Ready for a weekend of endless exploration and rich culture, all while stopping by to try some local #VaSpirits at a few of Virginia’s best craft distilleries? If you’re not sure where to start, we’ve done the research for you – here’s your guide to a “spirited” adventure in Northern Virginia.

Scroll for a complete list of distilleries to visit (itinerary included) and recommendations on lodging, food and activities to enhance your stay.  Everything we mention below is conveniently mapped out here

SIPS

Northern Virginia is every craft spirits lover’s dream with so many distilleries to choose from! Each of these 15 producers add something unique and special to your visit to the region. Use this itinerary to start your journey and manipulate based on your ideal starting point and final destination. 

A. Smith Bowman Distillery

Right outside Downtown Fredericksburg sits A. Smith Bowman, pouring passion into every glass for the last 90 years. Until the 1950s, A. Smith Bowman was the sole legal whiskey producer in the Commonwealth. Visit one of the most award-winning distilleries, take a tour of its production facilities and learn more about the rich history of distilling and barrel-aging here. 

  • 1 Bowman Dr, Fredericksburg, VA 22408
  • (540) 373-4555
  • Website 

Belmont Farm Distillery

Notably featured on the hit Discovery Channel show Moonshiners, Belmont Farms Distillery has a pour for everyone. Stop in to try some award-winning spirits, tour the operation, meet Master Distiller Chuck Miller and pick up Moonshiners Tim Smith’s famous Climax Moonshine.

  • 13490 Cedar Run Rd, Culpeper, VA 22701
  • (540) 825-3207
  • Website 

Catoctin Creek

Enjoy the uniquely pure and clean flavor profiles at Catoctin Creek, located in Purcellville. Founders Becky and Scott Harris pour their all into quality, hand-crafted rye whiskey bottles. Enjoy a flight, learn more about the distilling process and fill your own bottle with the hands-on “Catoctin Creek Filling Station.”

  • 120 W Main St, Purcellville, VA 20132
  • (540) 751-8404
  • Website 

Copper Fox Distillery – Sperryville

Love the smokiness of a good whiskey? Visit Copper Fox for its fruit-wood-forward flavor profiles and innovative malting process. Copper Fox is one of five distilleries in the nation to floor malt its barley to properly develop its single malt whiskey. Stop in for a sip of award-winning spirits, while enjoying the views of the Blue Ridge right from the tasting room. 

  • 9 River Ln, Sperryville, VA 22740
  • (540) 987-8554
  • Website 

Dida’s Distillery

This California winery turned Virginia distilling family business creates a unique pour with 100% grape-based spirits. Wine is the true inspiration for Dida’s operation, housed at Rappahannock Cellars in Huntly. Thirsty for both wine and spirits? Visit the tasting room for a sip of each, while enjoying the views of the countryside and vineyards. 

  • 14437 Hume Rd, Huntly, VA 22640
  • (540) 551-8141
  • Website 

Droumavalla Farm 

Nestled in Leesburg, Droumavalla is a multi-venue event space, winery, brewery and distillery. Droumavalla has just begun to distill its first batch of whiskey and is waiting for the perfect time for its product to mature. Keep this on your radar if you’re looking for a new favorite whiskey to try, and in the meantime, enjoy the rest of what it has to offer. 

  • 14980 Limestone School Rd, Leesburg, VA 20176
  • (703) 777-3267
  • Website 

Falls Church Distillers

This family operation is grounded in a passion for making quality spirits. Located just outside the nation’s capital in the suburbs of Falls Church, this distillery offers tasting flights, cocktails and tours. You can expect a wide range of small-batch, ultra-premium spirits from vodka and gin to rum, brandy and whiskey. 

  • 8420 Kao Cir., Unit A, Manassas, VA 20110
  • (703) 858-9186
  • Website 

Flying Ace Distillery

Flying Ace works to bring its customers the freshest farm-to-glass experience possible at its distillery and restaurant. Visit the property for a beautiful view of Furnace Mountain, enjoy live music and the on-site restaurant then pick up a unique bottle of craft spirits for your shelf.

  • 40950 Flying Ace Ln., Lovettsville, VA 20180
  • (540) 579-2007
  • Website 

George Washington’s Distillery at Mount Vernon 

George Washington’s Distillery and Gristmill are fully functioning reconstructions of President Washington’s original production facilities. The two-story distillery is open seasonally (weekends April – October), producing small-batch whiskeys and offering tours diving into the deep history of Washington’s estate and his role in spirits-making in Virginia and the U.S.

  • 3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Hwy., Mount Vernon, VA 22121
  • (703) 780-2000
  • Website 

KO Distilling

Sip on KO’s Bare Knuckle Straight Bourbon Whiskey while sitting on the patio, taking in the Manassas scenery. Learn about all aspects of its operation, from mash to the bottle. Co-founders Bill Karlson and John O’Mara love to share the space with their community and converse with fellow spirits lovers. 

  • 10381 Central Park Dr., Ste. 105, Manassas, VA 20110
  • (571) 292-1115
  • Website 

Lost Whiskey

“We think whiskey and architecture are key and compatible ingredients to life.” At Lost Whiskey, no story, nor barrel, is the same. Visit the warehouse for tastings of spirits and BBQ and enjoy the specially curated space and attention to detail — the perfect place to enjoy a glass of Virginia. 

  • 2811 Merrilee Drive Suite D, Fairfax, VA 22031
  • (703) 304-1159
  • Website 

Mt. Defiance Cidery & Distillery

Housed in quaint Middleburg, Mt. Defiance adds a spin on traditional recipes and classic spirits. Known for its large portfolio of distilled gems, each visitor can find something to love. Visit the tasting room for a flight to find a new favorite, and enjoy a game of Trivia from time to time.

  • 207 W. Washington Street, Middleburg, VA 20118
  • (540) 687-8100
  • Website 

MurLarkey Distilled Spirits

Share the simple pleasures of locally produced craft spirits with friends and family at MurLarkey. 100 percent “farm-to-flask,” the group here supports local Virginia farmers and sustainably hand selects high-quality materials for their premium spirits. Take a mixology class with Master Distiller Papi, or be a distiller for a day with a hands-on experience that takes you through the distilling process. 

  • 7961 Gainsford Ct., Bristow, VA 20136
  • (571) 284-7961
  • Website 

Old House Vineyards

A once-abandoned Alfalfa Hay farm is now one of the region’s most beloved distillery-winery-brewery combos. Visit the Old House tasting room and one-of-a-kind World War II museum, featuring the family’s veteran ties to the war.

  • 18351 Corkys Lane, Culpeper, VA 22701
  • (540) 423-1032
  • Website 

Orkney Springs Distillery

Made with mountain spring water from the Orkney Spring, this distillery is dedicated to the natural botanicals and extracts that go into making a quality spirit. Reserve an appointment for a tasting to remember and enjoy the surrounding scenery of Springfield. 

  • 7701 Southern Dr Ste A1-R, Springfield, VA 22150
  • (540) 339-7665
  • Website 

DINING 

Northern Virginia is a hot spot for local eateries. Here you’ll find farm-to-table options and quality dishes from some of the world’s best chefs. There are way too many to list them all, but here are a few suggestions to get you started. 

View from Patowmack Farm
  • Indulge in hand-crafted pasta at Trattoria Villagio while you sip wine with friends and hang out under the stars on their trattoria.
  • Want to feel like a NoVA local? Check out The Sandwich Shop for their expansive menu that has something for everyone.
  • The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm is the perfect spot for dinner with a view. Neighboring right next to Flying Ace Distillery and Droumavalla Farm, this luxury spot is the place to end a romantic getaway exploring Northern Virginia. 
  • Take a step back in time at Hunter’s Head Tavern to enjoy its locally sourced menu and historical gastropub. 
  • After sipping Mt. Defiance’s spirits, walk on over to King St Oyster Bar for a plate of oysters to share.
  • Dine at It’s About Thyme for a charming European ambiance and a variety of menu options for everyone’s preferences. 
  • End the day with a flavorful Greek dinner at Katerina’s Greek Cuisine after exploring your favorite distilleries in NoVA. 
  • Splurge on a once-in-a-lifetime experience at one of the DMV’s only 3 Michelin Star restaurants,  The Inn at Little Washington in the town of the same name. And if three stars are a little too much to reach for, try their more casual sister Patty O’s Cafe for a fantastic weekend brunch. Make sure to leave time to stroll the grounds of the Inn’s “compound” and the plethora of art galleries lining the streets. 

No matter where you end up, be sure to ask for “Virginia Made” from the local bartender!

For more ideas as you explore Virginia near the nation’s capital, visit here

STAYS

From quaint and historic bed & breakfasts to boutique inns, you’ll find the perfect place to extend your adventure. We’ve found a variety of special options for a memorable stay in Northern Virginia. 

Check out one of these unique B&Bs for a cozy night after a day of exploring: 

A bit of boutique and (a lot of) luxury:  

EXPERIENCES 

While the spirits are the star of your Northern Virginia adventure, you can’t miss out on the fun, history and culture that surrounds you while exploring. Here are a few of our favorite places to help enhance your trip. 

Museums Galore

While you’re exploring NoVA’s museums, you may as well make a stop in D.C. and visit the world’s largest museum, research and education complex. The Smithsonian Institution has 21 museums and education centers for free — there’s something for everyone!

battlefield in Manassas, Virginia
Courtesy of Visit Prince William

Worthy pit stops

  • Cossey Botanical Park – Walk around Cossey Botanical Park for the views and beauty.
  • Bees & Trees Farm – Before you take your sips at Old House Vineyard, stop by Bees & Trees Farm to say hi to Tigger and Eeyore, its two most popular barn animals. 
  • Tysons Corner Center – Get your shopping fix at Tysons Corner Galleria with over 300 shops and restaurants. 
  • Middleburg, VA –  Known as The Nation’s Horse and Hunt Capital, the charming, tiny town of Middleburg offers the best of small-town America: local art museums, historic landmarks and one-of-a-kind antiques.

For more guides and resources, head to virginia.org.

Virginia Spirits is for lovers. There’s no better way to mark the special occasion of Valentine’s Day than toasting with a glass filled with locally produced, quality spirits. 

From recognizing your partner’s fascination with the distilling process and supporting local to sampling and sipping all around the Commonwealth, here are three ways to incorporate Virginia spirits into your Valentine’s Day celebrations. 

Love for the Craft

For the spirits’ enthusiast in your life, the dedicated time, careful attention and small-batch approach to Virginia spirits is something to admire. So much heart and soul is poured into crafting each bottle made in the Commonwealth. 

Seek out and gift the good stuff – special reserves only available at the distillery, hand-signed bottles from the distiller who crafted it, new releases, etc. – to show your special person (who just so happens to be a spirits nerd) that you care and understand their love for the craft. 

Love at First Sip

The best Valentine’s Day celebrations and romantic dinners involve smooth, dreamy libations. Whether you’re making a special dinner for the one you love, having your girlfriends over for a rom-com movie marathon or toasting to yourself, Virginia spirits have you covered. 

Check out these sweet, sippable cocktails: 

Even if food is the star of the show, handcrafted spirits will only enhance the evening. Here are some pairing suggestions for this day of love: 

  • Oysters + Gimlets (Gin)
  • Charcuterie + Brandy
  • Steak + Old Fashioned or Whiskey Sour
  • Chocolate + Straight Sippers: While there are cocktails that incorporate and support the indulgence of chocolate, we recommend keeping it simple. Overall, bourbon – with smooth, caramel notes coming from new charred oak barrels – is ideal for a variety of chocolates. Other ideas include:
    • Milk Chocolate + Rum
    • Nutty Chocolate + Rye Whiskey
    • White Chocolate + Gin
  • Any Dessert + Espresso Martini (Vodka, Coffee Liqueur)

We promise, it’ll be love at first sip!

Love is an Adventure

If your significant other is one for adventures, Virginia spirits can offer just that. From special events to a winding trail of exploration, 70+ Virginia distilleries wait to host you this Valentine’s Day. 

There are events all month long to shower your person with the love (and spirits) they deserve: 

Hoping for something more unique and intimate for the two of you? Use the itinerary feature to plan a day or weekend getaway to a region of your choosing. We even have a comprehensive guide on trips to the Virginia Mountains, Shenandoah Valley, Southwest Virginia and Southern Virginia regions. 

And… earn points for visiting! The Virginia Spirits Passport is a mobile pass that allows you to redeem those points for prizes like cocktail ingredients, swag and special sweepstakes. On Valentine’s Day (2/14), we’re offering double the points – which means double the opportunity for prizes. 

For all the romantic vibes this holiday, we can’t get enough of these tasting rooms: 

At the end of the day, love is an adventure – and traversing through one of Virginia’s seven distinct distilling regions is a memorable expression of that love.

If you can’t make it out to a distillery, shop Virginia spirits at a Virginia ABC store near you. Sip responsibly. 

It’s giving season, and what better way to share something delicious with friends and family (while supporting small businesses) than with a bottle of craft spirits made right here in Virginia! Read on to learn where and how to shop for local spirits this December and beyond. 

Make it an Experience

Distilleries can’t wait to host you in their tasting rooms! Sample before you buy and get to know the distiller and their products, so you can share a bottle with a story. This is often the best way to see a distillery’s full product list, including specialty, small-batch bottles only available at the distillery. Many also have online ordering and shipping available. Visit our Virginia Spirits Trail for quick links to distillery websites and online shops.

Another alternative, Virginia ABC stores carry a wide catalog of curated spirits. With stores all over the Commonwealth, look for the “Virginia Made” section and find your next favorite bottle. If you can’t find the exact craft spirit you’re looking for, you can order online and have it shipped directly to your local store in 7-14 days. 

Discover the Latest Award Winners

If you’re unsure where to start, take expert or public opinion into consideration! Virginia distillers are award-winning and incredibly talented. Here’s just a few recent recognitions to help you decide on something special: 

Bundle for Craft Cocktails

cocktail with clear liquid and sprig of rosemary
Rosemary Rickey, courtesy of KO Distilling

Explore our cocktail page to find a delicious, personalized beverage for your loved ones. Purchase all the ingredients and print out the recipe for a thoughtful gift that inspires future get-togethers and memories. Here are some ideas for this winter season

Each holiday season, several local distilleries put together their own kits and bundles, too. Head to their website or check them out in tasting rooms or at Virginia ABC stores. 

Celebrate Local Artisans

One of the great things about the Virginia Spirits community is that most operations are small businesses and true “mom and pop shops.” When you visit, you get to know them and their story. Pick up your favorite bottle and ask for the distiller to sign it for a special touch. A great gift for the spirits fanatic in your life… a hand crafted bottle signed by the distiller who made it. 

Try Something Uniquely Virginia

Virginia bottles tell a story of the land and its crops, just as much as the producers behind it. All across the state, distillers are taking corn, rye, barley and many other ingredients right from their own backyard or from nearby farmers; turning these local crops into world-class spirits. 

Some are even using local methods to distill and finish their products – take, for example, Waterman Spirits who uses coral off the nearby coast to filter its organic line of vodka. 


Did you know Virginia distilleries produce more than 175 different types and styles of spirits? Visit our website and sort by spirit type if you have a specific Virginia Spirit in mind. Happy gift giving!