14 April, 2021

Winter at the wineries: cozy vineyards with heated outdoor seating

When the days get shorter and the temperature drops, there is nothing better than spending a few hours in front of a crackling fire with a glass of wine in hand. If you don't have a fireplace at home, head to one of these cozy Virginia wineries, which offer secure outdoor seating with fireplaces, fire pits, and heated private bays.

Cana Vineyards & Winery – Middleburg

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Cana Vineyards & Winery has several heated outdoor options this winter! Five fire pits are currently scattered around the lawn, with four more expected to be installed shortly. The covered porch and top deck are equipped with patio heaters for individual tables, and the popular Sunset Pavilion (a covered area for inclement weather) offers social remote seating under ceiling heaters with a beautiful stone fireplace at the end of the pavilion adding extra . warmth for those colder winter days. S & # 39; more sets can be purchased from the tasting room bar and offer a sweet treat to pair with your vino.

Reservations are not necessary for parties of ten or less as these fire pits are available on a first come, first served basis. Parties larger than ten are currently not allowed due to COVID-19 restrictions. The winery is open Thursday, Friday, Sunday and Monday from 12 noon to 6 pm and Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm.

Magnolia Vineyards & Winery – Amissville

Enjoy wine tasting next to a fire pit at Magnolia Vineyards & Winery (wind and weather permitting). When the weather isn't ideal, take a seat on their semi-enclosed covered porch, equipped with heaters to keep you warm.

Cave Ridge Vineyard & Winery – Mount Jackson

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In the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains overlooking the Shenandoah Valley, Cave Ridge Vineyard has both fire pits and heat lamps scattered around their outdoor seating areas. Six tables in the lounge have sofas and fire tables that can accommodate groups of two to eight people, and large patio heaters in the courtyard and covered pavilion will keep you warm while you sample wine. Additional wood fire pits further from the winery tasting room provide safe social distance, and from January fully furnished heated private igloos will be available for hire for groups of two to eight people. Heated tables and fire pits available for reservation or walk-in; make your reservation by calling the winery or booking online.

Greenhill Winery & Vineyards – Middleburg

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Loudoun County's Greenhill Winery & Vineyards has ten stone fire pits and sixteen propane-fired fire pits and stoves. The majority of the seats are available for reservation on the winery's website, while the remainder have space for walk-in seats. The vineyard is open Monday through Sunday from 12-6pm and follows current COVID-19 guidelines, with outside lawn seating 30 feet apart for your safety and comfort.

Two Twisted Posts Winery – Purcellville

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With five outdoor fire pits, four small metal fire pits, and a solid stone fireplace area for groups, Two Twisted Posts Winery has plenty of cozy outdoor seating areas for the winter. A newly enclosed space with stoves complements the private fire pits, which are available to pre-book for $ 10 per hour (the fire pits are also available for walk-in seats when not in use). The winery is open Thursday through Monday from 11am to 6pm and groups are limited to ten people or fewer.

Iron Heart Winery – Allisonia

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Iron Heart Winery offers private 15- and 20-foot enclosed bell tents that are heated with small wood stoves and furnished with period home furnishings and decor such as coffee tables, hand-stitched quilts, and woven rugs. These tent rentals include fire pits and extra seating, making them ideal for groups. A six-hour tent rental includes a free bottle of wine, free glasses and corkscrews, free firewood and a cool box with ice.

Barren Ridge Vineyards – Fishersville

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The owners of Barren Ridge Vineyards built their winery on the family's former apple orchard and created a state-of-the-art winery while retaining the apple shed's original structure and exposed beams. A patio with six outdoor propane heaters and a brick fireplace provide seating on chilly winter days, and an outdoor propane fire pit is also available, which can be reserved in advance by calling the winery. Barren Ridge is open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12 noon to 6 pm, Fridays and Saturdays from 12 noon to 8 pm and Sundays from 1 pm to 6 pm.

Potomac Point Winery – Stafford

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Enjoy a luxury wine experience with your friends or family at Potomac Point Winery when you rent one of their private lounge tents, which is best suited for groups of four to eight people. All lounge tents are heated and have views of the vineyard below. Two of the tents have their own fire pit, where you can roast s & # 39; mores purchased as a package from the winery's tasting room. Each reservation is given two hours to enjoy the space and includes a staff member for personal food and drink from the winery's dinner menu, which includes cheese platters, small plates, flatbreads, desserts, and more. Potomac Point Winery also has five bistro fire tables available for parties of one to ten guests. Both the tents and bistro seating have a minimum of food and drink per person and an additional rental price applies for the tents. The luxury tents and fire tables can be booked online; it is recommended to book well in advance as seats are limited.

James Charles Winery & Vineyard – Winchester

Book a private fire pit to socialize with a glass of wine and blankets at James Charles Winery & Vineyards. The winery also offers s & # 39; mores kits for a sweet treat toasted over the fire.

King Family Vineyard – Crozet

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Visit King Family Vineyards during the winter and arrive warm to one of their eight smokeless Burly USA fire pits (these are made in Virginia!), Available on a first come, first served basis. Do you love the fire pits? Buy one from the winery's gift shop and you'll be able to recreate the magic of King Family Vineyards in your home! The rest of the outside seating of the winery is heated with additional heaters, so even if you miss the fire pits, you can enjoy a glass of wine on the patio. King Family is open daily from 10 am-5:30pm.

Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyard – North Garden

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Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyard offers three communal gas fireplaces spread across their expansive lawn where guests can gather while sipping wine, roasting s & # 39; mores and taking in breathtaking views. The s & # 39; more sets can be purchased for $ 10, contain the components to make 4 individual s & # 39; mores, and are available from the winery Friday through Sunday. Pippin Hill is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 am-6pm.

8 Chains North Winery – Waterford

Gather around the fire pits at 8 Chains North Winery on those frigid winter days. Combine your wine tasting with one of their s & # 39; mores kits to add a seasonal touch to your visit. Reservations are not necessary; fire pits are first come, first served.

Casanel Vineyards & Winery – Leesburg

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Leesburg & # 39; s Casanel Vineyards & Winery has four fire pits spread around their property, as well as a few stoves on the patio. Glasses and bottles of wine are available from the fire pits, and the patio service also includes self-guided wine flights. Reservations are required for all guests and can be made online, via Instagram or Facebook, or by calling the winery. The winery's opening hours are Friday through Monday, 11 am-6pm.

Ashton Creek Vineyard – Chester

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For winter seating at Ashton Creek Vineyards, grab one of their two fire pits or a seat on the winery's heated patio. No reservations are required for fire pits or patio seating. Visit the winery from Wednesday to Saturday from 12-8pm or Sunday from 12-6pm.

Glass House Winery – Free Union

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To combat cold weather and keep guests at a social distance, Glass House Winery installed nine private tables with propane heaters, three large outdoor patio heaters, and a traditional wood-burning fire pit available for walk-in seating. The winery is open Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12-5.30pm and Fridays from 12-9pm. Groups are limited to ten people or less with the current COVID-19 restrictions.

Montifalco Vineyard – Ruckersville

Montifalco Vineyard offers two-hour reservations for their outdoor seating on the hour from 12-3pm Friday through Sunday with wine tastings, pouring by the glass, and bottle service. Pair wines with items from their cheese, charcuterie and candy menu, or bring your own food to enjoy with your wine. Seating includes four propane fire pits, four tables next to propane tower heaters, and three wood burning fire pits. Additionally, four lounge seating areas with fire pits are available for walk-in seats or upon prior request. Picnic tables and Adirondack chairs are scattered throughout for visitors on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations can be made via the website of the winery; due to COVID-19 restrictions, groups are limited to five people or less.

Early Mountain Vineyards – Madison

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In addition to seven seating areas with a fire pit scattered around the property, Early Mountain Vineyards has patio seating areas with space heaters. To reserve patio seating, book on the winery's website; all fire pits are intended for walk-in seats only and are only open when the weather permits.

Abingdon Vineyards – Abingdon

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Abingdon Vineyards has five fit wells spread across the winery's lawn and a heated outdoor patio. Reservations are not necessary. The winery is open Wednesday through Sunday from 12 noon to 6 pm.

Valley Road Vineyards – Afton

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Both communal and reserved private “FireGlobes” (a wood-burning variant of a fire pit) that can accommodate up to eight people are available at Valley Road Vineyards to keep guests warm, warm and socially aloof. Reservations are mandatory for all groups from five people and can be done through the tasting room. While the FireGlobes take precedence over guests with reservations, they can be used by walk-in guests when available. Two non-reserved FireGlobes that can accommodate up to four people are located in the Patio and Grove areas for free "first come, first served" seating. The winery offers bottle and glass sales, various tasting flights and mulled wine by the glass, and a selection of "Grab & Go" products can be purchased in the tasting room (guests can also bring their own food). Valley Road is open Monday through Friday from 12-5pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10:30 am-5:30pm.

Bozzo Family Vineyards – Purcellville

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Bozzo Family Vineyards offers reserved outdoor seating through their online reservation system, as well as open seating for walk-in visitors. Outdoor seating options include two fire pits and four seating areas heated by outdoor propane heaters. The winery is open Fridays 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Saturday 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM, and Sunday 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM.

Revalation Vineyards – Madison

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Eleven fire pits dotted around the Revalation Vineyards outdoor patio allow visitors to enjoy a glass of Virginia vino even in the cold winter weather. The winery is open by reservation only Friday through Sunday from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm; reservations can be made online.

Vineyard Reynard Florence – Barboursville

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Reynard Florence Vineyard currently has two fire pits, two terraced stoves and additional outdoor seating at a safe distance from their property. All outdoor seating is open to walk-in visitors and no reservation is required, but groups of six or more must call ahead to ensure ample space and availability for seating. The winery is open Fridays 12-5pm, Saturdays and Sundays 11-5pm and holidays 12-5pm or by appointment.

These are just some of the vineyards in Virginia that offer exceptional outdoor winter wine experiences. Here are more cozy wineries with fire pits, patio heaters, and other outdoor seating for those chilly winter days:

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