The culinary story of Loudoun includes a thriving wine industry and foods as diverse as the land that grows them. The Touring Guide to DC’s Wine Country: Loudoun, Virginia is a 144-page booklet designed to guide you along your journey of Loudoun’s food and wine experiences.
The Harmony Cluster is one of five driving “clusters” identified in the guide. So named for the nearby town of Hamilton, originally called Harmony, this cluster appropriately begins at Willowcroft Farm Vineyards, Loudoun’s first winery which was opened in 1984, marking the birthplace of DC’s Wine Country.
But before you depart, stop in South Street Under in Leesburg to pick up picnic provisions for your journey. Then head down two of Loudoun’s scenic byways, Rt. 15 south to Harmony Church Road that will lead you through serene wooded sections of Loudoun.
Willowcroft sits high atop Catoctin Ridge, and offers panoramic views of the Loudoun Valley. This cluster also includes stops at Zephaniah Farm Vineyard, Casanel Vineyards, and Dry Mill Vineyards, all new to the Loudoun wine scene and proving its growing reputation. Learn more about their stories in the Touring Guide. Sample the wines the author suggests and use the guide to make your own tasting notes – after all, wine tasting is as personal as winemaking!
At the end of your tour, have dinner at the Lightfoot Restaurant, one of Loudoun’s five Destination Restaurants. Situated across from the stately county courthouse in Leesburg, this turn-of-the-century bank, turned polished, exquisite dining space, is adorned with a rare and striking collection of 1920s original French posters. From fried green tomatoes to atomic crab cakes, and prime rib to peanut butter tortes, the food is imaginative and does not disappoint.
Last Updated: 4/27/2011 5:08 PM