- - Thursday, September 15, 2011

Northern Virginia’s wineries offer a world of peace far from the madding crowd of downtown Washington. Hundreds of Washington-area residents spend their weekends sipping chardonnay or merlot, basking in the quiet and the often spectacular views of thriving grapevines and distant mountains, picnicking on bread and cheese, and exploring country lanes.

Although not everyone who enjoys the fruits of a winemaker’s labors desires to live at a vineyard, those who do have the opportunity of a lifetime: Lost Creek Winery is on the market. This 50-acre property at 43277 Spinks Ferry Road in Leesburg is listed for $2,999,900.

This Tuscan-style winery, started by Bob and Carol Hauck in 1995, includes a 21-acre vineyard with tasting rooms, a banquet room and two outdoor pavilions as well as a Colonial-style home with more than 5,000 finished square feet. The property frequently is used for weddings and elegant private parties. The sale includes all of the equipment for the winery, stock and inventory, and the Haucks — who have received multiple awards for their wines - also are offering transition assistance for new winemakers.

In addition to the public spaces for vineyard guests, the grounds of the Lost Creek Winery include a hot tub, a patio and a gazebo. The garage can hold six cars, and additional space is available along the gravel driveway.

The home, built in 1997, has a dramatic front porch with two-story columns. Inside, guests can be welcomed in an elegant reception area with hardwood flooring that includes inlaid wood. The reception area has a chandelier and an opening to the formal living room.

The living room includes windows on two sides and crown and chair-rail molding. The formal dining room has a chandelier, a floor-to-ceiling window, and crown and chair-rail molding.

The main level also includes a family room with hardwood flooring, a wall of windows and a dramatic floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace.

Nearby, the center-island kitchen features ceramic tile flooring, granite counters, pendant lighting, recessed lighting and a triple window with an arch above the kitchen sink. Adjacent to the kitchen is a charming breakfast room wrapped in floor-to-ceiling Palladian windows. The main level also has a full bath.

Outside the main level is an outdoor kitchen designed for entertaining a crowd, with several seating areas and stone walls enclosing a grill.

Upstairs, the master-bedroom suite includes a sitting area, a bedroom with a ceiling fan, and a luxurious bath with a soaking tub set adjacent to a wall of floor-to-ceiling windows. The bathroom also has a separate marble shower and ceramic tile flooring.

The upper level includes three more bedrooms, including one bedroom with a private full bath. The other bedrooms share a full bath. Each bedroom has a ceiling fan.

The finished lower level includes a dazzling game room with red walls and a deep bay window, and a full kitchen with a wine cooler and a full bar with seating for several guests. The lower level also has a powder room, a recreation room and an exercise room, plus access to a covered patio and the outdoor kitchen and dining area.

For more information or directions to the Lost Creek Winery, contact Realtor Roy Melloni with TTR Sotheby’s International Realty at 703/863-0077 or visit www.roymelloni.com.

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