Pros: Great Northern Virginia Winery, excellent location, great history, good wines
Cons: No restaurant, no overnight, can be crowded at times
Paradise Springs Winery is a great taste of Virginia! This winery is a must if you appreciate wine and looking for a great winery to visit in the D.C. area. (It’s really one of the few wineries in the Northern Virginia area) The winery is rich with history and has a great story behind it. There are about 225 wineries in the Virginia area, my wife and I have been to only a handful of full of them, but I can’t imagine an experience topping the one we had at Paradise Springs.
My wife and I didn’t have plans on Sunday and decided to take a trip to Clifton to stop by a wine shop we had enjoyed before. On our way to Clifton we noticed a winery sign. Paradise Springs has been mentioned previously by friends as being a great place to meet friends and have a good time, and we decided to take book a tour of the winery that day.
We called around 1:00pm to hopefully get our name on the only tour of the day, a 3:00pm tour. We were happy to be accommodated as most wineries require 24 hours in advance and won’t budge the day of.
The drive to the winery is a beautiful drive. The roads out to the Clifton area are small two lane roads used only for access to the town and residents who live in the area. There can be some minor traffic on the road from tourists and people using it as a scenic cut through from the busy traffic. The winery is tucked far back from the main road which is a surprise to the amount of people that tend to flock to the winery.
We arrived to the winery at around 2:30pm. The winery is surrounded by trees in 35 acres. The vineyard seems small to the 126 tons of grapes that is used to make the wines for the season. There is various parking in the area, by the cabin (the first building you see) which is actually the old wine tasting area, the large barn in the back is the actual tasting room and winery. As you walk into the barn you automatically get a sense of the atmosphere. The room is very open, with a barrel room to the left, tastings on the right, the room is lined with tables and areas for gatherings and groups. Looking to the back you see the tasting room.
We signed up for the full tour and tasting which cost $25. Per a person. We checked in and the instructed us to meet on the deck at 3:00pm. As my wife and I stood around the middle of the room taking in the overall senses of the winery, we were met by Richard the tour guide. At first I wasn’t sure of what to think about the upcoming tour. Richard gave off a friendly yet business feeling. As we made small talk hoping to have more join in on the tour, we began to realize we were in for a private tour. Richard grabbed the items for the tour and we made our way to the front to start the tour. We started off with sparkling wine which was not bad and almost celebration for the upcoming tour. The tour continued on to the cabin as he began to discuss an overview of the family and start of the winery. The cabin itself is closed off except for tours and events, which is sad due to the set up and significance of it in relation to the history of the winery. While in the cabin, Richard had us try several white and the beginning of our red wines. The winery did something outstanding and very interesting, “Junk Food Paring”! How awesome of an idea is that and a great new perspective to wine tasting trying different wines with chips and sweets which went well together. The rest of the tour was amazing as I will leave some up to mystery but well worth the trip. The barrel room is awesome and there is no where else you will get the aroma of what wine should be but from that room.
Richard was beyond hospitable and was able to answer all questions throughout the tour. He definitely made the tour great and took his time not rushing us through the process. You would have thought only dealing with two people he would have tried to get through the tour, actually a tour was supposed to last 1 hour lasted just over 2! We enjoyed every minute of it and plan to do the whole tour again just for the experience! Thank you Richard!
We didn’t get a chance to enjoy the live music that was playing while we toured, although it sounded great and seemed to have great reviews as we left. The winery only does an assortment of breads and cheeses which is great but I would love to have a restaurant or access to other foods while enjoying wines.
We definitely recommend the tour, if not the tasting and spending some time enjoying a glass of your favorite wine and live music. Good wine and great times are to be had here! I strongly recommend it!
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