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Virginia Named in 10 Best Wine Travel Destinations

Wine Enthusiast Magazine noted "historically significant sites, picturesque, pastoral landscapes."

Virginia is one of three U.S. destinations included in Wine Enthusiast Magazine's 10 best wine travel destinations for 2012. 

There are about 200 wineries in Virginia, including one in our own backyard.  is in Clifton.

According to Virginia Business, "Virginia is now the nation’s fifth largest wine producer and seventh largest wine grape producer. In 2005, the most recent year a study was done, Virginia’s then 120 wineries employed about 3,000 people and contributed nearly $350 million to the state’s economy on an annual basis."

An updated economic impact study is due in 2012.

Wine Enthusiast Magazine's recommendations include a visit to these Virginia wineries:

North Gate Vineyard in Purcellville

Sunset Hills Vineyard in Purcellville

Blenheim Vineyards in Charlottesville

Tarara Winery in Leesburg

Which Virginia winery do you recommend?  Tell us in the comments.

Anna Gibson January 07, 2012 at 05:37 PM
Virginia has some nice wines but it is always more fun to sample them at the vineyards. Great reminder of something fun to do on this gorgeous weekend!
Susan Larson (Editor) January 08, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Thanks, Anna!
Susan Larson (Editor) January 08, 2012 at 01:06 PM
Readers on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/BurkePatch) said about Paradise Springs Winery in Clifton: "We've been there and it's great!" - Rick "The wife and I were there last night. They do a nice Friday happy hour." - Chris "Yup, Paradise is awesome, and very reasonable!" - Micah
Patti Smith January 08, 2012 at 04:48 PM
I was taken to Potomac Point Winery for my 70th birthday and it was amazing! Details to follow. We traveled on asphalt then a dirt road; what opened to our vision was a beautiful italian designed building set high on a knoll with the vineard trailing down the slopes. The wine tasting was presented by a very knowledgeable staff around a huge granite bar. The wines were wonderful and very reasonable. Lunch on the terrance was delicious and in a pretty setting with tile flooring and tables under umbrella's. I would give this a 10 for wineries in VA!! Potomac Point Winery 275 Decatur Road Stafford, VA 22554 540-446-2266 Patti Smith
Karen Moore January 09, 2012 at 01:16 PM
I have to agree with Patti that Potomac Point Winery is a "must go". I went there last spring and had the same experience, a knowledgeable staff to do the tasting, very good wines and a gorgeous setting. The patio for lunch was a fun experience even in the short rain shower we had. I did not think my sandwich was anything special but I'll be happy to go back and try something different!
Susan Larson (Editor) January 09, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Thank you, Patti and Karen, for sharing your experiences at Potomac Point Winery!

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