses around town. We may or may not have taken a couple extra walk-bys. (And, I may or may not have had to google image search him. I’m bad with actors’ names! If you’re also struggling with placing him, think back to classics like True Grit and The Godfather).