Operating out of a restored antebellum manor house, the Winery at La Grange offers opportunities to explore the estate, its property and the top-tier wines.
The Winery at La Grange is among a small number of corporate-owned wineries. This places them among a handful of Virginia producers not operated as a family-run farm winery.
A renovated Civil War-era manor house is the centerpiece of this venue. This makes it as much a private-event space as a spot of a summer afternoon with friends.
The tasting room has a fireplace, high ceilings, and wood trim. It contains details like the glass of Rose left on the mantel for the ghost of long-gone proprietor Mr. Bernoni. This is a nod to a place filled with history.
Downstairs, Bernoni’s Lounge is a fun hangout for short folks (the low ceiling will wreak havoc on hairstyles if you’re over 5’7” or so). Upstairs two, cozy parlors make you want to hide out past closing. Maybe you can experience the mood of the old house after the sun sets. Then you remember Mr. Bernoni and you think better of it.
Outside, an arbor of boxwood hedges creates a romantic tunnel drawing you to the dimly-lit barrel room. The lawn offers a distant view of a spectacular white mansion. The grounds are dotted with all manner of seating options. The outdoor fireplace patio conjures thoughts of how great it will be to rent this space for an evening.
The winery offers a limited number of estate-grown bottlings. It relies instead on high-quality partner vineyards to fill out their cellar. The $15 tasting lets you sample a large selection of wines.
It is a fun place with a great sense of humor.
The winery offers handicap parking at the wine production barn and the main tasting room is wheelchair accessible.
Groups of more than six cannot be accommodated at the at main house tasting bar.
Groups must call ahead for reservations.
The winery and its grounds are family friendly.
Private parties are welcome.
La Grange is pet friendly.
Parking is available for buses and RVs.
From Washington, DC, Fairfax, Manassas and areas East: Take I-66 West. Exit at Haymarket (Exit 40). Turn left at the top of the exit onto US-15 S. Go to the second traffic light and turn right on VA-55. In just less than a mile, turn at the first right onto Antioch Road. The winery entrance will be 3 miles North on the Left.
From Warrenton and areas South: Take US-29 North toward Gainesville. Turn left on US- 15 North toward Haymarket. Take a left at first light (Sheetz on Right) onto VA-55.In just less than a mile, turn at the first right onto Antioch Road. The winery entrance will be 3 miles North on the Left.
Thanks to Nancy Bauer of Virginia Wine in My Pocket for writing the original draft.