The Winery at Bull Run

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The Hillwood Ruins are in the foreground with the winery and picnic area behind it.

We are so excited to share our gorgeous wedding venue with everyone!  The Winery at Bull Run is located right next to Manassas National Battlefield Park and has a rich history.  The Hillwood Ruins are remnants of a 19th century house that stood during the Battles of Bull Run.  During the first battle, locals would apparently gather on the property near the house to watch the clashes between the North and the South.

The winery sits on 225 acres, the largest working farm in Fairfax County, and it produces a variety of wines from Virginia grapes.  Its selection includes 7 red wines, 8 white wines, and seasonal fruit wines.  Tastings are offered every day of the week for $14, and 8 wines and a souvenir wine glass are included!  Amanda will be our event coordinator with the winery the day of the wedding, so she’ll be able to help everyone out with any questions you have about the venue.

How did we decide on The Winery at Bull Run?

After we checked out a farm venue and were disappointed with the steep costs and inconvenient location, we started looking into different venues.  We had originally considered a winery, but so many of the ones we had researched were out of our price range or didn’t fit the feel of the wedding we wanted to have.  We finally came across TWABR and set up an appointment to tour it and get more information.  As soon as we pulled up, we dug it.  The old Civil War style fences lining the drive give it a historical feel, and we were impressed with the ample parking available.  We walked up and admired the old wagon with wine barrels sitting on the front porch.  It’s a fabulous photo op ready to go!  We waited inside by the fireplace for Paige, one of the winery’s event specialists, and we were instantly delighted by her enthusiasm and charm.  She set just the right tone and made the tour very inviting.

The more we saw of the winery, the more we loved it!  The space, the rustic yet elegant feel, the surrounding land, the location, the price.  Towards the end of the tour, Paige pointed out an area near the fireplace and mentioned that some people use it to place a Memory Table to honor loved ones who have died.  We just looked at each other because being able to honor Carly’s family is important to both of us.  Then, to seal the deal, we were given a complimentary wine tasting. The wine we both ended up liking the best is the Delaney, named after the owner’s daughter, but it happens to be Carly’s brother Ashley’s middle name.  Everything about the venue just clicked perfectly into place.  We knew without a doubt that this was the perfect place for our wedding!

Here are some photos of the winery.  We hope everyone will love it as much as we do!

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This is the outdoor ceremony setup on the Hillwood Ruins.  We’re crossing our fingers and praying the weather will cooperate for an outdoor event!
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Should the ceremony need to take place indoors, it will happen in the Barrel Room. The Barrel Room is also where the cocktail hour following the ceremony will take place.
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A view of the fireplace area in the Main Tasting Room, where the reception will take place.
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Another view of the Main Tasting Room.
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Some of the tasty Virginia wines that will be available!
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A view of the grounds from the upper deck area.
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The front of the winery
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We love the fences!
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Beautiful vineyards 🙂

 

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