Flavors

Northern Virginia’s Best Places for Wines and Beers

The Northern region of Virginia is not only home to the Blue Ridge and Appalachian mountains, but it is also the residence of many distilleries, wineries, and breweries that produce some of the best alcoholic beverages in the country. These hotspots are amongst the handpicked favorites that many visitors have loved.

George Washington’s Distillery and Gristmill

George Washington was not only the father of the United States, but he was also the owner of the largest whiskey distillery during the colonial period in America. Located in Mount Vernon, the distillery continues on today even after the water-powered gristmill and distillery for corn and rye whiskey were reconstructed. Tours are available for curious visitors who want to know how whiskey was produced in the 18th century.  

La Grange Winery

The Winery at La Grange opened in 2006 and is known to be one of the first wineries in the Prince William County of Northern Virginia.

Along with an 18th-century manor house, they have a production facility and 8 acres of the vineyard where they produce varieties of grapes and wine such as Merlot, Norton, and Cabernet. The story of the manor house is also famous and surrounds the haunted Bull Run Mountains.

Effingham Manor Winery

Another historic home turned into the winery in the Prince William County of Northern Virginia is the Effingham Manor Winery. The main house dates back to 1767 when a man named William Alexander built it. The house is available for rent as an event venue for weddings. The winery produces award-winning wines which include their signature wine, the King’s Ransom along with some Chardonnay, Rose, and Sparkling wines.

MurLarkey Distilled Spirits

Visitors of the MurLarkey Distilling Institute can not only tour the distillery and learn the process of producing spirits, but they can also taste some of the creative and unique cocktails made from the distillery’s products. This spirit manufacturing facility is located in Bristow, Virginia, and is inspired by the Irish tradition. They specialize in making craft spirits in various flavors such as gluten-free gin, whiskey, and vodka in flavors such as cocoa, banana, and cinnamon.

Breaux Vineyards

A picturesque winery can be found in between the Short Hill Mountains and the Blue Ridge – the Breaux Vineyards. They are an award-winning operation, and they are known for being the largest producers of wine in the country. When visiting the Breaux Vineyards, visitors can have a tour of the winery, taste the wine, and enjoy live music performances. Celebrations such as weddings and parties for up to 400 guests can also be held at their grounds for a beautiful view of the vineyards.

Belly Love Brewing

Aside from the catchy name, beer lovers would also love the range of craft beers that are available in this Buddha-themed taproom and microbrewery. They have German lager, Belgian beer, and ales ranging from the double farmhouse-style to the IPA. These classic quenchers are paired with pretzels, cheeses, flatbreads, and others at the venue. You can find this casual venue in the downtown area of Purcellville.