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Chateau Morrisette is just off the Blue Ridge Parkway.

A very cozy fireplace at Pollak Vineyards.

Dry Mill Vineyards—A nice little winery with excellent Cab Franc and a warm atmosphere even without a fire.

Molon Lave Vineyards—A winery with a bit of Greek influence not far from Culpepper.

Narmada Winery—Comfy leather couches in front of the fire.

Byrd Cellars tasting room is small and cozy with a great wood fireplace.

The fireplace at Early Mountain is one of my favorite Winter spots.

Beautiful tasting room and a twist on food and wine pairing at Narmada.

**Hampton Roads**

Saude Creek Vineyards—A beautiful, rural winery east of Richmond.

​​Cooper Vineyards—Voted one of the best tasting rooms in Virginia.

DelFosse Vineyards and Winery—Off the beaten path, but really worth a visit. Stop in for one of their special food events.

Early Mountain Vineyards—This is one of my favorite Winter venues. I love the open fire in the center of the room. It’s a great place to eat or just relax by the fire.

The Barns at Hamilton Station—The rustic, remodeled barn is a fabulous place to rest by the fire with a glass of wine.

Winter is upon us, but that should not prevent us from leaving the house. Colder temperatures are a great excuse to visit a Virginia winery.  In an effort to provide a little motivation to get you moving, I have put together a list of wineries with fireplaces. This is a perfect day to sit in front of a roaring fire with a glass of your favorite Virginia wine. 

I hope this will be a useful resource on a raw Winter day.

**Blue Ridge**

Chateau Morrisette—One of only two wineries in the Rocky Knob AVA.

**Northern Virginia**

8 Chains North Winery—Plenty of seating in front of the fire.

Barrel Oak Winery—A big, cozy fireplace in one of Virginia’s most family and pet-friendly tasting rooms.

Barrel Oak Winery—A big, cozy fireplace in one of Virginia’s most family and pet-friendly tasting rooms.

Bogati Bodega & Winery—An easy stop on Rte. 7 in Northern Loudoun County.

The fireplace at Cave Ridge is located upstairs above the tasting room.

Warm grog and Portoddy's to go with the fire at Potomac Point.

Call ahead or check the winter hours before visiting The Homeplace.

West Wind Farm Vineyard and Winery—I’m not personally familiar with this one, but I have plans to make it down there in 2015.

**Central Virginia**

Barboursville Vineyards—One of Virginia’s oldest and most significant wineries.

Byrd Cellars—A comfortable tasting room with a nice fire and mulled wine.​​

First Colony Winery—The recently renovated tasting room has made it even more inviting and the wine is better than you remember.

Flying Fox Vineyard—A cute little winery and tasting room in the Monticello AVA.

Jefferson Vineyards—The new tasting room includes a fire. You’ve got to check it out.

King Family Vineyards—A small but comfortable spot in front of the fire.

Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyard—A fire and an extensive menu made from local-sourced foods. 

Pollak Vineyards—A lovely tasting room with big picture windows, so you can gaze out at the nastiness as you sit comfortably by the fire.

**Southern Virginia**

Rosemont Vineyards and Winery—The only entry on the list from Southern Virginia. I have not visited, but hope to make it down that way this year.

The Homeplace Vineyard—A very comfortable space, but only open by appointment in January and February.

Kindred Pointe fireplace.

Wineries for Winter Weather: Virginia Wineries with a Fireplace

A beautiful fireplace in the historic manor house at Valerie Hill.

**Shenandoah Valley**

Barren Ridge Vineyards—A nice wood fire and plenty of seating.

Cave Ridge Vineyard—There is a gorgeous little space upstairs that is ideal for hanging out with a glass of wine.

The fireplace at Bogati Bodega.

CrossKeys Vineyards—An amazing venue with a warm fire and a great view of the Blue Ridge.

Kindred Pointe Winery
—The new tasting room includes a fire. You’ve got to check it out.

Veritas Vineyard and Winery—On the Virginia Grape Cozy Scale of one to ten, where 10 is most cozy, Veritas is an eleven. 

North Gate Vineyard—They have a nice fireplace inside and one on the deck.

Old House Vineyards
—All I know is they have a fireplace. I’ll try to visit this year.

Paradise Springs Winery and Vineyard
—The closest winery to metro DC.

Potomac Point Winery
—The fireplace is in the very cozy lounge area. According to Chelsea Sparaco, the sales and marketing manager, they also have "warm grog (mulled wine) and Portoddy's (Dark chocolate and Rabelos port mixture)." 

Valhalla Vineyards—Call in advance, to be sure they’re open. The road might be treacherous, but the payoff is high. Beautiful views and a huge stone fireplace at one end of the tasting room. 

Valerie Hill Vineyard & Winery—This beautiful old antebellum manor house is a fabulous place to hang out on a nasty winter day.

I’m sure my list is still not complete. If you know of another winery or wineries, please let me know. I will update my list and distribute it among those intent on drinking wine next to a fire.

Stay warm!

The Barns at Hamilton Station are beautifully restored.

I just love sitting on the leather couch at Veritas in front of the fire.