Winery Spotlight: Stone Tower Winery

Even though the pandemic rages on, many wineries are still working hard to give supporters a safe, get-away-from-reality experience. Stone Tower Winery in Leesburg is one. I visited Stone Tower for the first time in January.

If you know Leesburg, you know this winery is one that people constantly rave about. I understand why. With beautiful views and a more modern feel than some wineries, Stone Tower boasts “real” food (offerings beyond bread and cheese) and honestly, good wine. It is spacious, has decent parking, and you can tell that staff cares about your entire experience from start to finish.

Photo: wedding-spot.com

One of the best parts about Stone Tower is that it is 21 and up. Yes, you heard that right, no kids allowed. While some people see winery visits as a chance to get away with kids, I honestly do not and would actually like to see more 21+ wineries. As the parent of a 4-year-old, I enjoy winery visits as an adults only activity. And unless they are set up to welcome kids, most wineries just aren’t really built for it.

I reserved the cottage just a short distance from the winery for a night, so they set up an outdoor winery reservation for me when I reserved the cottage. This was great because on weekends the Tower View Tasting Room is open to members only. The other venue, Harvest Barn, is open for walk-in guests and flight reservations. You can learn all about visiting here. The safety precautions taken were top-notch and I liked that while I was there, there were no large groups present. My friend and I had a bottle of riesling, the charcuterie board, truffle fries and a crabcake sandwich. All of the food was wonderful and the charcuterie board included some unique offerings. The bottle of wine we had was fantastic. If you’re looking for a multitasking winery that is great for a girls day or a date with your significant other, Stone Tower is a good choice.

This board was a highlight.

A Letter from the Founder

“Wine with me.”

Thanks for taking the time to visit Black Women Who Wine. I’m passionate about where I live, work and play and wineries – and agrotourism in general – are a big part of that space.

Born and raised in Nelson County, VA, agriculture has been a big part of my life. However, only in recent years since I moved away in 2008, has the wine industry in Virginia seen the monumental growth that we benefit from today. But that’s a question, who benefits? Most low-income and low-wage workers in my native county would say they benefit very little from the booming wine industry. It can be noted that there are few brown faces in the industry.

So, now that I’ve returned to Central Virginia after 11 years, I’m interested in bringing some black and brown faces to these spaces. In the process, we’d like to influence marketing and messaging and create opportunities for dialogue with wineries and wine educators.

I don’t know a lot of people in the area, so there is no core group for this group. I’m just looking for like-minded ladies who love wine and have somewhat of an agenda…to create spaces and opportunities for sisterhood and equity in the world of Central Virginia wine, and beyond.

Tasha Durrett
Black Women Who Wine, Founder