Opened in 2012, the Barns at Hamilton Station Vineyards gets rave reviews for its friendly service and comfy rustic ambiance.
The owners are working with respected Virginia winemaker Michael Shaps and wines are shaping up nicely as well. At this writing, the winery was bottling Chardonnay, Viognier, Cab Franc, Cab Sauv, Meritage, Merlot, Syrah, and a dry Rose.
There are lots of seating options in the massive restored 100-year-old wood and stone "bank barn" that houses the tasting room, including an outside upper deck and a lower patio. The winery was preparing for a wedding when we visited, and all the little details--from flower petals strewn along the bride's path to the corks anchoring the tables' place cards--promise a memorable event.
The view takes in acres of manicured fields and a pond in the distance, all framed by woods. We were fooled by the flat cows. You will be, too.
Live music jazzes things up every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Picnics welcome outside the tasting room. Dogs on leash welcome. Limos welcome but no parking available.
Groups of 8 or more require a reservation.
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