Doukenie is one of the early pioneers in Virginia, starting its winery operations (as Windham Winery, some may recall) in 1995, nearly 10 years after planting its first vines.
This fun spot in scenic Hillsboro, just about 20 minutes from Leesburg, now offers an eclectic mix of special events including Vines to Wines Tours, Greek Heritage Day, and their Harvest Festival. It's also home-base for the annual Virginia Wine Country Half-Marathon.
The quiet, pastoral scene is unmatched; the tasting room is housed in a red farm-style building, and the winery's signature silo and barns dot the fields. Covered patios surround the room, opening up the flow between tasting bar and tables for two or more with a view on a Friday night in late summer. Local (and exceptional) musician Todd Brooks plays often on Friday nights or weekends for appreciative crowds, which we enjoyed as the sun set and the lightening bugs glittered against an inky sky. Food vendors bring anything from BBQ to oysters for purchase.
Picnics allowed on grounds only (not in tasting room or on decks); no pets in tasting room or on decks (only on grassy area by the pond); no one under 21 allowed near the tasting room bar; reservations required for groups of 8 or more; limos and RVs must reserve in advance; no smoking (except in parking lot); light snacks available.
The long wine list includes a little of most everything, including Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sangiovese, Rose' and a raspberry dessert wine.
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