Happenings at WWA (and beyond)
A collection off WWA event recaps, job postings, interesting articles, DC area events, wine industry happenings, and more. Bloggers will include WWA employees, event attendees, and students.
Loudon Valley was different than other Vineyards I have been to in many respects, which made it all the more exciting! The tasting room was nothing grandiose, but a simple large kitchen turned tasting room. The causality of the room made it all the more welcoming and made me feel as though I was tasting in the comfort of someone’s home. The room was lined with windows, providing warming sunshine as well as a view of the vines. Currently Loudoun Valley is in the process of replanting all of their vines for a fresh start with their grapes! Although the grapes they are currently using seemed to taste just lovely to me.
For my second excursion in exploring Virginia Wineries, our first stop was Sunset Hills Vineyard. Located in Purcellville, Virginia, Sunset Hills had a beautiful barn-turned tasting room, complete with a wrap- around porch overlooking their grapes. The barn, being 140 years old, has a rich history. It was originally a working dairy farm and Sunset Hills preserved all of the original wood when they transformed it into the tasting room it is today. Out of the 6 wines we tasted, I could describe them all with just one word: pleasant. All of the wines, red and white alike, were surprisingly extremely easy to drink and lacked any unwelcome lingering aftertastes. I learned that the technical term for the aftertaste of wine is the “finish,” so in other words their wines had short finishes.
The Winery at La Grange is Prince William County's premier winery nestled at the foot of Bull Run Mountain. Our lineup of 14 varietals has garnered awards since our first bottling in 2005 and we are open 7 days a week to welcome guests onto our 20 acre property which includes more than five acres of vineyards and our 18th century manor house.
We are always looking for enthusiastic wine lovers to become a part of our Volunteer team who work for wine. Volunteers are asked to take on many duties around the manor, from guiding guests through our wine tasting experience, to greeting groups, staffing events and general customer service. As a wine earner your comparable rate is $15 per hour and there are plenty of other perks to working with The Winery at La Grange with our delightful staff!