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“A Great Taste of Virginia!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Paradise Springs Winery

Paradise Springs Winery
13219 Yates Ford Rd, Clifton, VA 20124
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Ranked #1 of 6 Attractions in Clifton
Type: Wineries, Food & Drink
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Woodbridge, Virginia
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“A Great Taste of Virginia!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

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!

Visited November 2012
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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“Great date spot!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

It's very nice that you are able to sample all the wines for only $20. Also, the list has pairing suggestions that are available for purchase. We sat on the outside area next to the fire and it was very relaxing with the woods in the background and the couches. Will definitely be back! :)

Visited October 2012
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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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“A great place to relax with friends/family”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

4 of us had a very enjoyable time at Paradise winery. We did the tasting for $10 and enjoyed their wines very much. We then bought a couple of bottles, and some cheese and a baguette and sat at a sunny table on the back deck, listening to live music and enjoying the wine and cheese. A great afternoon at a beautiful place. Very scenic.

Visited October 2012
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“Enjoyable visit”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

My husband and I recently visited Paradise Springs Winery with a group from our church. We each paid $15 for the tasting experience which included nine different wines. The tasting was professionally presented, yet comfortable and unassuming. The pace was perfect, neither rushed nor boring. The tasting room is temperature controlled, immaculate, and roomy enough for a group our size. In fact, two groups our size could fit comfortably at the same time. There were several food items available for purchase, if you wanted to have an impromptu picnic. They also had a nice selection of wine related items such as corkscrews, glasses, decorative serving utensils, etc. Several people in our group of 11 purchased wine or other items after the tasting.

We had planned in advance to have a picnic with our group after the tasting. There are picnic tables on the grounds as well as on the porch. It was a very hot day, so all the tables inside were occupied. The only disappointments I had regarding the picnic, were the number of bees (I don't know if it can be helped, considering the environment, but beware) and the fact that we couldn't find a single trash receptacle. We appreciated the opportunity to have a picnic, which is clearly acceptable per the winery's website, but thought it was unacceptable not to have anywhere to put our trash.

Overall, I would recommend the winery as

Visited July 2012
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Herndon, Virginia
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“Great Winery”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2012

My husband and I recently visited Paradise Springs Winery and loved it. We tasted 9 wines and liked them all. The tasting fee is $10.00. The winery is large with an indoor tasting bar and lots of places to sit with couches and tables. We especially liked the wine barrel tables. There is a porch with many tables and picnic tables around the grounds. The staff is very nice and explains the type of grape, fermentation, aging, acidity, fruit and finishes of each wine. They have cheeses, meats, crackers, etc. for purchase, or they also invite you to bring your own picnic, which is what we did.

Visited July 2012
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