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New farm winery in the works for Aldie area near Ashburn

The Old Farm Winery is under construction on the site of a historic farm in Loudoun County.

A new farm winery is in the works for the Aldie area and it will be just a short drive away for wine lovers in the Ashburn, Leesburg and South Riding/Stone Ridge communities. It will be called Old Farm Winery at Hartland and will be located on Fleetwood Road, southwest of Brambleton.

The red pin reflects the future location of the Old Farm Winery at Hartland, southwest of Brambleton. (Image: Google Maps)

“The winery sits on one of the oldest farms in the Loudoun county, dating back to the 1700s and will feature a charming restored farmhouse and other historic buildings,” reads the nascent Old Farm Winery website. “We’re hard at work planting vineyards, building and renovating the structures new and old, and preparing our Virginia wines to bring you an authentic farm winery experience, right here in Loudoun County.”

The Burn spoke with Carrie Smith Abell, who was the last resident to live in the farm house on the property. She has spoken to the developers of the Old Farm Winery and says not only is the house being saved but also an old timber and peg barn that she believes dates back to at least the early 1800s. She shared a couple of photos of the farm house, taken on the last day she lived there two years ago.

Image: Carrie Smith Abell
Image: Carrie Smith Abell

According to several sources including publicly available documents, the new operation is coming from the same folks who operate the Winery at Bull Run in Centreville. That winery is a popular destination for socializing as well as special events, including parties and weddings.

Image: The Winery at Bull Run

There’s no official opening date yet for the Old Farm Winery at Hartland, but we understand construction has been underway for several months now. It will be nestled up against the new Hartland residential neighborhood being built in the area by Van Metre. The website says they are looking to open the winery sometime this summer.

18 Comments
  1. Bill 7 months ago
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    Trash how do we stop these things from popping up

    • Joe 7 months ago
      Reply

      I agree. They are essentially wine bars who can get around the food requirements. Not fair for a bar to have to serve food but these places can get away with just serving alcohol, goes for the local breweries as well.

      • James 7 months ago
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        I agree that some Winery and Brewery operations lack the proper infrastructure to support the necessity of food like a restaurant does but they are not the same thing. They are not a business designed to provide meals and as such legally they are not allowed to be a restaurant as mandated by the Lo Co Heath Department. That is why they allow for food trucks and many of them allow picnic food brought in. Maintaining a responsible Farm Winery or Farm Brewery means striking the balance of food and alcohol. However with much more limited hours then bars, making sure food is available, and serving alcohol with much lower alcohol % they are certainly no more unsafe then a bar or restaurant.

  2. Bill 7 months ago
    Reply

    Trash how do we stop these things from popping up

    • Joe 7 months ago
      Reply

      I agree. They are essentially wine bars who can get around the food requirements. Not fair for a bar to have to serve food but these places can get away with just serving alcohol, goes for the local breweries as well.

      • James 7 months ago
        Reply

        I agree that some Winery and Brewery operations lack the proper infrastructure to support the necessity of food like a restaurant does but they are not the same thing. They are not a business designed to provide meals and as such legally they are not allowed to be a restaurant as mandated by the Lo Co Heath Department. That is why they allow for food trucks and many of them allow picnic food brought in. Maintaining a responsible Farm Winery or Farm Brewery means striking the balance of food and alcohol. However with much more limited hours then bars, making sure food is available, and serving alcohol with much lower alcohol % they are certainly no more unsafe then a bar or restaurant.

  3. Bill 7 months ago
    Reply

    Trash how do we stop these things from popping up

    • Joe 7 months ago
      Reply

      I agree. They are essentially wine bars who can get around the food requirements. Not fair for a bar to have to serve food but these places can get away with just serving alcohol, goes for the local breweries as well.

      • James 7 months ago
        Reply

        I agree that some Winery and Brewery operations lack the proper infrastructure to support the necessity of food like a restaurant does but they are not the same thing. They are not a business designed to provide meals and as such legally they are not allowed to be a restaurant as mandated by the Lo Co Heath Department. That is why they allow for food trucks and many of them allow picnic food brought in. Maintaining a responsible Farm Winery or Farm Brewery means striking the balance of food and alcohol. However with much more limited hours then bars, making sure food is available, and serving alcohol with much lower alcohol % they are certainly no more unsafe then a bar or restaurant.

  4. VA in VA 7 months ago
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    Bill: Are you and arbiter of what is viable and what is trash? Who gave you that title?

    Let the marketplace make that call.

  5. VA in VA 7 months ago
    Reply

    Bill: Are you and arbiter of what is viable and what is trash? Who gave you that title?

    Let the marketplace make that call.

  6. VA in VA 7 months ago
    Reply

    Bill: Are you and arbiter of what is viable and what is trash? Who gave you that title?

    Let the marketplace make that call.

  7. Sheldon Danto 7 months ago
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    While the winery sounds interesting, I have concerns regarding the access off of Fleetwood. Fleetwood is a 2 lane old road with poor visibility. Potential customers accessing or existing could be very dangerous.

  8. Sheldon Danto 7 months ago
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    While the winery sounds interesting, I have concerns regarding the access off of Fleetwood. Fleetwood is a 2 lane old road with poor visibility. Potential customers accessing or existing could be very dangerous.

  9. Sheldon Danto 7 months ago
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    While the winery sounds interesting, I have concerns regarding the access off of Fleetwood. Fleetwood is a 2 lane old road with poor visibility. Potential customers accessing or existing could be very dangerous.

  10. James 7 months ago
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    I think it’s a refreshing alternative to the rapidly disappearing farmland converted to McMansions we’ve all witnessed these past 2 decades across Lo Co. All vacant land in Eastern Loudoun County will become something- houses, strip malls, data centers, or asphalt, it’s sad yes but a reality. Farm Wineries are a creative way to keep sustainable agricultural uses in place and allowing green spaces for local residents to visit and enjoy while preserving rapidly disappearing farmland, and in many cases historical structures. When weighing the pros and cons of alternative uses it’s hard to see how others come to see Agritourism in the form of a Farm Winery as negative alternative to other uses.

  11. James 7 months ago
    Reply

    I think it’s a refreshing alternative to the rapidly disappearing farmland converted to McMansions we’ve all witnessed these past 2 decades across Lo Co. All vacant land in Eastern Loudoun County will become something- houses, strip malls, data centers, or asphalt, it’s sad yes but a reality. Farm Wineries are a creative way to keep sustainable agricultural uses in place and allowing green spaces for local residents to visit and enjoy while preserving rapidly disappearing farmland, and in many cases historical structures. When weighing the pros and cons of alternative uses it’s hard to see how others come to see Agritourism in the form of a Farm Winery as negative alternative to other uses.

  12. James 7 months ago
    Reply

    I think it’s a refreshing alternative to the rapidly disappearing farmland converted to McMansions we’ve all witnessed these past 2 decades across Lo Co. All vacant land in Eastern Loudoun County will become something- houses, strip malls, data centers, or asphalt, it’s sad yes but a reality. Farm Wineries are a creative way to keep sustainable agricultural uses in place and allowing green spaces for local residents to visit and enjoy while preserving rapidly disappearing farmland, and in many cases historical structures. When weighing the pros and cons of alternative uses it’s hard to see how others come to see Agritourism in the form of a Farm Winery as negative alternative to other uses.

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