Parents deserve to relax and unwind, and what better way to do it without a babysitter fee than by visiting family-friendly wineries in the DC area that welcome kids.
Hot summer days are made for creek stomping, exploring waterfalls and getting soaked at a splash park. What goes well with a long day of adventure? A glass of crisp wine! Because let’s be honest: What grownup doesn’t want to sip on a dry red or a smooth rose at the end of a solid day of parenting? However, when looking for family-friendly wineries, it’ll quickly become clear that not all vineyards welcome little guests. Meanwhile, others offer board games, crayons and coloring paper, and kid menus—and some offer goodies to fur babies as well! Scroll down for the best kid-friendly wineries to, well, un-wined after an action-packed day with the whole family.
The Winery at Bull Run
This winery is just a quick trip out of town, but once you set foot on the grounds you'll feel a world away from city life. Grab a glass or two and head inside the family-designated tent for a toasty toast! Take a walk as a family and explore the old homestead before your wine tasting; the pastoral setting has plenty of space for kiddos to roam.
Barrel Oak Winery
Long-cited as DC’s top family-friendly winery, Barrel Oak unfolds against the backdrop of the beautiful Virginia Piedmont countryside, just a hop and a skip (one hour) from the District. Owners Brian and Sharon work hard to create a community atmosphere by welcoming parents with kids, hikers, bikers, and travelers from the other side of the globe. And their love of dogs is evident throughout the place, from the paw prints on the menus, to their resident staff member, Birch. Children love the all-inclusive, pet-friendly atmosphere, while adults love the expansive patio views and whimsical décor. And then there’s the award-winning wines—24,000 gallons right on the property.
3623 Grove Ln.
Early Mountain Vineyards
Cozy up to a fire pit at this winery located 90 minutes from downtown DC. There is plenty of space for kids to run around while you sip your wine. Want to let them in on the fun? Kids can even join in the tasting with Okencroft Farm Juices, made from wine grapes, but without the alcohol.
6109 Wolftown-Hood Rd.
Paradise Springs Winery
This really is a little spot of paradise located right in Clifton, VA. Pack up a picnic lunch, plan a hike at the nearby Hemlock Overlook Regional Park and then recoup in the sunshine at this family-friendly vineyard. Small snacks are for sale and while tiny tots are not allowed on the back deck the outdoor space beyond the deck is perfect for picnics and play time.
Sugar Loaf Mountain Vineyard
The relaxed family-friendly vibes are immediate when you head out to in Dickerson, MD. A designated play area just for wee ones with an expansive space beyond encourages all the running, jumping, and games of tag they can muster. No need to sneak in snacks you can buy small ones here or bring your own set of sweets and savories to munch on while you spend a whole day outside enjoying vino and Familia.
18125 Comus Rd.
Potomac Point Winery & Vineyard
Want to feel as if you are on a bit of a getaway? Potomac Point offers a little bit of Tuscany in Northern Virginia. Take advantage of one of their other family-friendly events held year-round. Reservations are required and can be made up to 30 days in advance.
Quattro Goomba's Winery
Just saying the name Quattro Goombas is fun. Wine, frozen sangria, craft beer, thick crusty pizza, tacos, and beverage flights are all in a day’s visit. Bring a picnic and lounge around while the kiddos play, you can literally spend an entire day here without getting bored. There’s plenty of room to explore, vineyards to admire and of course—wine to drink! Don't forget to reserve your space before you go.
22860 Monroe-Madison Memorial Hwy.
Rockland Farms Winery & Market
In addition to some of the yummiest pasture-raised meats, fruit, and veggies, this working farm pours some of the tastiest wines near the DMV. Swing by Thursday-Sunday for sips and family-friendly self-guided tours. There's plenty of running around space for the littles and the rustic scenery makes for fabulous photo opps.
14525 Montevideo Rd.
Worth The Drive: Keswick Vineyards
Located on the Monticello wine trail near Charlottesville, VA, Keswick’s 400-acre Edgewood Estate is the quintessential manor with breathtaking views of the countryside and the Blue Ridge Mountains. While it’s a gorgeous spot for a high-class wedding, you’ll feel equally at home with your little ones in tow for a wine tasting and tour. Crayons, coloring books, and games are available to keep them busy while you swirl and swish the goods. Check their website for family-friendly events featuring live music, food, and of course, vino.
1575 Keswick Winery Dr.
Additional reporting by Hilary Riedemann