Raise a Glass to Wine Tasting

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By Janet Cass

There are as many ways to enjoy wine as there are people who drink it. Wondering where you can stop in for a sommelier-curated glass to relax and unwind? Perhaps you prefer wineries nestled into 18th-century architecture and serene landscapes. Or maybe you’re seeking unique vintages, a tour of a soil-to-bottle winery, or places that offer both self-guided tastings and professionally guided ones. Whatever setting you prefer for experiencing wine, you’ll find it in the Prince William area. Cheers!

Aroma Wine Tasting I
9249 Center Street | Manassas | 540-935-8320

Aroma Wine Tasting I. Photo by TJB Studios

Aroma Wine Tasting I in Manassas is operated by Morais Vineyards & Winery, inspired by the Morais family’s history as Portuguese vintners. Among Aroma I’s wines are those honoring the art of winemaking by being produced without machinery, which preserves the wines’ delicate Portuguese flavor. These
wines are Battlefield (Vinho Verde), made from the Portuguese Albarino Varietal; Touriga Nacional; and all Aroma I dessert wines: Moscatel, Jeropiga, and Cherry Wine. Aroma Wine Tasting I offers tastings, flights, bottles, glasses, and slushies at its tasting bar in Manassas, serving the same wines available at the winery, plus limited-release wines. Seats are first come first served, with private rooms available to rent for large groups and events. Cheeses, charcuterie, and crackers are available for purchase to pair with the wines. There is plenty of on-site parking. Outside food is permitted. Aroma Wine Tasting I also has a tasting room in Haymarket.

Aroma Wine Tasting II
14871 Washington Street | Haymarket | 540-729-4823

Aroma II

Aroma II Wine Tasting

Aroma Wine Tasting II offers tastings, flights, bottles, glasses, and slushies at its tasting bar in Haymarket. Operated by Morais Vineyards & Winery, it serves the same wines available at the winery plus limited-release wines. Seats are also first come first served here, with private rooms available to rent for large groups and events. Visit Aroma II’s Facebook page to learn about food and wine-pairing events at which you can sample wines and learn about pairing. Other events, such as trivia nights, are also listed on this Facebook page. Aroma Wine Tasting II has a tasting room in Manassas.

Bottle Stop Wine Bar
311 Mill St. | Occoquan | 703-494-1622

Bottle Stop Wine Bar is a multiyear winner of Wine Spectator magazine’s Best-of Award of Excellence. Bottle Stop’s wine program, curated by its sommelier-owner, offers more than 25 wines by the glass and more than 300 bottles complementing Bottle Stop’s bistro-style cuisine. This neighborhood restaurant-wine shop features make-your-own flights from a rotating selection of wines, monthly wine club, and quarterly wine-pairing dinners. Enjoy wine and dinner at the bar, in the dining room, or on the patio, then take home a bottle of your favorite. Visit bottlestopwinebar.com to learn about upcoming events and to make reservations.

Effingham Manor Winery
14325 Trotters Ridge Place | Nokesville | 703-594-2300

effingham manor

Guests learning at a tasting at Effingham Manor Winery. Photo by Effingham Manor staff.

Effingham Manor Winery occupies a picturesque landscape that includes an 18th-century manor house. Explore its grounds, containing picnic tables, firepits, koi pond, and porches. Wine tasting, sampling, flights, and bottle service are available at the winery building; tastings are also available in the manor house’s original first-floor reception and dining rooms.

The house’s second-floor rooms provide an inviting setting for enjoying a glass of wine amidst the ambiance
of wide-plank wooden floors from the 1700s. On the last Friday of the month, May through October, the winery is open until 9 p.m., hosting live music and food trucks. Public events are held throughout the month; check their website for information. Effingham Manor hosts private and corporate events.

Nokesville Winery
12593 Foremost Court | Nokesville | 703-330-3467

Nokesville Winery

(Photo by Robert Delaney)

Nokesville Winery is a soil-to-bottle vineyard and winery. As a small, family-run enterprise, it doesn’t outsource any part of wine production. Its flagship grape is the Norton, America’s oldest wine grape, first cultivated in Richmond with native vines in the 1820s. These grapes typically produce robust, fully flavored,
deeply colored, wines. Norton wines produced here have a rich, fruity aroma with notes of plums and tart cherries.

Nokesville Winery won a Gold Award for its 2021 Norton and a Silver Award for its 2021 Pinot Grigio at the
2022 USA Wine-Rating Competition. Open by reservation only; visit the website to reserve tastings, private events, private seating in the barrel room or vineyard, and tours. Personalized tours include the owner or winemaker guiding guests through the processing area and vineyard. See website for events and special offers.

The Winery at La Grange
4970 Antioch Road | Haymarket | 703-753-9360

The Winery at La Grange. Photo by Katie Lee

The Winery at La Grange, Prince William’s oldest established winery, occupies an 18th-century manor house surrounded by an extensive vineyard. Guided wine tastings in the manor house include seating in historic parlor rooms and rustic cellar. You can learn more by joining the winery’s Wine Club. Special events open to the public include wine dinners with local chefs. The Winery at La Grange is family friendly, and leashed dogs are welcome in the outdoor spaces. Visit the website for information about bookings, reservations, and the 150-person event space.

The Winery at Sunshine Ridge Farm
15850 Sunshine Ridge Lane | Gainesville | 703-753-9500

The Winery at Sunshine Ridge Farm is the only local winery with a view of Lake Manassas, seen from all its rooms, including its rustic tasting room. Set on 20+ acres of land, this locally owned and operated winery offers indoor and outdoor event venues. Register for yoga by the lake in the morning, enjoy a glass of wine afterward, and learn about additional events by visiting the website. Join them for food trucks and live music every weekend in season, with a schedule of musicians on the website. Guests must be 16+.

Janet Cass is a contributing writer for Prince William Living.


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