In the literal shadow of the Bull Run Battlefield, you may at first mistake the winery's massive parking area in front for battlefield parking. But you would be wrong. The Winery at Bull Run at times needs every one of those hundreds of spots to accommodate the crowds and wedding parties that flock here.
On a busy holiday Monday, everything flowed seamlessly; a wedding ceremony took place just over a bluff called the Hillwood Ruins, while a lawn full of smiling singles, couples and groups lounged at picnic tables or set up camp on the lawn. A separate family area down the hill kept the kids occupied with play equipment (and kept the adults-only uphill crowd happy as well).
Even with the crowds, there's plenty of seating, including inside the vast, barn-style tasting room, and on the heated patio outside. More seating is available outside the Barrel Room on the lower level, where the wedding party congregated.
The winery has the latest hours of any in the state, welcoming guests until 7, 8, 9 or even 10PM depending on the day of the week.
At the end of a long holiday weekend, the tasting room associates were weary but still gracious and attentive. And the wine was a nice surprise in a venue that you might expect to cater more to party hounds than oenophiles. The winemaker, Ashton Lough, also oversees winemaking at the highly respected Pearmund Cellars.
On premise, the winery currently grows Norton and a little Traminette. They also have a 115-acre property in Rappahannock County, the home of our Rock Mill Vineyard, where eight different varietals are grown on 42 acres, including Chardonnay, Petit Verdot, Chambourcin, Traminette, Merlot, Viognier, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. A number of sweet fruit wines are offered for those who don't care for dry.
Picnics welcome, but not inside the tasting room or on the patio, only on the lawn. We loved the separate areas designated for families with kids. No pets. Smoking in designated areas only. Reservations are required for groups of 8 or more.
Wheelchair access: (Per the winery) The Winery at Bull Run has ramps that allow wheelchair access and we have ADA bathrooms but as an old historic farm winery building we are not fully ADA compliant in regards to hand rails or grade of the ramp leading to the winery building.
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