Washingtonians like to drink. If you happen to be an oenophile who lives in the DMV area and want to see the process of how grapes turn into wine, there are several wineries nearby where you can witness the sausage being made (so to speak). Here are the best wineries near Washington, D.C.

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Barrel Oak Winery
3623 Grove Lane
Delaplane , VA 20144
(540) 364-6402
www.barreloak.comIf you who wants to bring the kids along, Barrel Oak Winery, located in Delaplane, Virginia, welcomes both children and dogs (it was once named the most child-friendly winery). For those who don’t want to deal with a packed tasting room on weekends, they also offer wine-pairing events for adults only. If you’re looking for more than just wine tasting, Barrel Oak hosts formal seated tastings (with food) at Oak Hill Estate, located next door. Reservations are required for the weekend tastings, but with price options from $25-75, it’s worth it. The cost for the general tasting at Barrel Oak Winery is $6. Open seven days a week, hours from May through November are Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

The Boxwood Winery
2042 Burrland Lane
Middleburg, VA 20117
(540) 687-8778
www.boxwoodwinery.comThe appeal of Boxwood Winery is that, if you’re a red wine lover, that is all they offer. Producing red wine in three styles, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Malbec, Boxwood Winery’s five types of grapes are certified by the French government even though they’re grown on the estate. They offer three different types of tasting (casual, preferred and indulge) that range from $20-55.  Summer hour for visitors are Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

North Gate Vineyard 
16031 Hillsboro Road
Purcellville, VA 20132
(540) 668-6248
www.northgatevineyard.comIf you’re an environmentalist, then North Gate Vineyard is for you. With green initiatives on location, including the use of solar energy, you won’t feel bad about leaving your footprint here at North Gate. Their tasting room is 100 percent solar powered and was built using local recycled green materials (including the wood bar and tables). The tasting fee is $7 per person. If you are a group of eight or more people, reservations are required. The group tasting fee is $12 per person. North Gate is only open to the public Thursday through Monday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Doukenie Winery 
14727 Mountain Road
Purcellville, VA 20132
(540) 668-6464
www.doukeniewinery.comVoted “Favorite Tasting Room in Virginia” by The Official Virginia Win Lover’s 2013 and 2014 Visitor’s Choice Award, Doukenie Winery is located near Blue Ridge. Offering a wide variety of white, red and dessert wines, Doukenie truly is the winery that has something for even the pickiest wine drinker. For those of you who like to drink and run, Doukenie Winery hosts an annual half-marathon that is limited to 3,000 runners to lessen the impact on the area. If you just want to visit the winery, they are open every day from 10 a.m. -6 p.m. with the exception of Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Naked Mountain Vineyard
2747 Leeds Manor Road
Markham, VA 22643
(540) 364-1609
www.nakedmtnwinery.comLocated in the Blue Ridge mountains, Naked Mountain Vineyard also offers a variety of white, red and dessert wines.  The classic tasting is $10 per person.  For groups of eight or more, tastings are $12 per person. The benefit of visiting Naked Mountain Vineyard is that they’re open seven days a week so if you want to day drink on a Tuesday afternoon, that’s possible. Hours are Monday through Sunday, 11 a.m. –  5 p.m. and Friday through Sunday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

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