October is a wonderful time to treat yourself to wine tasting. The air is crisp, the autumn colors are dazzling and the tasting notes dance on your tongue. Explore the editor’s hand-picked 10 best vineyards within a one-hour drive from the Potomac area. Soak up the lush scenery and pair it with the perfect wine. Cheers!

Rocklands Farm Winery & Market

Poolesville, Maryland | 30 minutes away                                                                                            

The 2015 Fieldwork won bronze in the Maryland Comptroller’s Cup. It is a sauvignon blanc and chardonnay blend displaying aromas of boxwood, passionfruit, grapefruit and apple.  

 $25-30 per tour. RocklandsFarmMD.com                                                                                                

Sugarloaf Mountain Vineyard                                                             

Dickerson, Maryland | 35 minutes away                                                                                                                                   

Nearly all of Sugarloaf Mountain’s vintages are award-winning. They recently placed in three international competitions and one regional competition.

 $10 per person for tasting. SMVWinery.com                                                                                                                             

Fabbioli Cellars

Leesburg, Virginia | 45 minutes away                                                                                                                                         

Fabbioli Cellars won silver for its 2014 zinfandel at the 2017 San Francisco International Wine Competition. 

$15 per person per tasting. FabbioliWines.com      

Stone Tower Winery

Leesburg, Virginia | 45 minutes away                                                                                                                                         

The view from the Tower Tasting Room planted high atop Hogback Mountain is as spectacular as the wines.

 $45-$50 per person for tour and tasting. StoneTowerWinery.com                                                                                          

The Vineyards & Winery at Lost Creek

Leesburg, Virginia | 45 minutes away                                                                                                                                       

The popular Rosa Natura is known to sell out quickly. What’s more, Lost Creek won gold at the 2018 Virginia Governor’s Cup for its 2015 reserve chardonnay.

 $15 per tasting. LostCreekWinery.com                                                                                                                       

Winery at La Grange

Haymarket, Virginia | 47 minutes away                                                                                                                                         

The 2014 Cab Franc and 2014 Meritage will pair nicely with the fall air during your tour. Winery at La Grange reinvents the history of winemaking as area vineyards existed in the 1800s and early 1900s.

 $15 per person per tasting. WineryAtLaGrange.com                                                                                                                                                                                      

Paradise Springs Winery

Clifton, Virginia | 50 minutes away                                                                                                                                           

The Mélange is a Bordeaux blend with aromas of red fruits and baking spices perfect for the fall season.

$25 per person per tour. ParadiseSpringsWinery.com                                                                                                                             

Sunset Hills

Purcellville, Virginia | 52 minutes away                                                                                                                                          Enjoy mountain views, pastoral old-world-style farm grounds and an Amish restored barn at Sunset Hills. The beautiful scenery is evenly matched with the award-winning wines.

Chrysalis Vineyards

Middleburg, Virginia | 55 minutes away                                                                                                                                         

Chrysalis Vineyards has a whole host of norton varietals that will tantalize your taste buds.

 $15 per person per tasting. ChrysalisWine.com                                                                                                                     

Three Fox Vineyards

Delaplane, Virginia | 60 minutes away                                                                                                                                           

The hillside vineyard is reminiscent of Tuscany. Kick back and relax while you enjoy one of the award-winning wines creekside in a hammock. 

Contact for tasting prices. ThreeFoxVineYards.com                                                                                                                   

Linden Vineyards

Linden, Virginia | 60 minutes away                                                                                                                                               

Winemakers at Linden see agriculture as art and create wines that are sure to please your palate.

$10 per person per tasting. LindenVineards.com