Vint Hill Craft Winery is Virginia’s best kept secret. The best reds I have had in Virginia, hands down, and the Petit Manseng is to die for. But, even better, you can taste wines from Washington State and California(we tasted a viognier from Virginia, Washington and CA, side by side, all made at Vint Hill). If you are into wine like me any my husband (read, drink wine every night), the really cool thing about this place is you can create your own barrel of wine (I suggest going in with a few friends, as it nets over 300 bottles) choosing your grapes from California, Washington State or Virginia. this is the place to go if you want to taste top of the line wines and learn about wine.
- Heidi O
Been here twice now over the span of a year. I really enjoy the atmosphere inside the winery. They are a craft winery, which means that they import grapes for other vineyards. It’s great to be able to sample their wine styles with grapes from VA, WA and CA. They do have differences, and it is great to try them back to back so an amateur like me can begin to taste the differences between VA grapes and west coast grapes. They have 3 tasting flights –
The winery is located on the old Vint Hill Army Base, which was an Army Intelligence post. The building where the tasting room is located is shaped like a barn and used to be a “listening station” back during the cold war. They have a really cool picture of the listening station from the WWII era behind the tasting counter.
The exterior of most buildings on Vint Hill are not promising, but keep going until you get here. You’ll be glad that you did. Park in the back if the front lot is full. The back is really the side, which is closer to the door anyways.
- John H
- In 1860 an Englishman named Albert Low constructed his new family home, now the Inn at Vint Hill. Next year, the Civil War erupted at nearby Bull Run. Fearing his new home might be destroyed in the fighting, Mr. Low raised his Union Jack flag over the farm, declaring that Vint Hill was the sovereign property of Great Britain! Battles raged on all sides Vint Hill, but neither army fired a shot on the farm's 800 acres.
- In 1940, the farmer (and Ham Radio hobbyist), who lived at Vint Hill farm, stretched a wire to the top of the barn silo seeking better radio reception. He told his army friend that he could listen to broadcasts from as far away as Berlin. Two weeks later, the government bought the farm and for the next 55 years Vint Hill farm served as a secret spying base for the U.S. Army.