How to Prioritize a Visit to the Wineries in Fauquier County, Virginia

Updated: Oct 18


Wineries in Fauquier County

Virginia’s Fauquier County, with more than 27 wineries and vineyards, is a great place to sample some of the state’s iconic wines. Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and only 45 minutes southwest of Washington, DC, it’s an easy day trip or overnight experience.


The region is on the same line of latitude as Napa, California and Southern Italy, and can grow a wide variety of grapes. Some of the varietals you might sample include Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillion, Petit Verdot, Roussanne, Tramminette, Tannat, and Gruner Veltliner.


If you’re going to plan a day trip to the wineries in Fauquier County, we suggest that you concentrate on just one part of the county at a time. The western sections, closer to the mountains, will boast bucolic scenery but also some hilly, winding roads not for the faint of heart and sometimes iffy internet access. The southern section is close to Route 29, a two-lane highway and one of the main thoroughfares running North to South through the middle of Virginia. This area may be a good bet if you want easier access to the wineries or a wine tasting pit stop while traveling through.


Here are a few of the wineries in Fauquier County that we spotlight, with other nearby ones we recommend to round out your visit.


West: Linden Vineyards

Wineries in Fauquier County

Linden Vineyards, in Linden, is one of the oldest and best wineries in Virginia, This is a winery not to be missed. Owned by Jim Law, one of the leaders of Virginia wines, it’s best known for Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Bordeaux variety red blends. You feel like you’re in the middle of nowhere. It’s beautiful, and the wines are outstanding.


The winery provides tastings to nonmembers only by reservation, and does so the old-fashioned way, with personalized service, extensive education about what you’re tasting, and a lot of fun. We were lucky enough to meet Mr. Law at our last visit.


Other nearby wineries we’ve enjoyed include Philip Carter Winery and Chateau O’Brien at Northpoint Winery and Vineyard.


Northwest: Arterra Wines


Just a little north of Linden but also in Western Fauquier County is a cluster of wineries near Delaplane worth a trip. One of our recent favorites is Arterra Wines, right near the Appalachian Trail and Shenandoah River. It’s up a long road, so don’t get discouraged. Arterra uses native yeast, neutral oak, and no additives. The atmosphere – but not the wine – is rather earthy. The owners, Sandy Gray-Murray and Jason Murray also own and operate their art studio and gallery, Hawkmoth Arts, at the winery.

Wineries in Fauquier County

Other wines near Arterra that we’ve enjoyed include Three Fox Vineyard and Brewery, Delaplane Cellars, and Naked Mountain Winery and Vineyard.


South: Morais Vineyards and Winery