Potomac Point Winery

Potomac Point Winery's signature stained glass window. / © HopkinsPhotos

If you take a short drive south of Woodbridge — just beyond Quantico — you’ll find a charming oasis of calm that is soothing to the soul. We’re referring to a new Virginia winery, Potomac Point Vineyard and Winery, which is about to open July 12. And we Woodbridge residents are lucky enough to have it pretty much in our own backyard.

We visited the winery and tasting room for its “soft launch” June 9, and we were most impressed.

Owners Skip and Cindi Causey have been dreaming about opening a winery for years, and they’ve built a real gem of a place here. In an area of Stafford County known as Widewater, you’ll find their winery, which will make you think you’ve stumbled across a spot in the rolling hills of Tuscany, Italy, or perhaps found a nice little slice of Napa, California. You’ll be glad you discovered it. It’s a winery that will add greatly to the growing respect for Virginia wines, and it’s a unique destination spot in our corner of the world.

Outside Potomac Point Winery. / © HopkinsPhotos

Not too far off Rt. 1, up a hilly gravel driveway, you’ll see the winery perched on a hill, overlooking freshly planted vineyards (get directions). It’s an impressive facility. It has an old-world feel to it, with a large open courtyard off the tasting room, a balcony with a seating area that overlooks the courtyard and a sweeping veranda off their banquet hall with a great view of the vineyards and plenty of tables to sit down at and enjoy the afternoon or evening.

The tasting room at Potomac Point Winery. / © HopkinsPhotos

The tasting room is expansive, with lots of room for dozens of people to sample the variety of wines. To the side of the tasting room is a relaxing sitting room that feels like an over-sized family room, with deep leather chairs and couches, a fireplace, a bar area, and a beautiful stained glass window displaying the winery logo. This will be a great spot to hang out either on a hot summer day when sitting outside is just too tough to take, or a chilly fall afternoon with a roaring fire.

Potomac Point Winery's expansive ballroom can host weddings and other large functions. / © HopkinsPhotos

The ballroom is enormous — 2,500 spacious square feet for large events, such as wedding receptions — with French doors that open out onto the veranda. And although the kitchen hadn’t opened yet, we got a look at the developing menu, and it feels just right for a winery: a wide variety of cured meats, cheeses, breads, sandwiches, salads and soups, as well as other specialties that will vary day-by-day or week-by-week.

Potomac Point Winery is positioned as a multi-faceted facility that can accommodate regular customers who might just decide to drop by for a glass or a bottle of wine and a bite to eat, as well as a major event venue for weddings, receptions, family reunions and the like. Frank Zilleckis, who knows a thing or two about handling a large amount of hungry diners (he formerly managed the Carrabba’s Italian Grill in Woodbridge’s Foulger Square) oversees the catering. They’ve hired a chef, David Paul Lewis, who has made a name for himself throughout the culinary world and is the author of a number of books to oversee the event menu. We’ll have a more extensive review of the food when we visit after the July 12 grand opening.

The veranda just outside the ballroom at Potomac Point Winery. / © HopkinsPhotos

The courtyard in front of Potomac Point Winery. / © HopkinsPhotos

We were as impressed with the wines as we were with the property. Skip seemed quite proud of the wines, too, as he led a small group on a tour of the facility, explaining the history of the land, what went into the construction of the facility, and the process of making grapes into wine. We tasted a number of wines, starting with the La Belle Vie, which is a blend of Pinot Grigio, Viognier, Chardonnay and Marsanne grapes. We’re not necessarily fans of this style of wine, but we were very impressed by La Belle Vie’s drinkability — a very refreshing blend that’s very easy to drink on a hot summer day. We moved on to the Chardonnay, a type of wine we drink often. We thought it was a nicely balanced wine and though it was aged in aged in French oak, it didn’t hit you over the head with that heavy oaky flavor. Very nice. We went on to some reds and were impressed by the Cabernet Franc, with its chocolate-cherry notes. Our favorite reds, though, had to be the Norton and Potomac Point’s signature wine, the Pocahontas Norton Reserve, which is blended with a little Cabernet Franc. Both were very solid reds and well worth the $15 and $20 a bottle price tags.

Owner Skip Causey

You owe yourself a short trip down into Stafford to experience Potomac Point Winery. It’s definitely worth the drive. We’ve been to the Napa and Sonoma valleys in California and have visited some impressive wineries: Niebaum-Coppola, Ledson, Sterling, Gary Farrell, Mumm’s, Stag’s Leap, Iron Horse, Preston Vineyards, Grgich Hills Estate, and others. It’s quite a trip, from here to California for a visit like that … but you can get a similar experience just down the road a ways. Potomac Point promises to be the kind of place that will mature nicely in years to come, and we think the kind of place that will really put Virginia wines on the map.

We’ll be back to Potomac Point and will report on their grand opening, and we’ll keep you posted as the winery grows, so keep coming back for more updates.

If you go:
Website: Potomac Point Winery
275 Decatur Rd
Stafford, VA
Phone (540) 446-2266
Email: cindi@potomacpointwinery.com


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