Virginia and Maryland are full of places to go wine tasting. An hour's drive from Washington gets you to several vineyards in either state and it makes for a great half-day trip outside of the nation's capital. Here are some of the closer vineyards:
Capitol Vineyards (3600 Sage Road, Delaplane, Va.) is just an hour outside of Washington in Delaplane, Va. The vineyard, which opened in early 2011, features tastings and tours of the vineyard. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 845-598-2662.
Linden Vineyards (3708 Harrels Corner Road, Linden, Va.) features wine tastings, educational tours and private cellar tastings. The fees range from $5 to $15 and educational tours are every Saturday and Sunday at 11:30 AM. The quietest days to visit are Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. The main house has a beautiful deck for taking in the Virginia countryside. Contact: 540-364-1997 or email@example.com.
Boxwood Estate Winery (2042 Burrland Road, Middleburg, Va.) is nestled in a beautiful historic town in Virginia. Tours and tastings are done by appointment only and are $20. The tours are 45 minutes. Contact: 540-687-8778 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frederick Cellars (221 North East St., Frederick Md.) offers $5 tastings for five wines or $8 tastings of any available wines. Tours are free. The vineyard is also near Frederick, a historic town that's great for walking around. Contact: 301-668-0311 or email@example.com
Penn Oaks Winery (11 Midhurst Road, Silver Spring, Md.) opened in 1997 with a heavy European influence by its owners. It offers Germanic whites and a few reds. Tours and tastings are by appointment only. Contact: 301-562-8592
Romano Vineyard and Winery (15715 Bald Eagle School Road, Brandywine, Md.) is in the rural region of Prince George's County. The vineyard is open every 2nd and 3rd Saturday September through December. Then it's by appointment only. Contact: 301-752-1103