Located among the gently rolling hills of northern Fauquier County, Virginia, Three Fox Vineyards has something–and space–for everyone, right down to your kids and your dogs. Blending well-crafted wines, park-like serenity, and vast spaces that will satisfy your craving for freedom, Three Fox gets it all right.
The hills are alive with . . . well, Pinot Grigio! And Viognier, Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Cabernet Franc and Merlot. Fifteen acres of Three Fox Vineyards’ sprawling 50-acre parcel is dedicated to growing these varietals. Though when you cross over the small bridge at the entrance, you’ll briefly forget you’re visiting a vineyard. That hill will bring out the kid in you. My daughter noted its complete awesomeness for sledding potential!
But as you ascend the hill, you’ll soon remember the reason for your visit. . . .
At a plateau near the crest, you’ll park near the farmhouse which serves as the main area for wine tastings. It is hard not to notice how abundantly the space is utilized, rich with dense gardens and varied seating areas. Few wineries in Virginia offer such a generous array of choices for enjoying a visit, with carved out spaces for any purpose, from a cozy table for sharing a bottle with a loved one to a widespread picnic for a dozen friends and family.
The farmhouse maintains its country charm in both architecture and décor, but don’t let the rural ambiance fool you into thinking Three Fox is serving up perfunctory wines. They offer a diverse assortment, and their tasting covers the spectrum.
The $11 tasting included the following ten wines:
Whites: 2015 Leggero Chardonnay, 2015 Calabrese Pinot Grigio, 2015 La Boheme Viognier, Gatto Biano (non-vintage white blend);
Rosés: Cano Pazzo Rosé (non-vintage);
Reds: 2012 Volpe Sangiovese (75% Sangiovese, 20% Cabernet Franc, 5% Chambourcin), 2012 Piemontese Nebbiolo, 2014 Alouette Cabernet Franc, 2013 La Trovatella Merlot, Rosso Dolce Chambourcin (non-vintage).
As lovely as it is to sit among the vines, the layout of the land really makes you want to (eventually) get up and take a walk. There are places for many activities: a sun-drenched picnic, an umbrella covered meal, a walk in the woods. There could be a hundred people on these grounds, each with their own private space. You might never see most of them.
At the foot of the mountain is a creek-lined path along the property, dotted fortuitously with large hammocks. Sure makes it easy to stay awhile!
If you’re looking for an escape from the brutal summer sun (for those of you not familiar with Virginia summers, the heat index can reach over 100 on any given day) a forest-covered creekside walk may be just the answer. The water runs clear, and a gentle breeze carries cool air over the area.
The outdoor options seem to never end. In addition to the indoor tasting rooms, there are an enormous outdoor covered tasting bar (heated in the winter), an additional covered patio, and tables galore.
Of note, these are not the only things outdoor–so are the bathrooms. Remember how I mentioned the farmhouse was still in its original architectural layout? I will say the ladies’ port-a-johns are the nicest I have ever used: running water, mirrors, and fans. However, Holli did mention that interior bathrooms are slated to be installed in the coming months.
Three Fox delivers not only delightful wines, but a breath of fresh air. My guess is you could probably use both. Enjoy!
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