The Dining Dish blog is Dara Bunjon's take on anything food, both national and in her hometown of Baltimore. Warning: this food blog can be harmful to your waistline.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Virginia Wine Country: Perfect for a day trip or long weekend

New grapevines to be planted at Fabbioli Cellars
Did you know that in 1996, Virginia had 46 active wineries and today, there are over 275?  Back in 2009 Travel and Leisure Magazine’s  articleWine-Lover’s Guide: 5 Regions to Visit Now” chose Virginia, representing the United States.  Loudoun County, an hour and a half drive from Baltimore, has over 45 wineries, making it an ideal day trip from Baltimore.

Our day trip was three wineries, three wine tastings. Don’t worry, we weren’t driving, we had Bruce Schutte of Wine Pro Tours, a wine aficionado or as he calls himself a cork dork, picked us up courtesy of Virginia Wine.  Bruce enlightened us on the drive to Loudoun County of the history of Virginia wine from the settlers to today’s burgeoning winemakers’ numbers, making Virginia one of the top five states producing wine in the United States.

Tarara Tasting Room
Each winery was and is different from the next. On our recent trip, we  tasted wines and toured the terroir.  Each, totally different from the next, each with their own tasting rooms, grounds and offerings. You can make if a family friendly trip, two of the three wineries Corcoran Vineyards and Fabbioli Cellars welcome children and leashed pets, Tarara is definitely geared to adult visitors.

Check out the podcast, full story and slideshow HERE.

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