the true holiday "spirit" and with the idea of "Make Mine
Virginia Wine" in mind, Virginiawind decided to pay a visit to Tarara
Winery located just ten miles outside of Leesburg, VA on Route 662.
Though wine was produced in Virginia as early as 1607, Tarara has only
been around since 1985 but in that short time, this "retirement project"
for RJ (Whitie) and Margaret Hubert, has grown into something much larger
than a hobby. Located in the foothills of the Catoctin Mountains and neighboring
the Potomac River, the 475-acre farm offers spectacular scenic views of
the countryside. Tarara is open all year and offers informative and interesting
tours, wine tasting and a gift shop.
tour is conducted in the winery's man-made 6000 foot cave, which is a
marvel in itself. The thick gunite walls keep the temperature at a constant
58 degrees, perfect for winemaking. The walls are lined with wine barrels
and stainless steel tanks containing the future 13 varieties of wines
produced at Tarara. The cave also houses the wine maker's laboratory where
the vineyards Australian winemaker blends together the art and science
of winemaking to produce award-winning results.
tour also includes a detailed explanation of the process of winemaking,
which surprisingly enough hasn't changed much over the past hundred years.
The process itself is relatively simple crush/press/catch/ferment but
through the years the techniques have become more refined and the tools
modernized to produce spectacular results. This year promises to be a
good one for Tarara as the drought brought perfect conditions for the
grapes. Less water means higher sugar concentration, which in turn makes
for great wines. Anticipation is high for the approximately 7000 cases
of wine that will be produced at Tarara this year.
course, the "proof is in the pudding" or in this case, the proof
is in the wine (tasting). The day would not be complete without sampling
the wines produced at Tarara. For $5.00, you are provided a lesson on
the art of wine tasting, as well as sampling the wines produced from the
vineyard. As an added bonus, you will receive a complementary glass. Once
you have found something to your liking, the gift shop offers bottles
If you want to extend your visit into a romantic getaway, Tarara is also
a Bed & Breakfast. During your visit you can just sip wine by the
fireplace, picnic or fish in the farm's 10-acre lake. For those interested
in more activity, there are 6 miles of trails to hike and a lighted tennis
addition to its daily tours and wine tasting, Tarara offers numerous special
events throughout the year. In the summer there is the Blackberry Days
Wine Festival, Mid-Summer Music Fest along the lake and Sunset Dinners
on the Deck. Fall offers the Apple Days Gala and Oktober Wine Fest. Winter
provides a wide variety of holiday activities and treats including a Holiday
Winemaker's Dinner and Caroles in the cave. Tarara even has a way to help
warm your spirit's in the heart of winter by offering Midwinter Blues'
Blues in January.
it is a nice ride out into the country, an educational experience or just
to treat yourself to some great Virginia wine, Tarara is the perfect place
to spend the day or even the entire weekend.
Directions: From Leesburg take Rt 15 N to Lucketts and a right on Route
662. Go 3 miles to sign and driveway on left. Follow signs to parking.
13648 Tarara Lane, Leesburg, VA 20176
Tours and Tastings: Daily 11 am - 5 pm