|Address:||10075 Lees Mill Rd, Warrenton, VA 20186, USA|
|Working:||11AM–6PM 11AM–6PM 11AM–6PM 11AM–6PM 11AM–6PM 11AM–6PM 11AM–6PM|
Pros: Family owned and operated, beautiful area, unique wines and offers kosher wines, cheap tasting, fair pours Cons: Average atmosphere in tasting room Ive been to this winery twice and Im sure its not going to be the last time. Ive enjoyed the tastings and the service provided by the family who owns the winery. Overview: Molon Lave Vineyards is a family owned near Warrenton, Virginia. The vines were established in 2003, the winery opened its doors in November of 2009. The family, originally from Greece, has done an excellent job establishing the property and wines. Set on a beautiful property with many acres of grapes, and a nice pond next to the winery provides a pretty setting for this winery. The wines also reflect the families work and passion for their wines, and they bring a different style with their European wine making traditions and use of Virginia grown grapes. My experience: The area surrounding the winery provides the setting for a beautiful and relaxing experience. As you turn off into the area, you drive past part of the vineyard and see the pond in the distance. As you walk to the entrance of the winery, you look around the corner to the pond and its picturesque landscape. The winery atmosphere inside is open, with plenty of seating throughout, and a fire place in the center. The first time I went, there were many larger groups of 20+, and it was very crowded but still left plenty of seating and areas to enjoy a glass. I was greeted by Katherine Papadopoulos, who also provided part of my last wine tasting. Although I didnt realize the first time that she was part of the family who owned and operates the winery, she was still happy to help and provide a tasting. I was happy to have been served by her, she provided friendly and knowledgeable experience about the history and wines that I dont think anyone else could have provided it better. The tasting was good priced at $5.00 and the pours were fair as well. The wines consist of ten different varietals of grapes. The estate grown grapes include Chardonnay, Riesling, Vidal, Chambourcin, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and more. I personally favored the Chambourcin, Merlot, and Kokineli. They also provided a taste of their Sangria which they made and was delicious. Overall: I would recommend this winery. The location and atmosphere provides a nice setting to try a wide range of their varietals. The staff, especially Katherine, made the experience exceptional.Its great to have a family run winery, and those who also pour, giving the best information about the history and an appreciation for the winery.The wines were fairly good, and I highly recommend the Kokineli, a traditional Greek style rose. If you like this winery, you may also like Mediterranean Cellars (approx. 20 minutes away) which is owned by the same family.
We used an Amazon Local deal to try out the winery, as weve done with several local vineyards while looking for a quality local place to get a membership. Two positives about our experience were that (1) the property--while farther from DC than many vineyards--was quite pretty, and (2) both the staff and the owners daughter were incredibly friendly. However, we will never be coming back. The "deal" we got was ad that, truth be told, I misread. It included a wine tour and OLIVE OIL TASTING, which I skipped over because I assumed--like most wineries--this would include the chance to taste their wine. But, no, that was $5 extra per person. Not a big deal. We were taking friends with us, and $5 is really not that much for a wine tasting. Sure, we didnt find out that they were out of the Cab Franc until 3 sips into the tasting--so it was 8 wines instead of 9--but there wines were overall decent. Not fantastic, but the Rosé was unique and the Cab Sav was worth buying a bottle to go with the deals included meat and cheese basket. Which is what turned us off. Again, weve done several of these wine--er, olive oil--tastings at several vineyards, and you generally get a hunk of salami and perhaps a choice between a couple decent chunks of cheese. Unfortunately, in our basket, we received a package of Hormel deli meat and a package of what, to the best of our inspection, appeared to be cheese whiz that had been allowed to set-up in a cheese-like form. We had to ask for a knife to cut the block, only instead of cutting the cheese, the knife smushed it. Both my wife and I tried a small chunk before discarding the whole thing. It was a combination of cheeze whiz flavor and velvetta texture. Fortunately, and as always, we also brought some snacks with us, including legitimate salami and some homemade crackers. We had a great conversation with our friends and, again, the grounds were lovely. As such, its worth going if youre in the mood for a nice picnic on the grounds, and you will likely find a nice table wine to enjoy (and they do offer a handful of Kosher wines). However, avoid any introductory deals--just buy the tasting for $5 a head--and make sure to pack your own snacks.
My husband and I got married at Molon Lave Vineyards on August 2nd. The ceremony site overlooks a beautiful pond with a picturesque dock. As for the vineyard itself, absolutely beautiful! The owner clearly takes pride in landscaping. The barrel room/reception hall inside the tasting building was recently updated with woodwork on the back wall. There is a stunning Greek mosaic tile on the floor inside the barrel room, so be sure not to cover it up with a table! It is just a beautiful room to drink and dance in! Your guests will surely be impressed! The staff of Molon Lave Vineyards was just amazing to us! The day of the wedding my family and I were running around setting up and Katherine stepped in and just started helping! She made sure our day was special. Katherine and Evy treated me like family through the whole process! It was definitely the best wedding experience I could have hoped for! The stories of how wonderful Katherine and her family were during the whole wedding planning process can go on for days! Trust me when I say they should be rated the top vineyard in Virginia! Not only are they affordable, but they give you a case of wine for your special day and the staff will help you out every step of the way! Simply the best vineyard for a wedding in Northern Virginia! Thank you so much Molon Lave Vineyards! We will be back soon for a glass of wine!
The wines were good, but nothing particuarly memorable. They didnt have a lot of personality. The chambourcin was my favorite. I was most disappointed with my hostess, who was unable to provide information about the wines past what was on the menu. I asked her the history and meaning behind the name of the winery and she was unable to give me a coherent answer. I also tasted a traditonal Greek wine and when I asked what the difference between Greek and Virginia wine-making was, she said she didnt know. Beautiful setting!
I went with my fiance as we are thinking about having our wedding here and had an amazing experience. Our tour guide Ray was really wonderful. He took the time to explain the intricacies of wine making and showed us more than we expected. He made the wine tasting and olive oil tastings an adventure. On our way out he recommended a restaurant for dinner that had the most delicious fare we have had in some time. Thanks Ray and Molon Lave for an amazing day.