Operating out of a historic manor house, Zephaniah Farm Vineyard is a charming family-run winery serving excellent wine.
The smallest Loudoun winery, Zephaniah is farmed by the Hatch family. The bought the land in the 1950s with proceeds from the sale of patriarch Zephaniah’s steamboat company. The estate, named Mill Road Farm, also produces Angus beef, lamb and honey.
Enter the tasting room through the back door of the 1830 manor house. The home was built by William Benton, who also built nearby Oak Hill, the home of America’s fifth president James Monroe.
Zephaniah is does seated tastings among the antiques in the manor’s library. A newer and larger tasting space was constructed next door, but it is used primarily for large groups and private events.
Outside, a casual jumble of metal chairs, lawn furniture, and picnic tables are available if you want to linger.
The vineyard was first planted in 2002. Today, Cabernet Franc is the primary grape, and grows along with Chardonnay, Petit Manseng and Petit Verdot.
You will want to linger on the lawn with your favorite wine at this stunning, rural location.
Thanks to Nancy Bauer of Virginia Wine in My Pocket for developing the original draft.