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Paradise Springs Winery can make two unique claims. It is the oldest winery in Fairfax County, Virginia, and the closest winery to Washington DC. The popular vineyard is tucked at the end of a country road in charming Clifton, Virginia. The scenic location, welcoming spaces, and tasty wines make Paradise Springs Winery a fun gathering spot and day trip destination.
History Runs Deep at Paradise Springs Winery
Paradise Springs Winery is owned by Jane Kincheloe Wiles and her son Kirk. The vineyard is located on land granted to Jane and Kirk’s ancestors by Lord Fairfax in 1716, as part of the original Fairfax Grant. The land passed down through the generations until the current owners planted a vineyard and opened the winery.
An early 1800s log cabin on the property preserves some of that family history, but with a more modern update. In 1955 the cabin was renovated by a protégé of Frank Lloyd Wright.
“Influences of Frank Lloyd Wright’s work can be seen throughout the renovation including the indirect lighting, hidden spaces, intricate electrical switches, small entrances into large rooms, and the concept of bringing nature indoors.” — Paradise Springs Winery
The winery tasting room occupies a lovely red barn that was originally located in downtown Fairfax. The barn was carefully disassembled in 1956 and rebuilt in it’s current location. History is also behind the Paradise Springs Winery name. Clifton was once known for it’s healing spring waters, which were bottled under the name Paradise Springs in 1910.
Fun in Fairfax VA had the scoop on Paradise Springs Winery even before it opened. Our original article shared news of the impending opening:
“Tomorrow, Fairfax County residents no longer have to travel to Loudoun County (and beyond) to visit wineries. Paradise Springs opens its tasting room to the public at 11 a.m. on Saturday, January 16, 2010.”
Paradise Springs Winery Today
Virginia wine lovers will find several nice places to sip and relax at Paradise Spring Winery. On a warm day we like the picnic tables near the vineyard, the patio and lawn near the tasting barn, and the patio out back. If tasting is your goal head into the barn and find a spot at the counter.
The winery welcomes leashed dogs, but they are not allowed in any buildings, including the back patio. The back patio is also reserved for adults over 21, and is where the music acts perform. If you’re visiting to watch a band, leave the kids and pups at home.
Paradise Springs Winery hosts live music and special events throughout the year. The winery generally celebrates it’s anniversary over the MLK Day weekend with special tastings. There is no restaurant on site, but a menu of cheese, meats, and snacks is available. You can also bring your own picnic.
The winery property sits at the edge of Bull Run, and the Occoquan watershed contributes to the rich soil that makes this an ideal location for a vineyard. We highly recommend you visit the river and surrounding forest on a Bull Run – Occoquan Trail hike before or after your winery visit.
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