Tucked away on rolling farmland in Northern Virginia’s burgeoning wine country, Hiddencroft Vineyards greets guests with an exceptional blend of fine wines, gracious hospitality and personable service.
This charming winery was founded in May 2008 by, husband and wife, Clyde and Terry Housel. The couple, who came from long careers with the Federal Government, began planting their vineyard in 2001 and were grape-growers first. The Housel’s decided from the beginning they would focus on producing grapes, and then wines, of superior quality. Clyde, who is the winemaker and largely self-taught, is doing just that. Hiddencroft wines are approachable and readily drinkable. The red wines see plenty of barrel time…between 22 and 42 months. May 2017 marked Hiddencroft’s 10th vintage year and sampling red wines from their private cellar has told the owners their red wines have stood the test of time and taste better than ever. The white wines are complex and show the characteristics of the terroir…fruit, flowers and spice. Novelty wines of unusual flavors such as blueberry, cherry, apple, pomegranate and blackberry make appearances on the the tasting menu as well.
In 2011, the Housels expanded operations to the adjacent property. The tasting room, once housed in their production facility, is now a circa 1850’s farmhouse. Open year-round, the farmhouse has two tasting counters with a view of the backyard, Dutchman’s Creek and a period kitchen building. The upper floor of the farmhouse has seating in three rooms and seat about 25. A large deck seats 30 guests under colorful umbrellas, and has an open view of the vineyard. Behind the deck, a large patio and massive fire-pit provide additional seating in Spring & Summer and warm ambiance in cooler weather. Flower gardens surround the house and attract the eye with bright colors and a multitude of butterflies. The property is a certified butterfly habitat of colossal size.
During the warmer months, the 1930’s bank barn is sometimes used for live music and special events. The barn is resplendent in simplicity. Massive beams and sturdy floors, with sliding doors that open the barn up to sunlight and fresh air on both the North and South sides. Cracks between the batten strips on the outside of the barn allow in streams of light that lend an ethereal look. Large, rustic chandeliers provides a warm glow. Expansive tasting counters in the barn, made simply from used burgundy barrels and fence boards, allow Hiddencroft to accommodate tastings for larger groups, Mondays-Fridays, with with advance reservation. The barn is used for Corporate functions. The Housel’s do not host weddings at Hiddencroft Vineyards.
Check the Hiddencroft Events Tab frequently. Special wine and food pairings, vineyard tours, live music, and wine-maker’s dinners, are scheduled throughout the year.