Winter at the Wineries: Cozy Vineyards With Heated Outdoor Seating

When the days get shorter and temperatures drop, there’s nothing better than spending a few hours in front of a crackling fire with a glass of wine in hand. If you don’t happen to have a fireplace at home, head to one of these cozy Virginia wineries, which are offering safe outdoor seating with fireplaces, fire pits, and private heated bays. 

Cana Vineyards & Winery—Middleburg

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Photo Credit: Lisa Petty

Cana Vineyards & Winery has several outdoor heated options this winter! Five fire pits are currently spread around the lawn, with four more expected to be installed shortly. The covered front porch and upper deck are outfitted with patio heaters for individual tables, and the popular Sunset Pavilion (a covered space for poor weather) offers socially-distanced seating under ceiling heaters with a beautiful stone fireplace at the end of the pavilion providing extra heat for those chillier winter days. S’more kits can be purchased from the tasting room bar, providing a sweet treat to pair with your vino. 

No reservations are needed for parties of ten or fewer, as these fire pits are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Parties larger than ten are currently not allowed due to COVID-19 restrictions. The winery is open Thursday, Friday, Sunday, and Monday from 12-6pm, and Saturday from 11am-6pm. 

Magnolia Vineyards & Winery—Amissville

Enjoy a wine tasting beside a fire pit at Magnolia Vineyards & Winery (winds and weather permitting). If the weather isn’t ideal, grab a seat on their semi-enclosed covered porch, outfitted with heaters to keep you warm. 

Cave Ridge Vineyard & Winery—Mount Jackson

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In the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains overlooking the Shenandoah Valley, Cave Ridge Vineyard has both fire pits and heat lamps spread around their outdoor seating areas. Six tables in the lounge area have sofa seating and fire tables that accommodate groups of two to eight people, and large patio heaters placed throughout the courtyard and covered pavilion keep you warm while you’re wine tasting. Additional wood fire pits further from the winery tasting room allow for safe social distancing, and beginning in January, fully-furnished private heated igloos will be available to rent for groups of two to eight people. Heated tables and fire pits available for reservation or walk-in; make your reservation by calling the winery or book online.

Greenhill Winery & Vineyards—Middleburg

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Loudoun County’s Greenhill Winery & Vineyards has ten stone fire pits and sixteen propane-fueled fire pits and heaters. The majority of the spaces are available for reservation on the winery website, while the remaining allow for walk-in seating. The vineyard is open Monday-Sunday from 12-6pm and follows current COVID-19 guidelines, with exterior lawn seating spaced 30 feet apart for your safety and comfort. 

Two Twisted Posts Winery—Purcellville

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Photo Credit: Lynda Dattilio

With five outdoor fire pits, four small metal fire pits, and one massive stone fireplace section for groups, Two Twisted Posts Winery has plenty of cozy outdoor seating areas for the winter. A newly enclosed area with heaters supplements the private fire pits, which are available to reserve ahead of time for $10 an hour (the fire pits are also available for walk-in seating if not in use). The winery is open Thursday through Monday from 11am-6pm, and groups are limited to ten people or fewer. 

Iron Heart Winery—Allisonia

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Iron Heart Winery is offering private 15- and 20-foot enclosed bell tents that are heated with small wood stoves and furnished with antique home furniture and decor like coffee tables, hand-stitched quilts, and woven rugs. These tent rentals include outdoor fire pits and extra seating, making them ideal for groups. A six hour tent rental includes a complimentary bottle of wine, free glasses and corkscrews, free firewood, and a cooler with ice. 

Barren Ridge Vineyards—Fishersville

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The owners of Barren Ridge Vineyards built their winery on the family’s former apple orchard, creating a state-of-the-art winery while preserving the original structure and wood beams of the apple barn. A patio with six outdoor propane heaters and a stone fireplace offer seating on brisk winter days, and there is one outdoor propane fire pit available as well, which can be reserved ahead of time by calling the winery. Barren Ridge is open Wednesday & Thursday from 12-6pm, Friday & Saturday from 12-8pm, and Sunday from 1-6pm. 

Potomac Point Winery—Stafford

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Enjoy a luxurious wine experience with your friends or family at Potomac Point Winery when you rent one of their private lounge tents, which is best suited for groups of four to eight people. All lounge tents are heated and offer views of the vineyard below. Two of the tents include a private fire pit, where you can roast s’mores purchased as kits from the winery tasting room. Each reservation is allotted two hours to enjoy the space and includes a staff member for personal food & beverage service from the winery’s dining menu, which consists of cheese platters, small plates, flatbreads, desserts, and more. Potomac Point Winery also has five bistro fire pit tables available for parties of one to ten guests. Both the tents and the bistro seating have food and beverage minimums per person and the tents are subject to an additional rental fee. The luxury tents and fire pit dining tables can be booked online; it is recommended to book well in advance, as seating is limited. 

James Charles Winery & Vineyard—Winchester

Book a private fire pit to cozy up with a glass of wine and blankets at James Charles Winery & Vineyards. The winery also offers s’mores kits for a sweet treat roasted over the fire. 

King Family Vineyard—Crozet

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Photo Credit: Matthew Brown

Visit King Family Vineyards during the winter and get toasty around one of their eight smokeless Burly USA fire pits (these are made in Virginia!), available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Love the fire pits? Purchase one from the winery gift shop and you’ll be able to recreate the magic of King Family Vineyards at your own home! The rest of the winery’s outdoor seating is warmed with supplemental heaters, so even if you miss out on the fire pits, you can enjoy a glass of wine on the patio. King Family is open daily from 10am-5:30pm. 

Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyard—North Garden

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Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyard offers three communal gas fire pits spread over their expansive lawn for guests to gather around while sipping wine, roasting s’mores, and soaking in breathtaking views. The s’more kits can be purchased for $10, include the components to make 4 individual s’mores, and are available Friday through Sunday at the winery. Pippin Hill is open Tuesday through Sunday 11am-6pm.

8 Chains North Winery—Waterford

Gather around the fire pits at 8 Chains North Winery on those frigid winter days. Pair your wine tasting with one of their s’mores kits to add a seasonal touch to your visit. No reservations needed; fire pits are first-come, first-serve. 

Casanel Vineyards & Winery—Leesburg

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Photo Credit: Erik Bowen

Leesburg’s Casanel Vineyards & Winery has four fire pits spread around their property as well as a few heaters on the patio. Glasses and bottles of wine are available by the fire pits, while the patio service also includes self-guided wine flights. Reservations are required for all guests and can be made online, through Instagram or Facebook, or by calling the winery. Winery hours are Friday through Monday 11am-6pm. 

Ashton Creek Vineyard—Chester

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Photo Credit: Jerry Stout

For winter seating at Ashton Creek Vineyards, snag one of their two fire pits or a seat on the winery’s heated patio. No reservations are needed for fire pits or patio seating. Visit the winery Wednesday through Saturday from 12-8pm or Sunday from 12-6pm. 

Glass House Winery—Free Union

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Photo Credit: Courtney Walker Smith

To combat cold weather and keep guests socially distanced, Glass House Winery installed nine private tables with propane heaters, three large outdoor patio heaters, and a traditional wood burning fire pit that is available for walk-in seating. The winery is open 12-5:30pm Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday, and on Friday from 12-9pm. Groups are limited to ten people or less with the current COVID-19 restrictions. 

Montifalco Vineyard—Ruckersville

Montifalco Vineyard offers two-hour reservations for their outdoor seating on the hour from 12-3pm Friday through Sunday with wine tastings, pours by the glass, and bottle service. Pair wines with items from their cheese, charcuterie and sweets menu, or bring your own food to enjoy with your wine. Seating options include four propane fire pits, four tables beside propane tower heaters, and three wood-burning fire pits. Additionally, four sofa lounge seating areas with fire pits are available for walk-in seating or by prior request. Picnic tables and adirondack chairs are spaced throughout for visitors on a first-come, first-serve basis. Reservations can be made through the winery’s website; due to COVID-19 restrictions, groups are limited to five people or less. 

Early Mountain Vineyards—Madison

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In addition to seven fire pit seating areas spaced across the property, Early Mountain Vineyards has patio seating sections with space heaters. To reserve patio seating, book on the winery website; all fire pits are for walk-in seating only, and are only open when weather permits. 

Abingdon Vineyards—Abingdon

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Abingdon Vineyards has five fit pits spaced out on the winery’s lawn area and a heated outdoor patio section. No reservations are needed. The winery is open Wednesday through Sunday from 12-6pm. 

Valley Road Vineyards—Afton

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Both communal and reserved private “FireGlobes” (a wood-burning variation of a fire pit) that seat up to eight people are available at Valley Road Vineyards to keep guests warm, toasty, and socially distant. Reservations are required for all groups of five or more people and can be made by calling the tasting room. While the FireGlobes are prioritized to guests with reservations, they can be used by walk-in guests if they are available. Two non-reserved FireGlobes that seat up to four people are located in the Patio and Grove areas for “first-come, first-serve” complimentary seating. The winery offers bottle and glass sales, several different tasting flights, and mulled wine by the glass, and a selection of “Grab & Go” food can be purchased from the tasting room (guests may also bring their own food). Valley Road is open Monday through Friday 12-5pm and Saturday and Sunday 10:30am-5:30pm.

Bozzo Family Vineyards—Purcellville

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Bozzo Family Vineyards offers reserved outdoor seating through their online reservation system as well as open seating available to walk-in patrons. Outdoor seating options include two fire pits and four seating sections warmed by outdoor propane heaters. The winery is open Friday from 3-6pm, Saturday from 1-6pm, and Sunday from 1-5pm. 

Revalation Vineyards—Madison

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Eleven fire pits spread around the outdoor patio at Revalation Vineyards allow visitors to savor a glass of Virginia vino even in the chilly winter weather. The winery is open by reservation only Friday through Sunday from 1-5pm; reservations can be made online.

Reynard Florence Vineyard—Barboursville

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Reynard Florence Vineyard currently has two fire pits, two patio-style heaters, and additional outdoor seating safely distanced on their property. All outdoor seating is open for walk-in visitors and does not require reservations, but groups of six or more should call ahead to ensure sufficient space and availability for seating. The winery is open Friday 12-5pm, Saturday & Sunday 11am-5pm, and on Holiday Mondays from 12-5pm or by appointment.

These are just a few of the Virginia vineyards offering exceptional outdoor winter wine experiences. Here are even more cozy wineries with fire pits, patio heaters, and other outdoor seating options for those chilly winter days:

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