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“Sad, Waste of Time and Waste of some Beautiful Land!”
Review of Capitol Vineyard - CLOSED

Capitol Vineyard
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Reviewed 24 August 2015

Were quite familiar with the Delaplane area and VERY familiar with VA vineyards, as we've visited nearly half in VA (there are over 250!). We decided to finally go look for this winery and found it right away... Appeared to be an old, ancient vineyard with an old farmhouse. The vines we saw were overgrown with grass and leaves and we saw plenty of vine trellis's without any vines on them.

It was slightly difficult to find the place, as you needed to look for the address on a run down, old mailbox and there was a small, wood plank above the door with the name of the place.

We saw no cars and it appeared to look like a scene/setting for a horror movie, so needless to say, we didn't stop. We didn't even see people or anything that would indicate they were opened. Honestly, they could have the best wines in the world, but NO ONE would give a place like this a chance. If they are open, they MUST invest some time and energy into a decent, inviting tasting room. We've been to some in VA that are literally in shacks/garages and had good wines, so we're not snobs and don't expect grand, beautiful tasting rooms.

I wouldn't waste your time with this one until they decide to consider their business to be real and care about the visitors enough to provide an adequate facility.

Thank J E
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Reviewed 24 February 2015

Your first impression will be to drive on by, and you won't regret it if you do. But if you're on that country road anyway, ignore the appearance of the "tasting room" (which is a run down old house right by the road) and stop for a tasting. They had a decent variety, and the wines actually were pretty good.

Thank Mike B
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Reviewed 5 October 2014

Although the web site is still there, the recording on the phone makes no mention, and the sign on the front of the building still posts its hours, the little tasting room at Capitol Vineyards is locked up tighter than a drum. Emails sent to the listed address are returned as being unable to be delivered because the mailbox is full (?). Upon returning home after a disappointing drive out to Sage Road, I did find 3600 Sage Road as a ReMax listing!

Thank deavers
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Reviewed 29 September 2013

Visited Capital Vineyard Sept 2013. The directions on the Virginia Winery Guide was misleading and confusing; appears to try to fool the drivers into taking this arduous winding path for 10-miles into cow-poop country before they release nothing out here worth the effort. There were no Grapes or vines growing anywhere; everything barren. The gravel road leading to the Vineyard appears to be purposely grated such that drivers must feel Rumble-Strips shaking the car (and occupants) violently for some miles so much that had to drive that distance at about 2-5 mph on dusty road. Road so narrow that constantly needed to drive into the muddy ditch so that oncoming traffic (too rude to wait, or even slow down) could get by; road was a bit less than 1-lane wide. There was no lodge (farm-house viewed in distance); tiny parking area. View was of cow-pasture hillside of barren land. Obviously, the Vineyard owner lied in the Virginia Wine Guide when they said it was romantic, good for picnics, or other Sales-Points, etc.. No one in their right mind would ever suffer this effort to come all the way out here again. Avoid at all costs.

2  Thank ME98
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Reviewed 14 July 2013

Read the other reviews for what they are - yuppie coupon users who want the Rockefeller treatment, super paved winery parking lots, granite counters, and lobster and filet for the price of a cheese sandwich and complain when they don’t get it and just write bad reviews (like its way out in the country and the road was windy). And now for the truth. As I always say, whether the wine is great, good or bad is YOUR taste. I found all their wines to be flavorful, rich and the varieties base taste as they should and for my taste ALL were very good and at a very reasonable cost, especially for a small new winery (3 years). The wine tasting room is in an old small building that was a general store for many years. Their home page makes no claims of some million dollar tasting facility, just a place to taste their wines. Its one simple room with a large u shaped counter that dates back to the general store days with stools. Sorry, no wine themed trivets, dried flowers, olive oils, wooden eggs, postcards, cider mixes, or other stuff to buy. Just wine for sale. JUST a nice small place to taste the wine with your server probably being one of the two owners. Both sill work full time on the Hill in DC and are striving to help all of us with another winery. The owner who served me was very pleasant, gave just enough information about each wine to help me enjoy it without the usual BS most pourers try to give you. There were 4 other people there when I was there and she was polite and friendly to all. Based on their comments about the wine they were tasting she made suggestions about what else they might like and gladly gave additional pours and even other vintages of the same wine on the list so we could taste the differences before what we might want to purchase. I wound up getting two bottles of different vintages and was pleased that the tasting was then free. Unfortunately most wineries in the Northern Virginia or Shenandoah Valley area do take your tasting off it you make a purchase.

So if you want to try some good wines from a small start up make sure you take a few minutes and come by. If you need the place with the 20 passenger wine tour bus, 30-40 dollar bottles of wine, the place selling the 4 dollar wedge of brie for 16 dollars and the crackers are extra, then pass Capitol Vineyards up and head to DC to the wine shop, Oh and yes the state hasn’t put up a wine tour sign for them yet but all you do is turn off of Route 55 and head for the winery.

2  Thank Marc L
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