Loudoun is an oenophile’s dream, and no visit to D.C.’s Wine Country® is complete without a tour or tasting at one of the county’s 40-plus wineries and tasting rooms. While you can visit Virginia wineries all year round, spring, summer and fall are really the best seasons to go. You’ll be able to listen and dance to live music under the stars, partake in specialty tours, enjoy delicious farm-to-table, wine-paired dinners and even participate in a wine country half marathon. Here are a few ways to explore Loudoun’s wine country. 

Wine lovers wanting to try this past year’s best wines from across Virginia can now do so in a fun and adventurous way. The Virginia Governor’s Cup Gold Medal Wine Trail is a mobile passport that maps out all the gold medal-winning wineries from the prestigious 2021 Virginia Governor’s Cup Competition. Loudoun County has five gold winners from 2021 on the mobile trail: Greenhill Winery & VineyardsBreaux VineyardsWalsh Family WineOctober One Vineyard; and Carriage House Wineworks. Visiting these vineyards will take you to all four corners of the county, but if you have time, be sure to also stop at 868 Estate Vineyards and The Barns at Hamilton Station Vineyards—winners, respectively, of the 2020 and 2017 Governor’s Cup!