Winter Wineries! 9 Family-Friendly Vineyards with Heated Outdoor Seating

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Winter is a great time to visit a local winery. The crowds are gone, the fires are roaring and—if you’re lucky—the fields are blanketed with a dusting of white.  We soused out the best wineries where you can rent a fire pit, warm up in a heated tent or cozy up to a fireplace. Not all wineries welcome little guests, so scroll down for the best places to un-wined with the family.

photo: The Winery at Bull Run

Bull Run Winery

This winery is just a quick trip out of town, but once you set foot on the grounds you'll feel a world away from city life. Grab a glass or two and head inside the family-designated tent for a toasty toast! Take a walk as a family and explore the old homestead before your wine tasting; the pastoral setting has plenty of space for kiddos to roam.

Insider Tip: Before you go, head here to reserve space in a family-friendly, heated tent. 

15950 Lee Hwy.
Centreville, VA
703-815-2233
Online: wineryatbullrun.com

photo: Barrel Oak

Barrel Oak Winery

Long-cited as DC’s top family-friendly winery, Barrel Oak unfolds against the backdrop of the beautiful Virginia Piedmont countryside, just a hop and a skip (one hour) from the District. Owners Brian and Sharon work hard to create a community atmosphere by welcoming parents with kids, hikers, bikers, and travelers from the other side of the globe. And their love of dogs is evident throughout the place, from the paw prints on the menus, to their resident staff member, Birch. Children love the all-inclusive, pet-friendly atmosphere; adults love the expansive patio views and whimsical décor. And then there’s the award-winning wines, 24,000 gallons right on the property. 

Insider tip: There are fire pits outdoors to stay toasty and indoor seating is now available. Want to leave the kids at home? Barrel Oak offers Bubbles for date nights!  

3623 Grove Ln.
Delaplane, VA
540-364-6402
Online: barreloak.com

Early Mountain Vineyards

Cozy up to a fire pit at this winery located 90 minutes from downtown DC. There is plenty of space for kids to run around while you sip your wine. Want to let them in on the fun?  Kids can even join in the tasting with Okencroft Farm Juices, made from wine grapes, but without the alcohol. 

Insider tip: Reservations are recommended. You can book space on the lawn, patio or in the tasting room. 

6109 Wolftown-Hood Rd.
Madison, VA
540-948-9005
Online: earlymountain.com

Paradise Springs Winery

This really is a little spot of paradise located right in Clifton, VA. Pack up a picnic lunch, plan a hike at the nearby Hemlock Overlook Regional Park and then recoup in the sunshine at this family-friendly vineyard. Small snacks are for sale and while tiny tots are not allowed on the back deck the outdoor space beyond the deck is perfect for picnics and play time. 

Insider Tip: Warm up by the fire pit with a Boxwood Patio Firepit package.  For three hours, lounge fireside with up to 12 guests (and pups!). This package ($90) includes a logo blanket to keep you toasty. 

13219 Yates Ford Rd.
Clifton, VA
703-830-9463
Online: paradisespringswinery.com

Sugar Loaf Mountain Vineyard

The relaxed family-friendly vibes are immediate when you head out to Sugar Loaf Mountain Vineyard in Dickerson, MD. A designated play area just for wee ones with an expansive space beyond encourages all the running, jumping and games of tag they can muster. No need to sneak in snacks you can buy small ones here or bring your own set of sweets and savories to munch on while you spend a whole day outside enjoying vino and Familia.

Insider Tip: If there is a chill in the air, the fire pit is lit! Get ready to get cozy. 

18125 Comus Rd.
Dickerson, MD
301-605-0130
Online: facebook.com/smvwinery

Potomac Point Winery & Vineyard

Want to feel as if you are on a bit of a getaway? Potomac Point offers a little bit of Tuscany in Northern Virginia. Take advantage of one of their other family-friendly events held year-round. Reservations are required and can be made up to 30 days in advance. 

Insider Tip: This winery offers three ways to stay toasty while enjoying the outdoor elements. You can reserve a heated wine table here, a firepit table here or fire pit with Adirondack chairs (don't forget to add on the gourmet s'mores package!).  

Editor's Note: Fire pits are currently not available during winter months, but you can reserve a firepit table or a heated outdoor tent. 

275 Decatur Rd.
Stafford, VA
540-446-2251
Online: potomacpointwinery.com

Quattro Goomba's Winery

Just saying the name Quattro Goombas is fun. Wine, frozen sangria, craft beer, thick crusty pizza, tacos and beverage flights are all in a day’s visit. Bring a picnic and lounge around while the kiddos play,  you can literally spend an entire day here without getting bored. There’s plenty of room to explore, vineyards to admire and of course – wine to drink! Don't forget to reserve your space before you go. 

Insider Tip: This property has 12 walk-in family-friendly picnic tables for those feeling spontaneous.  There are also outdoor heated tents. These are first come, first served. The cellar also features a fireplace to snuggle up to.

22860 Monroe-Madison Memorial Hwy.
Aldie, VA
703-327-6052
Online: goombawine.com

photo: Rockland Farms Winery & Market

Rockland Farms Winery & Market

In addition to some of the yummiest pasture-raised meats, fruit, and veggies, this working farm pours some of the tastiest wines near the DMV. Swing by Thursday-Sunday for sips and family-friendly self-guided tours. There's plenty of running around space for the littles and the rustic scenery makes for fabulous photo opps.

Insider Tip: You can make a reservation here to reserve a fire pit or a space in the heated barn. Fire pit rental guests are invited to bring-their-own s'mores kits. 

14525 Montevideo Rd.
Poolesville, MD
301-825-8075
Online: rocklandsfarmmd.com

Worth The Drive: Keswick Vineyards

Located on the Monticello wine trail near Charlottesville, VA, Keswick’s 400-acre Edgewood Estate is the quintessential manor with breathtaking views of the countryside and the Blue Ridge Mountains. While it’s a gorgeous spot for a high-class wedding, you’ll feel equally at home with your little ones in tow for a wine tasting and tour. Crayons, coloring books and games are available to keep them busy while you swirl and swish the goods. Check their website for family-friendly events featuring live music, food, and of course, vino.

Insider Tip: Heated tents are available outdoors and are first come, first served. 

Editor's Note: Indoor seating is currently closed due to COVID. 

1575 Keswick Winery Dr.
Keswick, VA
434-244-3341
Online: keswickvineyards.com

—Meghan Yudes Meyers and Hilary Riedemann

 

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