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“Scenic and relaxing”
Review of Bluemont Vineyard

Bluemont Vineyard
Ranked #2 of 8 things to do in Bluemont
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Reviewed January 16, 2012

Bluemont Vineyards has a commanding view of the Virginia countryside that makes it a great place to buy a bottle, get a few snacks (try the crusty bread) and spend a lazy afternoon on the deck. The wines are OK, not great, but the scenery makes up for them.

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Reviewed December 16, 2011

Perched on a hill in Bluemont, Va, this vineyard has a view that few could beat in the piedmont of VA. It overlooks all of Loudoun Valley, and on a clear day, they say you can see the tip of the Washington Monument.
We thought the wine was average, but not too pricey.

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Reviewed October 31, 2011

Obviously the Washington, D.C. area is famous for its historical monuments, Smithsonian museums and is the center for political celebrity sightings. What might not be as well known is that the areas outside of Washington, D.C. contain a vast array of wine vineyards. For someone who has lived in D.C. for as long as I have, visiting relatives soon grew tired of going to the Air and Space Museum and looking at the Washington monument. So if you’re looking for something different to do in the area, jump in your car and take a quick drive west or south to one of the hundreds of vineyards that Northern Virginia has to offer.

Because I was a little overwhelmed by how many choices the region had to offer, at the suggestion of my officemate, I decided to try out the Bluemont Vineyard in Bluemont, VA (about an hour west of Washington). It’s an easy vineyard to get to, just a few miles past Dulles International Airport. Be sure to have a car that can handle a little off-roading; getting to the main complex where the wine tasting and restaurant are requires you to drive down a pretty beat up driveway.

Once you get through the rocky road, the complex is located at the top of a hill and the view is spectacular. When you walk into the quaint, Bed and Breakfast style building, you’ll immediately want to go upstairs to where the wine tastings take place. For $5 you get to sample 8 different red and white wines, as well as get a little talk about the vineyard (a good portion of their wines are made with fruit from the farm across the road). It’s a pretty good deal considering you get in total about a glass and half of different wines.

After our tasting, we chose to purchase a bottle of their 2008 Vidal Blanc named “The Cow”. That along with a meat and cheese platter which we purchased off their food menu (their food menu consists of lots of appetizer style fare) we took our meal out to the deck and enjoyed the scenery. I highly recommend the meat and cheese platter which consists of 2 types of salami, and two types of cheese (one veggie cheese and one amazingly good spicy cheese) and a warm loaf of french bread. There’s plenty of seating outside on the deck and on the tables set up on the lawn, but on the colder days, it might be a little tight inside (although the fireplace did seem really nice, and I’d bet it’d be great during those winter months).

So if you have a free afternoon in the D.C. area, and you’re looking for something a little different to do – give the Bluemont Vineyard a try. It makes a great place to bring friends, a date, or if you have a bigger function, there’s enough room to have a wedding party and/or a family gathering.

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Reviewed September 10, 2011

My wife & I visit new Virginia winery every other weekend, so we have drank tons of northern Virginia wines this year already. Bluemont Vineyards has one of the most beautiful views from the balconys of their very quaint & nice 3-story Wine Tasting chalet. However, thats where the romance and niceties end...the Waite-staff are slow & unfriendly; they prohibit picnics or allow snacks to be brought from home, so they can exhorbitantly Price-gouge the customers; they make no effort to decorate the off-balcony areas such that people can feel serene and peaceful spread out from the building. The wines on offer at Wine Tasting counters were TERRIBLE tasting. They tast eas if they had mud/dirt in them (poor filtering control), tasted watered-down, with clear tinge of metalic bitterness; they were barely palatable. They proudly proclaimed that most of their wines were aged in Metal Drums, which oviously is one of the reasons their Wines taste so bad. Where did Virginia get the idea to age wine in Metal drums, just to maximize profits? After our Wine Tasting, I asked Waitress where everyone was buying the Norton Red Wine? I tasted the Grapes right from the Vine and they were very sweet and ripe. Obviously the wine is getting damaged between vine and bottling (by bad processes?). She told me that the Norton brand of wine is so well liked that they dont bother to allow that selection for Wine Tasting; she said the really good wines are not wasted on counter tasters. So, that means that Wine Tasters only get to sample the swill that is rejected by everyone else? With 20-plus alternate Vineyards to choose from within 20-miles of this Bluemont Vineyard...we strongly recommend that you make the effort to drive up the driveway and take a look at the countryside, but then you should immediately depart and find a better tasting vineyard to drink wine.

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Reviewed June 18, 2011

Great view is worth the trip - so good, that you can ignore the loud music and the unfriendly waitstaff -- during a recent wine tasting the waitstaff were angry that she could not be heard, but she directed her anger at us, the customer, instead of speaking to management about the live music which was too loud. I did not leave a tip. Also, their policy of bringing your own food has changed since last summer ..... now you must pay for their 15 dollar cheese plate -- which by the way, has also been reduced in size since last summer. The view is worth it and maybe purcahsing one glass of wine to see it is....but there are so many wineries in this part of Virginia you may want to consider trying others first.

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