Sometimes I think wineries in Northern Virginia fall into one of two camps: they have amazing views, great staff, beautiful facilities, and their wine isn’t great or they have great-tasting wine, a large variety with unique offerings, and their facility and/or staff isn’t great.
Enter Bluemont Vineyard. A winery with not only the most amazing views right outside Leesburg, VA, but a great selection of yummy wines with friendly staff and open, rustic facilities. Bluemont is one of my favorite wineries in Northern Virginia.
We’ve now been three times in the past few years. The first time, we went in June 2018, had an amazing tasting experience inside their tasting room (note: no air conditioning) with friendly, knowledgeable staff. The second time was a few weeks later for Fourth of July, where Bluemont has an annual celebration (save this year for COVID) – they stay open late, have live music and food trucks, and because of their view, you can sit back and watch fireworks go off everywhere across the skyline.
Our third time was this past weekend, where we weren’t really sure what to expect with COVID. Bluemont takes reservations online, so we booked a patio table for first thing Sunday morning and made the drive over from D.C.
We were one of the first people at the winery and were lucky enough to get a table right next to the wide open view.
We also booked our “tasting,” really a wine flight, in advance due to COVID. We overhead a server telling another table that they were sold out of the flights for the day, so be sure to do this when you make your reservation!
The flight included six wines – three white, one rose, and two reds – in a handy little container that is dropped off by your server. The flight includes tasting notes on each wine, so you can have a self-guided experience.
The flight unfortunately didn’t include their Viognier, which I remember really loving, and they had an unoaked Chardonnay in 2018 that was amazing but is now no longer on the menu.
It did include, however, both their Farm Table Red and Farm Table White – both quite tasty if a bit on the mellow side. The White was very light-bodied and a tad acidic with lots of citrus and lemon notes. The Red was a medium-bodied basic red wine with cherries and cranberries on the nose and a slight hint of spice.
However, the two wines that stood out the most were their Vidal Blanc, “The Cow” and their Rose, “The Donkey.” The Vidal Blanc was technically their sweetest wine yet not overly so at all. Pineapple on the nose with some light floral notes. The Rose was unusual – strawberries, of course, cherries, and it took me forever to finally name cranberries – a nice combination with medium acidity. In the end, I did a full pour of the Vidal Blanc.
Bluemont’s other gem is their food offerings – while some wineries offer pre-packaged cheese or some light snacks, Bluemont really takes it up another level. In 2018, I remember their baked brie and crab dip – amazing. This time, because we went on a Sunday, we finally got to sample their famous brunch, although only to an extent due to COVID. I ordered their Belgian waffle, and Ryan tried their avocado toast – both were amazing!
Our reservation was only for two hours, again due to COVID, but it was the perfect way to start a Sunday with beautiful weather (no humidity for once!). I recommend doing either an early or later time – as we were leaving, the winery was starting to be a little packed.
Bluemont is such a great place to spend the day, and the views can’t be beat. Even with the interesting COVID overlay this time around, it remains one of my favorite wineries in Northern Virginia.