Owner(s): Eric and Deborah Hauck
Winemaker: Eric and Deborah Hauck
Open to Public
Sat-Sun 11 to 5; Mon, Thur, Fri Noon to 5
43301 Spinks Ferry Road; Leesburg, Virginia 20176
Hidden Brook Winery Profile
Written by Brian—Mar 2, 2014
Up in Northeastern Loudoun County, not far from Leesburg, Virginia, there is a group of wineries situated on the Maryland border along the banks of the Potomac River. Hidden Brook Winery is one of those that make up what is known as the “Potomac Cluster.”
The road to Hidden Brook winds through a distinctly rural landscape and gives no clue that Leesburg is only twenty minutes away. Driving the narrow roads through the heavily forested countryside, it almost seemed an unlikely location for a winery, but I plunged suddenly out of the trees and the landscape changed to rolling hills and vineyards.
The winery and tasting room sit back inside the treeline. They are housed in a log cabin that the owners, Eric and Deborah Hauck built with the help of family and friends. It’s a rustic, but relaxing setting with a covered porch and tables distributed throughout the wooded property.
Inside the tasting room, there was a pretty healthy crowd. Most weekends there is live music and Adam Bruno, a local performer, was in the corner near the fireplace. It was unseasonably warm, so there was no fire lit, but I got a sense that this might be a great retreat on a winter weekend to relax with a glass of wine and listen to good local music.
The tasting room opened in 2002 and the first Hidden Brook grapes were planted in 1998, so the winery has been on the scene a few years. Today the winery is producing between 2500 and 3000 cases each year from the seven acres that are under vine.
At the tasting bar, Ashleigh was my wine steward. She is a Northern Virginia transplant from Orange, in Central Virginia and had only been with Hidden Brook for about seven months. She displayed knowledge of the wine industry outside her current position as she deftly guided me through each of the selections. We had a great conversation about the wines and she was able to fill in additional background about the winery. I thought she did a fabulous job.
There were a number of 2010’s on the tasting menu, which was exciting. It’s such a good year and many wineries are pouring more recent vintages. I particularly enjoyed the 2010 Vidal Blanc, which was done in an off-dry style. It was a crisp balanced wine, with green apple notes. It was a well crafted and refreshing. In an effort to highlight the fruit, the red wines are produced with limited time in oak. Toward this end, the 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon was done in neutral oak and showed lots of fruit on the nose and palate. Then Ashleigh poured me some of the 2011 Cab Sauv, which is a club wine. Because 2011 was such an awful year, you’d think the 2010 would be reserved for club members, but this fruit was harvested between the hurricanes, so the crop was salvaged. It demonstrated what 2011 could have been, It was the best 2011 Cab Sauv I’ve tasted and very possibly the best 2011 altogether. It was an amazing wine.
So it was another successful winery visit. I discovered a great location, tasted a flight of excellent wines and learned a great deal about Hidden Brook Winery. I strongly recommend a visit to the Potomac cluster and while you’re there, be sure to stop by Hidden Brook.