Loudoun County is Virginia’s richest locality in terms of number of wineries. One of the newer (2009) entries, Dry Mill Vineyards & Winery is nestled in Virginia Hunt Country, surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains and despite its relative youth considers itself one of NOVA’s “old school” wineries.
Built by a family with a passion for grape growing and the love of wine,
Dry Mill Vineyards & Winery combines old country grape varietals with the latest wine-making techniques to produce deeply satisfying, approachable wines for all palates.
The winery is set on nine rolling acres, just one mile outside of historic Leesburg, in a stable and barn that was once home to the horses and dogs of the Loudoun Hunt Club.
Owners Dean and Nancy Vanhuss with their daughter Michelle Pizzarello have carefully restored the old barn and stables, reusing nearly all of the original wood, keeping the spirit of the stable alive and giving the winery a distinctly rustic feel. Exposed wooden beams, a tin roof, sconces, and a fireplace provide a warm and welcoming character throughout the winery.
For Dean, winemaking is a retirement venture after a career in technology. He shares winemaking duties with Karen Reed. He has been growing grapes in Loudoun since the late 1990s and currently has six acres planted, most of which are at Short Hill Vineyards, Dean and Nancy’s home in Lovettsville.