The 31st annual “Virginia Wine Month” to toast the commonwealth’s winemaking launches Oct. 1. With 40 wineries and tasting rooms in Loudoun County, you may not know where to begin a visit. To make it easier, Visit Loudoun has grouped Loudoun’s wineries into six wine clusters, each uniquely its own.

In honor of the harvest season currently underway and to give you time to research your October visits, we decided to showcase the Mosby Cluster this issue. The cover, an original commissioned piece by Debbie Cadenas, features the Mosby Wine Cluster located in the Middleburg American Viticulture Area. This is where wine country meets horse country.

“I was invited to create a cover incorporating a wine map of the AVA with an image of Hunt Country. My inspiration for this cover came from the concept of red wine swirling in a glass resembling the tail of a fox.  It makes the perfect mascot for the Mosby Cluster wine map,” said Cadenas.

The wineries in this cluster sit primarily along Route 50 (John Mosby Highway), as it travels through the village of Aldie and Town of Middleburg. Take a drive from one winery to the next and enjoy the stacked stone fences, scenic horse farms, and manicured estates. The Mosby Cluster includes 50 West Vineyards, Boxwood Estate Winery Cana Vineyards and Winery of Middleburg, Chrysalis Vineyards, Greenhill Winery & Vineyards, Quattro Goomba’s Winery and Fleetwood Farm Winery. To learn more about DC’s Wine County, go to ML

Artist Biography Debbie Cadenas, a proud mom of three grown children, lives in Middleburg with her husband. Although she studied art in college, it was the scenic Virginia countryside and the sheep and horses in her pasture that provided inspiration for her to earnestly pursue her passion upon moving to Middleburg in 2004. She can be reached at

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This article first appeared in the Septemeber issue of Middleburg Life.