The wine tour heads to the most northern winery in Virginia, Hiddencroft Vineyards, just three miles west of Lovettsville and six miles south of the Potomac River. Owners Clyde and Terry Housel have a decade of experience growing grapes on six acres of land, and the entire farm is on 26 secluded acres. Their results are no longer hidden from anyone: their 2008 Cabernet Franc won the Gold Medal at the 2011 Virginia Governor's Cup competition. Seven other wines also have won significant awards.
Clyde Housel first started making wine in 1993, experimenting with some Concord grapes. He planted his first commercial vineyard in 2001, and the Housels started their winery in 2007.
The wine tasting room offers four reds: a 2008 Cabernet Franc, Vintage Blend Cabernet Franc, 2007 Chambourcin (Vintner's Reserve), and a Dutchman’s Creek Blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, and Tannat. The three whites produced are a 2009 Vidal Blanc, 2009 Traminette, and a 2009 Chardonnay. And the three fruit wines offered are a Vitis Rubus (Raspberry Chambourcin), Grandma’s Love Potion (Blueberry Wine), and a 2010 Sweet Cherry. Hiddencroft Vineyards grows the fruit on its property.
Hiddencroft takes its name from its reclusive location and from the Scottish use of the word "croft" as a small, enclosed field. But the Housels' award-winning wines are no secret. Hiddencroft is openly displayed on Facebook and Twitter, with links to recent blog posts from satisfied visitors.