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The Winery at Bull Run

Winery Policies & Frequently Asked Questions

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Q: Are you closed because of COVID-19?

A: Effective August 6, 2020: The Winery at Bull Run will be open Saturday–Wednesday 11AM–7PM, Thursday 11AM–8PM, & Friday 11AM–9PM. All indoor areas will remain closed and tables will be available by reservation only. Hillwood Park does not require a reservation. We do ask that our guests wear masks when not at their table for the safety of our staff and guests.

We are also continuing to offer curbside pickup service and shipping so that you can enjoy your favorite Bull Run wines at home! For curbside pickup, please place order online selecting "pickup" at check-out. Wines can be picked up during our hours of operation Sun-Sat, 11AM-7PM. Use code "itswinetime" at checkout to receive FREE SHIPPING on all new online orders of three bottles or more! (This special only applies to new orders and use of promo code)

Q: Do you have food for sale at the winery?

A: Yes, we offer several delicious food options such as fresh baked baguettes, gourmet cheeses and spreads, salami, prosciutto, chocolates, and other refreshments for sale for guests to enjoy with our wines. Water, apple juice, and a variety of sodas are also available for purchase.

Additionally, you may pre-order gourmet picnic boxes and platters from Amphora Catering to pick up at The Winery at Bull Run on the day of your choice.

CLICK HERE to preview the full menu of picnic boxes available and place your order Monday–Friday, 8 am–6 pm by calling 703-938-3800 or emailing catering@amphoragroup.com. Please place your order at least 24 hours in advance.


Q: Can I use The Winery at Bull Run property and facilities as I would a public park?

A: While we like to think our views rival those of any public park, we are a privately-owned farm winery and ask that if you choose to enjoy our property, and the facilities and staff that come along with it, you support us with the purchase of our Virginia grown wine.


Q: Can I bring a picnic or a grill?

A: While we do not allow outside beverages or coolers on site, you may bring your own food to the winery to enjoy on our expansive lawn and outdoor picnic areas where we have over 100 picnic tables. You may transport your food in picnic baskets, lunch boxes, and shoulder bags with ice packs. Any and all food must fit at the table you are sitting at as we do not allow "food only" tables or tables to be used as buffet stations. Unless purchased from the winery, food trucks, or an approved caterer, outside food is not allowed in the Tasting Room, Barrel Room, or on the covered patio.

To maintain our compliance with the laws which govern our ABC farm winery license, we do not allow outside beverages of any kind. You may leave your beverages in your vehicle. All bags brought onto the property are subject to search. Wine, bottled water, apple juice, and a variety of sodas are available for purchase at sales locations.

Grills: Due to the historical, yet highly flammable materials and the local restrictions for food licensing, grills are not permitted at the winery.


Q: How much are wine tastings at The Winery at Bull Run?

A: Update 6/25/20: We are currently offering self-guided wine tastings for $15. Tastings include 6 Bull Run wines and tasting notes. We are not offering group tastings at this time.

Walk-ins are welcome for wine tastings 7 days a week. No reservation is required for singles and groups of up to 7 people. For just $15, you will taste our current flight of Bull Run wines and receive a souvenir wine glass to keep.

Groups: For Group Tastings, a reservation is required. This option is for groups of 8 to 20 people who wish to do a wine tasting together with a dedicated wine steward.  The cost for this option is $20 per person and each guest will taste our current flight of Bull Run wines and receive a souvenir wine glass to take home. Schedule your group tasting by click here. 

*The Winery at Bull Run is open all wee from 11 AM to 7PM! Individual tastings usually last 30 minutes and group tastings around 55 minutes—please plan accordingly, so you have adequate time to enjoy your tasting!

Historical Tour & Tasting: For a more in-depth experience, we offer our Historical Tour & Tasting option. This is a group tasting combined with a guided historical tour of the property for $36.50 per guest. The full tasting and walking tour normally takes about one hour. The souvenir glass and tasting of our current wine flight is included in this pricing. Walk our historic plantation while tasting Virginia wines and learn about the rich Civil War history behind these breathtaking, hallowed grounds. Please note this is an outdoor tour and dress accordingly. You may book your tour by clicking here.


Q: Are children allowed at the winery?

A: Children are welcome, but must be supervised by an adult at all times. The Winery has designated two outside areas for the comfort of all our guests. The front yard (1 acre) and patio are 21 years of age and over only. The back yard (2 acres) and adjacent patio are designated for adults and children. Children are welcome in the Tasting Room and within the winery.


Q: Can I bring my dog to the winery?

A: We love dogs, but they are not allowed at The Winery at Bull Run for the general comfort of everyone (including our neighbor's horses). Service animals are exempt.


Q: Are large groups allowed at the winery?

A: To ensure a pleasant winery experience for all, we ask that groups of 13 or more notify us in advance of your intended visit. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis; however group tastings must be scheduled in advance. 

Groups of up to 12 individuals are welcome to find open seating and purchase bottles or glasses to enjoy. For groups of 13 or more, there is a minimum purchase requirement and upon your group's arrival, a manager will ask for a credit card and a tab will be opened for you.

Groups of 36 individuals or more are required to purchase private event rental space.


Q: When is last call?

A: You may purchase glasses of wine, bottles for on-site consumption, and food up to 30 minutes before closing time (view our hours). Bottles-to-go may be purchased up until closing time.


Q: Can you reserve a table on the lawn or on the patio for me?

A: Yes, you may reserve a picnic table on the lawn here: Picnic Table Reservation. Please note we do not allow "food only" tables or tables to be used as buffet stations on the lawn or patio.


Q: Do you offer any discounts at the winery?

A: Yes, the case discount (12 bottles) is 10%—there are 12 wines in a case and you can mix and match. Police, firefighters, and military personnel with a valid ID receive a 10% discount on glass, bottle, and food purchases. We also offer special discounts for our Wine Club members!


Q: Can I bring a tent?

A: To preserve the historic look of the property (and avoid the tents blowing away and injuring someone when it gets windy), pop-up tents are not allowed.


Q: Can I smoke at the winery?

A: Yes, there is a marked, designated smoking area off of the main building. Cigars are available for purchase at The Main Tasting Bar.


Q: Can I have photos taken at the winery? 

A: Yes, please see our Photography Policy for details.


Q: Is The Winery at Bull Run wheelchair accessible?

A: The Winery at Bull Run has ramps that allow wheelchair access and accessible bathrooms, but as an old historic farm winery building, we are not fully ADA compliant in regards to hand rails or grade of the ramp leading to the winery building.


Q: Can I get a refund on a ticket I purchased to a public event?

A: Public event ticket sales (Sipping and Painting, Friday Night Flights, etc.) are non-refundable. If you would like to give your ticket to a friend, please email us at tasting@wineryatbullrun.com to change the name on the ticket for check-in.


Q: I am planning a visit to the winery from out of town. Do you have any hotels you recommend?

A: Yes, we have relationships with three hotels nearby: Embassy Suites Dulles Airport, Courtyard Dulles Town Center, and Westfields Marriott.


Q: Can I bring a speaker for listening to music?

A: No, any type of amplified music is prohibited.


Q: Can the winery accommodate buses and limos?

A: We can accommodate groups arriving by bus or limo without a reservation prior to 3 PM Friday through Sunday. Please read our policies on large groups above. Buses and limos are required to use the drop off lane in front of the winery and on weekdays should park in the designated bus parking area at the far end of the parking lot. On weekends, a parking attendant or security team member will instruct the bus or limo driver as to where to park.


Q: Where do you get your grapes?

We currently source our grapes from our Estate Vineyard, Rock Mill, located in the foot hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Little Washington, VA at the edge of the Shenandoah National Park. The Site is approximately 700ft above sea level (relative to the Winery which is 300ft above sea level). We have 39,000 vines planted on 34 acres (of 115 acres), with nine different varietals planted. As well as our vineyard in Little Washington, we also source from premium Virginia Vineyards throughout the State.

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