If ever you were in doubt about whether children are welcome at wineries (a la the ABC store), query no more. Your children are welcome with open arms and greeted with their own “juice” and acres of green to run off steam. Need proof?
Barrel Oak Winery in Delaplane was recently named the number one family-friendly winery by Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
For Mom and Dad: Award-winning wines like the 2009 Petit Verdot (13 medals and counting) and 2010 Chardonnay Reserve (8 medals including a Double Gold from the 2012 San Francisco Chronicle International Wine Competition).
For the Kids: A juice box, four kid-loving dogs, whimsical artwork, and plenty of open space to run and play as long as you’re watching them.
Desert Rose Winery in Hume boasts a western feel complete with horses corraled nearby.
For Mom and Dad: Snobs need not stop by this laid back cowboy atmosphere, but chocolate lovers are most welcome! Enjoy the Starboard paired with boutique chocolate – unbeatable!
For the Kids: A dedicated Kiddie Korner in the tasting room has plenty to keep them busy – games, books, and more.
Grayhaven Winery in Gum Spring is a quiet country retreat that welcomes picnic baskets for family relaxation.
For Mom and Dad: Small batches of carefully crafted wines and Sangria have received high praise from some wine critics. Mark your calendar for their signature event – South African Food & Wine Festival – September 8-9, 2011.
For the Kids: Playground, nature trails, horses to admire, and four sweet dogs to greet you.
Molliver Vineyards & Winery in Nathalie is a place the whole family will enjoy with lots of activities. Have an RV? Stay a while on the 134-acre wilderness property!
For Mom and Dad: Watch sports on the giant projection wall while sipping.
For the Kids: The family can enjoy hiking, picnicking, swimming, and fishing at the stream or pond.
Peaks of Otter Winery in Bedford is a a working farm and orchard with great views and a country life atmosphere.
For Mom and Dad: Fruit wines (my favorite is Light Pear), the fruit trees, picnic areas, creeks, and ponds, make this a great day trip everyone will enjoy.
For the Kids: Visit with the barnyard animals for a while.
Potomac Point Winery in Stafford as a Mediterranean feel to it with a Tuscan courtyard, olive oil bar, and authentic decor.
For Mom and Dad: The bistro menu, extensive wine shop, tasting, and facility tour will occupy as much time as you allow. The view down onto the vines is quite relaxing. Be sure to ask to see the cave (by appointment)!
For the Kids: The “Little Buds Room” has plenty to keep them busy, but they would enjoy seeing the cave, too!
Weston Farm Vineyard & Winery in Louisa began with 10 acres of grapes in 2005 and some guidance for the renowned Gabriele Rausse. 2010 was their grand opening.
For Mom and Dad: Several small-batch wines to choose from, including a Norton, Cabernet Franc, and a Rosso.
For the Kids: Interact with the rescue horses, miniature donkeys, and resident French bulldogs Charlie and Suzie.
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