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 Loudoun Heights Cluster is one of five driving “clusters” identified in the guide, so named for the area in northwest Loudoun where the cluster is located. This cluster is home to arguably the best views in all of Loudoun, from Breaux’s sweeping vistas from its “Mediterranean-meets-Napa” style estate to the stone deck of Bluemont Vineyard at 951 feet, which on a clear day offers a glimpse of the Washington Monument in Washington, D.C., 60 miles away!
Before you depart on your journey, stop in Hill High Country Store to pick up picnic provisions for your journey, including deli sandwiches and barbecue, and one of their famous pies.
During your trip you will enjoy tastings in an 1840s stone barn and sit on a stone patio overlooking luxuriant gardens filled with an array of lush plants and fragrant flowers, and listen to the soothing sounds of a koi pond. You will enter a manicured estate through wrought iron gates. And you will step foot in a winery and home that was featured on the Home & Garden (HGTV) television network show “Dream House.“ The stories of the winery owners and winemakers are as unique as each of their wineries, but one thing is sure, they all have ambitious spirits. 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 Magnolia’s at the Mill Restaurant in Purcellville, one of Loudoun’s five Destination Restaurants. Housed in a restored 1905 mill, it offers a cozy ambiance with an upbeat vibe. The menu is inspired both by the chef’s Italian background and by Southern traditions.
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