As three roommates with completely different schedules, we never have a day off together. NEVER. So when we found out we all had this past Sunday off together, after the squealing subsided, we knew we had to make plans immediately. First thought… WINERY. There are so many wineries to choose from in Virginia but after a little research the Bluemont Vineyard in Loudoun County looked like the such a beautiful option.
A smaller house sits at the bottom of the hill, used most appropriately for weddings. The vineyard house and tasting room sits at the top of a large hill covered in beautiful rows of grape vines. Theres three great options for seating. The lawn the the right of the house with a massive wood table top wrapping around the edge. And the double level tasting rooms both open up to large back porches over looking the vines and out into the Virginia mountains. Nothing like cheese, wine and a stunning view.
Their way of serving food is quite clever. You simply walk up to bar in the tasting room, order your food, and check in about 10 minutes at their “pick up” table. Leaving more time for staff to fill wine glasses! Both roommates ordered flatbread pizzas that smelled amazing. I opted for the Baked Brie; a circle of creamy brie, topped with Setter Mountain wine jelly and slivered almonds and served with warm ciabatta bread. I don’t think I even need to tell you that I basically licked the plate clean. The wine jelly paired perfectly with 951 Merlot from my Farmstand tasting flight.
We live on Nelson St. and have since named our house Nelson, talking about it like a sweet old suave man that looks after us. While sitting on the back porch at Bluemont, we noticed this perfectly suave individual in all shades of green and patterns, enjoying a pizza and entire bottle of red wine by himself. He was so content with his single table watching the many visitors, recognizing return visitors and writing in a small journal. My only regret from the entire day is not walking up and taking a moment to have a conversation with this interesting man we named Nelson.
If you live in the area, definitely take a day to visit Bluemont Vineyards. Enjoy the view overlooking the mountains and vines, sip on a flight of wines and chow down on amazing wine snacking foods.