The drive to Greenhill shows off the best of Virginia horse country. Every route is dotted with rambling old stone and timber houses, towering Dutch barns, rolling hills and wood fences.
In 2013, Greenhill took over from Swedenburg, one of Virginia’s earliest wineries, which had its first crush in 1987. So the estate has vines that are considered old growth. With good reason, the winery is proud of its “100% Virginia grapes” approach to winemaking. They produce wines for every palate.
The vineyards have recently been expanded. A new, two-story tasting room was also added. Take the opportunity to look at one of Virginia’s best barrel rooms and the state-of-the-art winery.
The real attraction is the perfect picnic lawn, a vast green blanket that rolls out for acres. Enjoy a picnic in the grass, claim on of the few picnic tables or just relax in one of the Adirondack chairs and take in the stunning view of the Bull Run Mountains.
Kids and pets are welcome.
Private parties and group tours available on weekends, but please call ahead.
The winery is wheelchair accessible and there is designated handicap parking.
Following the visit to the winery, backtrack a mile to Middleburg and explore this lovely little village. Stop for a bowl of Virginia peanut soup or fish and chips at the Red Fox Inn.
From Washington DC: Take I-66 west to US Rte. 50 west. Drive 21 miles to the entrance for Greenhill Vineyards. Turn left onto Winery Lane.
From points west of Middleburg: Take US Rte. 50 East. Drive through Middleburg. Drive one mile beyond the village, to the entrance for Greenhill Vineyards. Turn right onto Winery Lane.
Thanks to Nancy Bauer of Virginia Wine in My Pocket for developing the original draft.