|Address:||275 Decatur Rd, Stafford, VA 22554, USA|
|Working:||11AM–6PM Closed 11AM–6PM 11AM–6PM 11AM–9:30PM 11AM–9:30PM 10AM–6PM|
The drive down to Potomac Point Winery from Northern VA is so lovely during the fall. The leaves are all changing, and the winding road that leads into the winery is like the beginning of a fairytale. The grounds are beautiful. There are rows and rows of grapevines (and we actually saw clumps of grapes growing!) that are marked by what wine is made with them. Gorgeous view of the grapevines and the trees on the horizon. Theres a downward slope and you can see a picnic area and an open space thats dedicated for wedding ceremonies. They have three different tastings: classic, premier, and grand reserve. We chose the grand reserve ($16), which gave us 9 wines to try, a complimentary wine glass to keep, and an olive oil tasting. Viognier 2014: light floral notes, palate is rich. Chardonnay 2014: crisp, toasty notes, green apple aromas, well-balanced. Chardonnay Reserve 2014: pear and peach notes, lemon crème finish. Custom Label Red 2013: medium-bodied aged in French oak, black cherry notes. Heritage 2010: Governor Cup winner, floral and earthy notes, well-balanced. Vino Camino 2013: fusion wine, herbal and spicy notes. Moscato Dolce 2014: very floral, sweet, bright. Vin de Paille 2010: dry, rich. Rabelos Port NV: toasty notes, full-bodied, nicely paired with chocolate. I liked the Viognier 2014, Chardonnay 2014, Heritage 2010, Moscato Dolce 2014, and the Rabelos Port NV. Overall, the wines are alright but I prefer the ones at Paradise Springs more. Additionally, I wasnt too pleased with our tasting experience. Our first server was friendly and diligent, handing us our wine glasses, telling us that at the end we get to keep them and she would wrap it up for us, showing us a pour bucket and the pitcher of water, and handing us some crackers to start. However, as the place got busier, we were switched to another server. He took awhile to get to us, and when he did, he would just look at our sheet, pour the wine, and left to attend to other customers. No explanations of the process, the aromas, the notes, nothing. And it was like that for the remainder of our tasting. The only time he spoke more than the name of the wine was at the end when he decided to switch up the order of the Rabelos Port NV. He was more focused on the other small group of four than us, engaging in conversation with them and spending more time with them. I also felt that we got smaller pours and it was a very rushed, lackluster experience. Theres also a bistro that serves tapas, salads, cheese, and soups. They hold some events here like Wine Wednesdays ($5/glass), Friday Night Music, and Sunday brunches.
From the moment I drove through the gates of Potomac Point Winery, my breath was taken away and I just knew this is where I wanted to get married. Throughout the entire process there were no bumps, just wedding planning bliss! I always enjoyed meeting with Chelsea to crunch numbers and Brianna to plan each and every intricate detail for the big day. The entire staff was always available when needed to answer questions and make the process as stress free as possible for a bride. All of the aspects of a wedding are perfectly pieced together in their vines to vows package, and I wouldn’t recommend doing it any other way. The rehearsal dinner in the barrel room was the perfect romantic atmosphere to set off the wedding weekend! The day of, Brianna was wonderful in making sure every detail was how I imagined, even keeping all outside vendors organized and the day flowing smoothly. The bridesmaid and I were able to enjoy mimosas and lunch catered by the winery in the bridal sweet all morning and afternoon, while the men were able to enjoy wine and cheese platters in the barrel room in preparation for the ceremony. Jonathan, the banquet captain, was one of our favorite parts of the evening, always available with a fresh glass of wine, appetizers and making sure our plates and stomachs were always full. Time was managed perfectly, and our guests are still raving about the winery! The catering and food was amazing, definitely one of the best parts for our guests to enjoy! I loved the special touch of being able to add signature cocktails to the winery wines and beers offered, making the bar unique and different from a typical wedding! Grape stomping, photographs in the vines, enjoying the cigar bar on the veranda, and the views are just a few of the amazing touches that made our wedding one of a kind! Overall, the wedding a bride pictures in her mind was perfectly brought to light in the beautiful vineyards of our outdoor ceremony and inside the elegant ballroom! If seeking a winery wedding, Potomac Point Winery has the charm and beauty as a vendor and the personality and assistance of staff made the event truly enjoyable from beginning to end.
I cant say enough bad things about this place. I dont even know where to begin. They werent even using there own grapes because they werent mature a couple of years ago. Not sure if they are now. I have gone several times in the past few years and Im sad to have given this place that many chances. Dont waste your time on the Bistro. Cutting the stories short...they are so unorganized every time Ive gone for lunch and the food is so not worth the price. I had two co-workers get food poisoning after ordering the same meal here. Even with the limited menu, they are always out of listed items, or they havent prepped in time for lunch. If you know your dessert takes 5 hours to make, have a separate lunch menu that doesnt list that dessert! OR have the server tell guests as they are seated which appetizers, entrees, and desserts arent available/ready yet! Ive only had one one decent waiter the several times Ive been. He probably quit because the place is a mess. Ive had two rude waitresses. I dont think kitchen staff, servers, owners/managers communicate. Today was the last straw for me. There were two menu items that were not available and then server had to come back 5 min later each time we ordered to tell us something wasnt available. Come on people! Not rocket science. If you arent going to have food ready or available for lunch, maybe open later so you have enough time to prep for dinner...or as I said above, offer a different lunch menu. Today was the first time Ive voiced my frustration because of numerous annoyances besides the items not being available (rude server, cushions being handed to us to put on the chairs ourselves bc they forgot to put them on, etc.). I guess I shouldnt be surprised at how the owner responded based on the way Ive seen the place run over the past 3 years. She pretty much said I dont understand what was wrong with your experience today. Learn how to manage, communicate with your staff and guests, and learn some professionalism/customer service.
My wife and I started visiting wineries when we moved to the area in 2011; we found Potomac Point and stopped looking. Weve been wine club members of Potomac Point for about 5 years now and love to get out to the winery as often as possible. This year for my wifes birthday I decided to take her Potomac Point Winery experience to the next level with a surprise dinner party at the winery. I worked with the staff to arrange a private tasting and private winery tour followed by a dinner reservation on the veranda overlooking the courtyard. We held our event on a Friday night to enjoy the winerys Friday Night Music event. My hats off to the staff at the winery. Chelsea and Michele helped me with all my pre-planning arrangements to make our dinner at the winery a grand success and the winery staff that was on duty that night from the manager on duty down to the waiter put their best foot forward and made it a night to remember. This was the kick off event for a weekend long birthday celebration to bring friends and family together for my wifes birthday and the winery hit a home run getting the weekend started in grand fashion! At the winery Friday night we had a number of people who were regulars at the winery and some who were there for the first time but all raved about the atmosphere, service and excellent food and wine. 2 local couples visiting the winery for the first time with us that night had begun planning their returns trips before we left. It was every bodys first time out for Friday Night Music but all agreed that well be back again on a Friday night again real soon. We always enjoy the atmosphere and the people at the winery. They extra attention to detail and the extra efforts they made to make our dinner party extra special proved to us once again that we need not go further than Stafford to find a world class winery staffed with outstanding professionals!