A Taste of California and Tuscany – Potomac Point Vineyard
Potomac Point Vineyard & Winery
From shoestring dive bars to elegant lawn parties, Virginia wineries mirror the Commonwealth’s love of getting together for a drink and a little gossip. With so much variety, everyone is sure to find the perfect spot to feel comfortable enjoying a glass or two with friends.
Potomac Point was founded in 2007 by Skip and Cindi Causey, who, not surprisingly, spent years touring the Napa and Sonoma regions of California before deciding to plant their first vines. Located just off I-95 between the Potomac River and Aquia Harbor, their 7 acres of vineyards are just minutes away from DC in a heavily wooded 23-acre oasis.
Their award-winning Mediterranean-influenced wines feature varietals that grow well here in Virginia – Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and Viognier. Besides those excellent renditions, Potomac Point also churns out some fascinating proprietary blends. The Deseo, a Tempranillo Syrah, is dry yet juicy with just the right amount of tannins, while their Coyote Cave, a Cabernet Sauvignon blend, pairs well with a heady cheese for sipping on the porch.
A word of warning. Some of these wines are only available to their wine club members, a perk, if you will. Of course, not all their wines are so exclusive – especially their best seller, La Belle Vie White. This very sippable white even comes in a can version – perfect for bringing to the pool or anywhere glass might be a bad idea.
Besides the excellent wine, the venue makes Potomac Point stand out. The venue could just as easily be in the heart of Napa. Terracotta, brick, and ironwork abound. The tasting room, the heart of it all, is designed for curated experiences to enjoy an immersive experience of Potomac Point’s wines. There’s an indoor bistro and courtyard tables complete with an imported Italian water feature or situated around a personal fire pit. For more casual afternoons, there are picnic tables among the vines and even private tents for an intimate evening or group gathering. Weekends can include live music or themed events.
Apart from shopping for to-go bottles in the tasting room, enjoying these experiences requires a reservation due to high demand with the proximity to DC and Richmond. This is especially true of their popular Sunday brunch.
Bestsellers – La Belle Vie White (also available as a Rose), Abinatto – a juicy Primitivo blend perfect for sipping.
Visit Potomac Point Vineyard at 275 Decatur Rd, Stafford, VA, 22554. (540)- 446-2266 https://www.potomacpointwinery.com