Viva Tysons    I    March/April, 2010

As we welcome the warm weather and the new lush greenery, we offer a idea to get away for a few hours. An easy day trip from Tysons to a relatively new winery in the cool foothills to the west. Enjoy the view, some fine wine, some good company, and you can bring your dog too!


Barrel Oak Winery (called BOW as in BOW WOW!) is Northern Virginia's newest and friendliest family winery. BOW grows and produces quality Virginia red and white wines in a comfortable and unpretentious environment that can be enjoyed by guests and friends alike. Barrel Oak Winery is dog -as well as people-friendly.

The winery has some of the most breathtaking views in the region, situated just below the Piedmont Blue Ridge across from Little Cobbler Mountain and surrounded by cattle and horse ranches. From BOW's huge patio, guests can watch the sunsets over the mountains and look over the historic and lovely John Marshall house and barns. Everywhere you turn there is beauty and calm and guests step off the patio directly into the vineyard.

From the moment you enter BOW's tasting room you'll find friendly, accessible, and knowledgeable staff and volunteers ready to help with your exploration and enjoyment. Take a guided or self-guided tour and see the wine being made in the barrel room, crush pad, and steel tank room. The massive hand-hewn timbers, extensive stonework, enormous cedar doors, and huge stone fireplace attest to the care given to every detail.

The wines are very good and easy to enjoy, revealing the distinctive style and tasteful complexity of Northern Virginia's unique terroir. Every vintage has a story and the staff is very happy to share the day with each and every visitor. On the weekends there will often be live entertainment and mornings they'll have a paper and a complimentary cup of coffee for those who arrive early. They also often host charitable fundraisers in one of the most beautiful settings imaginable. Picnics, tour buses, and limos are welcome, but please call ahead to make special arrangements.

Join them on the fun side of life and enjoy extraordinary wines and views with people certain to become fast friends around a shared picnic on the patio: Find them at the winery from 11-6 every day 'cept Tuesday and till 9pm on Fridays and Saturdays. But be careful may never leave! Bwwaaahahahahahahahah!!!!

3623 Grove Lane, Delaplane, Virginia 20144

We make wine so that others may drink and find the pleasure of our lives in each drop.