Have you always wanted to plan a VA winery tour, but don't have any idea how to? You've come to the right place! Girls' Night Out has been providing virginia wine tours to Northern Virginia Wine Country for since 1996. Whether you're a total novice wine drinker, or certified "Wine Geek", you'll benefit from our experience, knowledge of all the Northern Virginia wineries, and attention to detail we give our VA Wine tours.
All tours include the following:
Note our prices are effective 2/1/2017
Saturday Brunch and Wine Tour
- Brunch (Cost of brunch NOT INCLUDED),
tastings at 3 wineries, planning assistance, and extra time for brunch included
Spa and Wine Tour
- Includes spa, lunch, and tastings at 2 wineries. 10% Gratuity is included.
Some common questions:
Wine and Dinner Tour- Tour 3 wineries, bring along a dinner menu from one of our participating restaurants, and buy your wine for dinner!
We schedule a dinner for your group, at one of our participating restaurants.
The big difference, you're allowed to bring in wine from your tour to have
with your dinner. This is now possible in Virginia, because of a law passed 7/2011 that frees
up the restrictions on how ABC licensees can extend the "Corkage Fee" option to customers. This allows
the restaurant to charge customers a "Corkage Fee" to uncork and serve wine brought in by the
We're very excited about this, for several reasons:
Stock Your Cellar Tour
Are we allowed to bring/drink alcohol in the vehicle?
No. Only wine that you purchase at wineries along the tour may be brought into the vehicle. You may also drink wine that you purchase on the tour on the vehicle. Wine purchased at one winery may not be taken off the vehicle and drank at another winery. Failure to observe these rules could cause the tour to be terminated, or the individual(s) removed from the vehicle. There may be other repercussions from the winery/law enforcement/ABC for this behavior, such as removal from the premises, arrest, fines, etc.
Do we pick the wineries, or do you?
We'll provide as much/little assistance in this aspect as is needed/wanted. We're perfectly capable of recommending the entire itinerary, working with you to come up with the route, or letting you decide. Either way, we'll include any suggesitons we have, and inform you of any specials we're aware of, etc.
Which wineries can be included on the tour?
There are, as of 01/2012, 71 wineries in the "Northern Virginia" Winery Region, most of which are accessible from the Washington DC area via a tour that starts somewhere in the Wash., DC area. We've been to, and are friends with, nearly all of the Northern Virginia wineries, and can offer our real-time experiences with these wineries to you as you plan your tour. We'll work out any specifics with regard to this during the planning phase.
Are we on a time schedule?
Yes. Most of the wineries give us a "window" when we should try and be there. If we're taking longer, or are early, we'll communicate that to the wineries for you as we go. Since wineries generally require advance notice, it's expected courtesy to communicate such things to them, and we'll take care of this as needed.
Will there be places we can stop at for lunch, etc.?
To be sure, we could stop at several different places, a lot of wineries have nice facilities to enjoy lunch, and we're totally aware of the best places for your particular need. We recommend this as opposed to stopping at a restaurant, so that we can remain focused on the tour.
Is weather a determining factor?
Certainly, we would prefer a nice, sunny day, but the wineries are able to deal with inclement weather, so, while we won't be able to enjoy the outdoors in the event of inclement weather, we will still be able to make the stops on the tour. Some wineries have very nice indoor facilities as well, so there's still fun to be had, and wines to taste! Only snow/ice are real deterrents to wine tours, so non-winter months are virtually a guarantee that the tour will be do-able.
How much does all this cost?
As we indicated above, different tours have different pricing plans. See above for pricing plans for the tour that best suits your needs
How much do wineries charge for tasting fees, and does Girls' Night Out get any discounts for these?
Wineries generally charge a tasting fee to groups, because they have to work a little harder to prepare for us. These can range from $8.00 - $15.00 per person, and must be paid up front. Wineries charge fees to cover the cost of the tasting, and all the other expenses of maintaining a winery & tasting room. If you get the pleasure of taking a tour of a winery while out on your tour, you'll come away with a fresh appreciation of all the effort that goes into each and every bottle of wine, and understand this more. It's also expected that tasting fees will be paid in cash, up front, with ONE payment for the entire group.
Does your company service "mixed" groups (guys AND girls)?
ABSOLUTELY! We encourage you to populate your group with whatever works the best, either mixed, or women only! Prices are the same regardless of whether your group is mixed or not.
Can we end the tour at a restaurant for dinner?
Absolutely! In addition, Girls' Night Out tours have agreements with several restaurants that allow wine purchased on the tour to be brought into their restaurant for you to enjoy with your dinner. This is accomplished by utilizing the "Corkage Fee" option that Virginia ABC Board allows restaurants to participate in. The restaurant will charge a "corkage fee" per bottle, typically $20.00 or so, to allow you to do this. There are some limitations, and we can make you aware of them if you decide to go this route. It's a great way to save a little money by not having to buy from the wine list at full price, especially after spending money buying wine all day!
Are winery tours "snooty", and not fun? We'd like to drink wine and have fun.
Excellent question! Winery tours are a lot of fun, and can be very educational as well. While there'll be drinking on this event, there's also an expected level of decorum we are required to adhere to. We'll help your group understand ahead of time exactly what's acceptable, etc. Common courtesy shown by your group is very much appreciated by the wineries, and Girls' Night Out groups have a reputation as being the best prepared, and most courteous. Note that, finally, Virginia Wineries fall under the jurisdiction of the Virginia ABC Board, and as such, are subject to the same alcohol dispensing procedures and laws as any restaurant, bar, etc. Simply put, wineries are required to deny service to anyone appearing too intoxicated. etc. We work very closely with the wineries to ensure that our groups remain in compliance with this. Your group will have the most fun, and enjoy the wine & tour much more if alcohol consumption is kept in check. We want you to have fun, but not so much that folks in the group are too drunk!
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