I used Google maps to see the the time and distance for a trip from the Kennedy Center to each winery. The results, Paradise Springs Winery is indeed closer by a mile, but takes about 10 minutes later to arrive there from the Kennedy Center. Those gentle, hilly roads around Clifton take a little more time, but have a nicer view. The Winery at Bull Run is a bit farther out, but a traveler from DC would arrive earlier because more of route is on I-66 and RT 29.
Paradise Springs Winery in Clifton, Va is open daily from 11:00 am-7:00 pm (until 9:00 pm on Friday). Their tasting fee is $10.00 per person. The tasting room is new, large, and has a nice outdoor seating area along with nice grounds, and is located on a historic venue. A vineyard planted to Cabernet Franc is on the property.
Paradise Springs Winery
13219 Yates Ford Road
Clifton, Virginia 20124
The Winery at Bull Run is open 11:00 am-7:00 pm daily with extended hours on Thursday until 8:00 pm and Friday until 9:00 pm Closed Holidays. Tasting fee is $12.00 and includes a souvenir glass. Their tasting room is new, large, and has a nice outdoor seating area along with nice grounds, and is located on a historic venue too. A vineyard planted to Norton is on the property.
The Winery at Bull Run
15950 Lee Highway
Phone: (703) 815-2233
The similarities between these two Fairfax County wineries go beyond their physical locations, properties, and facilities. These wineries share some common origins as well.
When Paradise Springs was starting up, Chris Pearmund of Pearmund Cellars assisted Paradise Springs Winery as both a consultant and as executive winemaker. Paradise Springs' first vintage was actually made at what was the then Chris Pearmund-owned Winery at La Grange. Today's winemaker is Ron Cox, formerly at Phillip Carter Winery. Paradise Springs sources most grapes from other Virginia vineyards.
Chris Pearmund is the executive winemaker at the The Winery at Bull Run. Grapes are sourced from other Virginia vineyards and the winery recently established a vineyard out by Little Washington, Va for additional plantings of grapes.
So, which one should you visit and which is the "better" Fairfax County winery? Both wineries are seeking to capture a growing market of younger wine drinkers from around Washington DC and the nearby suburbs. Both are open daily and late on Friday. Both are a bit more expensive than their fellow Virginia wineries further out in Fauquier and Loudoun counties. Both offer entertainment.
Personally, between the two, I think Paradise Springs has a slight edge; but both offer much to new wine drinking customers and neither is all that far from the other. Visit both and let me know what you think. When you visit, tell them you read about their wineries at Wine About Virginia.