Family Friendly Virginia Wineries

My husband and I just returned from a week long trip to Virginia wine country. We are from the Northern Virginia area and always add wineries to our itinerary when we visit family. This is the first time we realized visiting wineries is not as convenient as it used to be prior to the birth of our son. By the end of the trip, we developed a great system and knew exactly how to keep our 14 month old son occupied while enjoying wine tastings.

If we found the wine to be exceptionally good, we would enjoy a glass outside and take in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountain range. My son was happy crawling in the grass and discovering rocks. This is not something he typically gets to do in Florida since we have fire ants everywhere. He would be so worn out afterwards that he’d fall asleep immediately when the car would start.

Barrel Oak Winery
Barrel Oak Winery

We only had the opportunity to visit seven wineries over a span of five days. We had hoped for more, but let our son’s behavior dictate our schedule. Barrel Oak Winery in Delaplane, Virginia was by far the most family friendly winery I have ever been to! We walked in the door on the 4th of July and our son was greeted with a box of Juicy Juice Apple Juice! The decor was fun too, professional black and white photographs of dogs and cats everywhere. After we sampled their wines, my husband and I enjoyed a glass of Cabernet Franc outside. There must have been at least 20 other families with children and dogs! Although that may sound overwhelming, it was exceptionally quiet! The kids were not running around acting silly, they were extremely well behaved and just enjoying their family time.

The winery grounds at Barrel Oak Winery is beautiful and the customer service is top notch. We thoroughly enjoyed our time at this winery and highly recommend it to families. Make sure to bring Fido as well!

We typically add Chateau O’Brien at Northpoint Winery to our list of wineries to visit; however, they have made their winery available to people 21 years of age and older (basically, no children are allowed). To read more about it, visit TheOther46 wine blog. We made sure the wineries on our list were family friendly but I must say, Linden Vineyards made it very clear that my son was not welcome downstairs for the barrel tastings. The young lady that poured our samples had no personality whatsoever and was extremely rude! It is a shame since Linden’s wine is exceptionally good! My husband enjoyed the barrel tasting event while my son and I had some great one-on-one time outside the winery.

We also felt comfortable at Breaux Vineyards, Dounie Winery, Veramar VineyardFox Meadow Vineyards and Bluemont Vineyard. If you are planning a trip to Virginia wine country, hopefully this blog will help you decide which wineries to visit with your children.

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14 Thoughts to “Family Friendly Virginia Wineries”

  1. Briana

    Whenever you guys come back, Tarara is another great family friendly vineyard. They have lots of great events throughout the year.

  2. We were supposed to visit Tarara after we landed at Dulles; however, our flight was delayed 2 1/2 hours and we were exhausted. No fun with a toddler!! 🙁

  3. Briana

    I wish I had known you’d be in the area, we could have gotten together!

  4. We planned the trip at the last minute. I’ll definitely let you know next time, I’d LOVE to get together and introduce the babies! It would be great to catch up!

  5. Thank you! We’re really glad that you had such a great time! Although Sharon and I do not have children we love kids and love having families at the winery. Hope we see you when next you’re in the area. We have added this posting to our blog page: http://barreloak.com/blogs

    Cheers!

    B.

  6. You are welcome. We had a fantastic time and it was a great way to spend Independence Day! We only wish we could have brought our Golden Retriever along (she was in Florida).

    The BOW staff was spectacular (Scott helped us with the tasting and he was not only friendly, but very knowledgeable). Keep up the great work! We will definitely be back!

  7. Mike

    Hi, Thanks for this great review and writeup. I agree Barrel Oak is a fantastic place to visit with staff friendly to family and pets alike. You should also try the Winery at La Grange. Although they don’t allow pets inside the buildings, there are plenty of great places to lounge on the lawn and families are very welcome. They even have play corners both inside and outside for the kids. Not to mention the award winning wines. Looking forward to future blogs!

  8. Kim

    Barrel Oak is indeed awesome 🙂 For kid-friendly, try Potomac Point in Stafford, VA. They actually have a children’s playroom by the tasting bar…

  9. Mary

    We just went to Chrysalis Vineyards and they would not allow us to bring the baby to the tasting table. There is a fenced off ‘family’ area outside where kids and babies must stay while at the winery.

  10. OK, so the website I listed is not MY website, but I thought I’d throw out the name of the winery I work for. Both sets of owners have large families: children are most definitely welcome. Parents are always saying how glad they are that we have a play area with toys for the kids. It’s further into the Shenandoah Valley than any of the wineries you listed (one mile past where Oasis used to be), so if you’re looking for more scenery, this is where it’s at. That, and the wine is great. I wouldn’t work there if it wasn’t. 😉

  11. I have visited Rappahannock Cellers in the past (pre-child) and enjoyed it very much. Now that I know there is a play area, I will definitely stop in! Thanks for caring and allowing parents to have some enjoyable time in Virginia wine country!

  12. If you are ever in the area please check us (DeVault Family Vineyards) out. We are very family friendly, check out our facebook and website. We even have an indoor swimming pool!!!

  13. Noelle

    There are quite a few nice wineries in Virginia! I have been to a few a along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

  14. Mike

    Potomac point in stafford va has a kids room with toys and a tv. It’s a very nice touch!

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