Washington DC has the benefit of being right in the center of some spectacular wine country! The nation’s capital has a near countless number of scenic, and must-see wineries and vineyards to experience. The best part of it all? It’s just within driving distance! We love these wine weekend destinations within 5 hours of Washington DC.

That makes these wine destinations just a short drive from DC, before you’re right in the heart of some delicious handcrafted wines inspired by the beautiful landscapes and people who make these places their home. Whether you’re visiting, or a seasoned local these 7 wine weekend destinations within 5 hours of Washington DC are a great way to escape! 

Check out These Wine Weekend Destinations Within 5 Hours of Washington DC 

These are the little hidden gems surrounding the Potomac that are the perfect getaway for some wine lovers in and around DC! Jump in your car, and enjoy a short road trip to some wonderfully scenic wineries! 

Big Cork Vineyards

Rohrersville, Maryland 

Big Cork vineyards wine country Washington DC

Big Cork is a big winery and vineyard, with an even bigger heart! This picturesque, scenic vineyard will capture your heart with its rolling vines and impressive horizons. This place is absolutely idyllic, nestled in the gorgeous landscape surrounding this friendly winery.

Big Cork welcomes visitors to their flashy and modern wine tasting room. Here you’ll find ambiance and enjoyment in droves. Their signature ‘make it your own’ wine tasting experience is unique in itself. We recommend ones of the house favorites, their very own Petit Verdot to take home with you after your stay! 

Rock Bridge Vineyard 

Ralpine, Virginia 

Rock Bridge Vineyard Ralpine Virginia

This is the pinnacle of Shenandoah Valley wine country! Nestled right in the valley itself, this wine destination will have you soaking in some truly spectacular views. Steeped in history and culture, you can find a lot of Americana in this region, making it the ideal destination for history lovers who fancy themselves a wine tasting.

For a farmhouse tasting experience, Rock Bridge Vineyard is the place to be. Your instagram page won’t be in short supply of stunning views, or heartwarming venues. Enjoy any one of their house made wine flights, inside their relaxing tasting room or among the silos and vineyard rows. 

Early Mountain Vineyards 

Madison, Virginia 

Early Mouintain Vineyards madison Virginia

Rolling hills and generous vistas greet visitors to this much-loved Virginia favorite. Early Mountain Vineyards welcomes you to a world of wine possibilities, with glass after glass of exceptional flavors. This is one of the most highly acclaimed tasting room experiences out there, and for good reason! You can sit back and enjoy a relaxing tasting in a light and airy interior space that puts the wines in the spotlight. Be sure to check out the event calendar to learn about their live music offerings, too! 

Knob Hall Winery 

Clear Spring, Maryland 

Knob Hall winery clear spring Maryland

Lush greenery and calming countryside views are the backdrop to your all-American homestead tasting at Knob Hall winery. The welcoming Cumberland Valley is the home of this quaint and kindhearted establishment, just a short distance from DC. You can experience wine tastings in a 200 year old barn, which sets the stage for your wine destination getaway, right out of a day dream!

Countryside, farm animals and live music surround a tasting of their prestigious wines all produced on site. Check into their bed and breakfast for a real getaway experience! 

Boxwood Winery 

Middleburg, Virginia 

Boxwood Winery Middleburg, Virginia

Seemingly endless rows of grape vines make this idyllic winery a real treasure to behold. You’ll also revel at the jaw dropping atmosphere thanks to a picture-perfect tasting room and facility.

Boxwood winery is a passion project of former Washington NFL franchise owner John Kent Cooke. You can appreciate his love of the craft in every sip of premium wines produced to Bordeaux standards. This is a great example of Virginian wines at their best, available for your to taste on their beautiful premises.  

White Horse Winery 

Hammonton, New Jersey 

Wine Horse Winery Hammonton New Jersey

A real jewel of New Jersey, this adorable, and lively winery is chock full of character and memories! Make some of your own by taking this scenic road trip to a little winery you won’t soon forget. White Horse winery invites you to slow down, escape the hustle and bustle and enjoy some wonderful East Coast wines.

Their own B&B, The Farmhouse offers you and your friends a place to retire after your trip, before enjoying a gourmet breakfast and making your way back to DC the next morning. The winery itself is a lovely establishment that captures your heart and imagination before you even sit down. We wholeheartedly recommend their luscious Rose, the WHW Custom Series sweet.    

Batton Hollow Winery 

Lost Creek, West Virginia 

Lost Creek, West Virginia Batton Hollow Winery

This West Virginian local favorite houses some spectacular wines that are more than worth the short drive from DC. Their facilities are like a countryside getaway you can escape to enjoy some wine, friendly atmosphere and big sky.

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Their selection of wines is entirely locally produced, including their own labels of red and whites. They’re more than happy to usher you in for a tasting of their premium quality, locally grown wines. Just stop by and tell them you made the hike from DC for their grapes! Just don’t forget to bring home some bottles! 

If you enjoyed any of these wine weekend destinations within 5 hours of Washington DC be sure to let us know! These are all well within 5 hours and under drive from the heart of DC, meaning you’re well within reach of some incredible wine tasting experiences. See the grapes where they’re grown, and find your next favorite countryside retreat in any one of these friendly and welcoming family-owned wineries. Here you can let loose, enjoy some local wines and make memories to kick off your wine travels throughout these gorgeous scenic regions. For more wine inspired notions, check out @aspiringwinos on instagram!   

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