The Barns at Hamilton Station & Stone Tower Winery
It's the perfect time of year to start hitting the Virginia wineries for a weekend day trip or getaway. I'm always amazed by the beautiful countryside and the lush green rolling hills where many of the wineries are set. This past weekend some friends and I went out to Leesburg for the day to celebrate a friend's birthday. We rented a bus from Reston Limousine, and started our day with a drive out to The Barns at Hamilton Station, followed by a tour and tasting at Stone Tower Winery in Leesburg. The two stops were very different, but each provided a great look and taste of what the Virginia wine scene has to offer.
We pulled up to The Barns at Hamilton Station and I could immediately tell it was both understated and welcoming. The first thing we saw was a barbecue food truck parked out front, and I knew I was going to like this place. It's a beautiful plot of land with the tasting room set inside of an old barn. Since we were a group of 15, they had a really nice table set up for us downstairs where we had the chance to taste five wines and then enjoy the back outdoor patio afterward.
The winemaker at The Barns at Hamilton Station is Michael Shaps who spent years living in Burgundy and moved back to Virginia in the mid 1990's to start making wine. The wines we tasted included a Chardonnay, the Bank Barn White, the Bank Barn Red, a Meritage, and their rosé. My favorites included the Chardonnay which is fermented for 3 months in french oak and 6 months in stainless steel. I also enjoyed the rosé which we chose to continue drinking on the patio after our tasting was over. In addition, there was live music on Saturday and we were able to bring our own snacks as well as grab food from the barbecue truck to create our own outdoor picnic under the shaded areas outside.
The Barns at Hamilton Station is located at 16804 Hamilton Station Road, Hamilton, VA 20158
If you're looking for a lively experience that includes gorgeous views, live music, an outdoor picnic, family fun, and lush rolling hills, then you should look no further than Stone Tower Winery. Upon pulling up to the winery it's hard to not be wowed by the amount of things taking place at Stone Tower. There is a gorgeous family-centric barn that includes tastings, food, and a large outdoor picnic area to hang out and enjoy the weather and wine as well as some treats. On the other side of the barn is the Tower View Tasting Room that is an adults-only experience for those 21 and older. This past weekend there was live music, a ton of parties, and they were setting up for weddings to take place that evening. We scheduled a full tour and tasting and had the chance to explore the lot both inside and outside as well as to taste many of the wines as we toured.
Stone Tower has some of the better Virginia wines I have tasted. My other favorites to-date are from Linden Vineyards and Early Mountain Vineyards. We had the chance to sample the Sauvignon Blanc, the Viognier, their Wild Boar Cabernet Sauvignon, and of course their rosé. Given the hot day we decided to buy a few bottles of the rosé and Viognier to enjoy under the sun outside when the tour and tasting had concluded. I was impressed with how well organized the crew at Stone Tower was given how crowded it was. It was nice that we were able to book a tour for a large group beforehand so everything was ready for us when we arrived. Stone Tower is one of the best Virginia wine experiences there is, and I highly recommend you make it one of your stops if you are looking for a weekend activity.
Stone Tower Winery is located at 19925 Hogback Mountain Road, Leesburg, VA, 20175