Heading west from Washington, D.C., may mean leaving traffic and a more frenzied lifestyle behind, but it definitely doesn’t mean lowering your expectations. You’ll know when you hit Fauquier County because you can feel the changes.
The fast pace of day-to-day life in the city seems to melt away. You see the beauty, charm, and wonder of Virginia’s country paradise and your options to enjoy them are many.
Taste award-winning wines
The Fauquier Wine Trail includes 27 wineries and may provide one of the most diverse experiences in the state. Arterra Wines and Hawkmoth Arts combines the owners’ passions for both creating art and making wine in one enterprise. A visit to Desert Rose Ranch and Winery takes you into the Old West with its décor, but the ranch is also a breeding and training facility for purebred Arabian horses. Fox Meadow sits at 1,700 feet of elevation and you can see as many as seven mountain ranges from the winery.
Molon Lave Vineyard features not one, but two tasting rooms with a three-tier outdoor pavilion and pond. Morais Vineyards’ facility reflects Old World architecture with modern amenities for major events. Naked Mountain Vineyard offers tours, tastings, and regular winemaker’s dinners while Pearlmund Cellars offers a wine tour and tasting on its farm dating to the 1740s.
The Carter family is considered the first family of American wine and Virginia wine history runs deep at the Philip Carter Winery. It was Charles Carter who was awarded a gold medal by the London Society for the Encouragement of the Arts in 1762 for his American wine.
Vint Hill Craft Winery lets you be the winemaker as you choose your level of participation in the process of crafting your own wine and label. Other wineries on the trail fill in the gaps of wine style and tasting experience.
The Fifth Street Wine Festival in Old Town Warrenton is June 4. You can experiment with the art and science of winemaking at three sessions of the Virginia Wine Camp at Vineyard’s Crossing June 12–14, July 24–26, and Aug. 7–9.
You’re in horse country
Fine horses are as common as fine wine in Fauquier County, and you’ll find them on display at the Upperville Colt and Horse Show, June 6–12. For a more active display, check out the twilight polo matches at Great Meadows every Saturday evening, June through September. The nearby village of The Plains offers great shops, galleries, and restaurants.
Whether you taste the wine, watch the horses, or venture into the park lands to hike or paddle, Fauquier will fascinate you and call you back.
Fauquier Co. Tourism: visitfauquier.com