Located on the picturesque John Mosby Highway (Rt. 50), between Aldie and Middleburg, Cana Vineyards and Winery opened in late 2012.
Cana works hard to be many things to many constituencies, and succeeds on all fronts. Visiting as a couple? With a group of friends? Need a place for the kids to run? Don't want to leave the doggie home alone? Wedding venue? Check, check, check and check.
Downstairs, hang-out options include huge, shaded patios, vast lawns, and four primo Adirondacks planted front and center next to the vineyards, with a view of the mountains in the distance. Upstairs -- and many patrons will cheer long and loud for this -- private TV-viewing rooms (for game days) and covered balconies are adults-only.
Live music every weekend. Check the website for extended summer hours. Light food options to chase away the hungries.
Crowds are still flocking to Cana (though the vast size of the place keeps you from feeling crowded), so tastings are purchased inside and then carried out at the appointed time at one of several tasting bars. We sampled a generous eight wines. The offering changes regularly.
The five-acre vineyard--planted with Viognier, Petit Manseng, Petit Verdot, Cab Franc and Merlot--produced its first wine-ready grapes in 2016. Past wines - with grapes purchased from other Virginia wineries - have included everything from Viognier to Rkatsiteli to a nice, dry Rose and highly drinkable reds.
Full-time winemaker Brendan McMahon, formerly of Chrysalis Vineyards, offers a fun Apple wine that eschews the sweet approach of most and instead stands on its own with just .5% residual sugar and the mouth-filling flavor of crisp Granny Smiths.
Picnics permitted; parking for RVs/buses; weddings and private parties welcome.
Groups are welcome before 2:00 on weekends with advance reservations, either in the barrel room or a second floor room with a mountain view, depending on group size.
Kids are welcome, but those without may prefer the designated "kid-free" zones - the second floor of the building, deck and gazebo.
The first floor is wheelchair accessible.
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