Considering more than 22,000 casualties occurred on the Manassas Battlefield during the American Civil War, it should come as no surprise that tales of shadowy apparitions, orbs, and unexplained cannon fire abound. Join us for a lantern-led walking tour and full wine tasting through the historic and hallowed grounds of The Winery at Bull Run. We're excited to offer tours on Thursday and Friday nights in September, October, and November starting at 7 PM. Our tour guides will share true Civil War ghost stories with you... and perhaps you'll have a haunted encounter yourself!
Ticket Sale Schedule
August 14: Full Tour Buyout Tickets Go on Sale! Full tour buyout tickets are $850 for the General Public and Wine Club Members and include Haunted Wine Tour access for 16 guests. Your group will enjoy an hour-long walking tour and full wine tasting. Full buyout tickets will go on sale Wednesday, August 14 at 7 PM ET. Ticket sales will close Wednesday, August 21 at 5 PM ET, if not sold out before then. Any full buyout tours not sold after August 21 will be converted into individual tickets.
August 19: Wine Club Member Only Tickets Go on Sale! 25% of all individual tickets, each tour, each night, are reserved for our wine club members. Reserved wine club member tickets are $40.50 each (includes club member 10% discount). Wine club members may purchase up to 2 tickets and the member must be one of the attendees.
August 21: General Public Individual Tickets Go on Sale! Individual tickets are $45 per guest and will go on sale to the public on Wednesday, August 21 at 7 PM ET. A maximum of four tickets may be purchased per individual. Ticket includes an hour-long tour and full wine tasting.
The Haunted Wine Tours will begin promptly at the scheduled time of your tour at the Civil War Tent located next to the Hillwood Ruins. We recommend taking rush hour traffic into account and arriving earlier than the start time.
Guests must be 21 years of age or older.
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While we're happy to answer any questions you may have, before reaching out, please first take a moment to read the FAQs below. After reading the FAQs, if you still have a question, instead of calling the Tasting Room, get a faster response by emailing email@example.com.
Q: How much do tickets costs and what do they include? A: Full tour buyout tickets are $850 for the General Public and Wine Club Members, and include Haunted Wine Tour access for 16 guests. Individual tickets are $45 per guest and include an hour-long walking tour and full wine tasting. We recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes as you'll be outside, walking at night on uneven ground.
Q: How long is the tour? A: The experience is one hour long, including check-in, wine tasting, and tour.
Q: Is there an age requirement? A: Yes, guests must be 21 years of age or older to participate.
Q: My friend doesn’t drink alcohol, but still wants to attend. Is there a different rate for them? A: There is only one ticket price available whether or not guests choose to participate in the wine tasting.
Q: How many tickets may I purchase? A: Wine club members may purchase a maximum of two individual tickets at the club member rate and the general public may purchase a maximum of four individual tickets. If you are interested in purchasing more than allowed, we recommend the full tour buyout option. Wine club members may purchase full buyout tickets, club member only tickets, and individual tickets.
Q: Is this a "jump out and grab you" kind of tour? A: No, the Haunted Wine Tour is lantern-led walk throughout the historical grounds of The Winery at Bull Run. The tour will be interspersed with wine tastings and supernatural stories related to the property and Civil War that will surely give you chills.
Q: I attended a Haunted Wine Tour last year, will this year's be the same? A: While we've kept some elements the same from past years, we'll have new stories, wines, characters, and spookier special effects.
Q: How many wines will I be tasting throughout the tour? A: You will taste 7 Bull Run wines in total, one ounce each per Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control law.
Q: What happens if it rains on my tour date? A: Unless otherwise noted, there is an adapted rain plan version of the tour in our Production Barn. On those nights when the Production Barn is not available (indicated with "no rain plan" above) and there is inclement weather, we will make a game day decision as to whether the tour will take place or be canceled. If it is canceled, we will refund your tickets.
Q: I'm running a few minutes late for my tour. Is that okay? A: The Haunted Wine Tours will start promptly at their scheduled time. Due to logistics and concern for our guests’ safety, we cannot accommodate anyone arriving more than 10 minutes after the designated start time. No refunds will be issued if you are late or miss your tour.
Q: I have professional acting experience and would like to be considered as a cast member. How do I audition? A: We are holding virtual auditions through Sunday, August 4. Audition Here
Q: I am planning a visit to the winery from out of town. Do you have any hotels you recommend? A: Yes, we have relationships with three hotels nearby: Embassy Suites Dulles Airport, Courtyard Dulles Town Center, and Westfields Marriott. We strongly recommend that you wait until you have secured tickets before making hotel reservations.
Q: Someone on Facebook/Craiglist/Instagram/etc. is offering to sell me a ticket, is it okay to buy it? A: Only if you're okay with giving your money away to spammers. The Haunted Wine Tours were specifically targeted by spammers last year and several patrons fell prey to the scams and lost money. Additionally, the non-transferable policy we have for Haunted Wine Tour tickets means you would not be able to redeem the ticket at the door if the name on the tickets does not match the ID of one of the guests in your party.
Q: Can I get a refund or resell my ticket? A: Tickets are nonrefundable. In the event that you are unable to attend the event, event tickets may not be resold or be offered for resale at a premium (including via online auction sites), either by the original purchaser or any subsequent bearer without the written consent of the winery. If a ticket is sold or used in breach of this condition, the ticket may be cancelled without a refund and the bearer of the ticket may be refused admission.
Q: Can I buy tickets for someone else? A: The name on the ticket must match the ID of at least one of the guests checking in. If you are purchasing tickets for someone else and you will not be attending as well, you must enter their name and email address at checkout. Tickets are non-transferable once you have completed the check out process.
From last year's Haunted Wine Tours which sold out in one hour....
9 out of 10 people would recommend to a friend! ★★★★★★★★★☆
"Loved the incorporation of wine throughout the tour. The tour also was a great blend of ghosts and history!"
"The stories and interaction of the storytellers were my favorite parts!"
"The performers were fantastic and brought the stories to life. Will recommend and would love to come again next year!"
"My favorite part was hearing about all the paranormal stories that have happened on the property!"
My husband and I had a wonderful time. I have told my friends how enjoyable it was and I look forward to coming back next Halloween!
"Our tour guide was fantastic! We loved hearing the ghost stories and the history of the battlefield."
"I LOVED the costumes, the lantern, and the wine tasting, of course!"
"I would literally tell everyone I know to attend this annual event. The event was overwhelmingly 5 stars. One of the best VA wine country events I've ever attended."
"Loved everything - the ambience with the lanterns, costumes, fog, lighting, and the reenactors and, of course, the wine!"
"It's a fun way to spend a Friday night during October!"
"The historic stories were addicting. I also LOVED the costumes and atmosphere that was built. The wine tasting as you go was great!"
The East Coast Hauntings Organization (ECHO) is a volunteer, non-profit research group that specializes in scientific research of unknown spiritual activity or dangerous nonhuman entity infestations. They visited The Winery at Bull Run in August 2015. Above are two video highlights from their investigation. We also received the following report: "There was a lot of activity there—in the winery, the barn, and one spot on the lawn...The Tasting Room and the offices were quite active in the winery as well as the stairwells."
In the first clip, the light anomaly flies directly over the center of the bar rather low. It flies in from the right side and makes a reverse figure four with three hovering stops and exits off the right side of the bar. This is not a bug or floating debris as it makes three perfect angle change turns. Bugs and dust do not change course at precise angles or stop for a few seconds in midair. In the second clip, as the investigator is coming up from the basement into the Tasting Room, a light anomaly appears in front of him and makes a looping turn to leave on the right side again. It simply disappears in midair.
One night our owner couldn't sleep and around 3 AM logged into the surveillance cameras at the winery. He scanned the property and was startled to see this ghostly apparition to the left of the old elm tree shown above. A few months later, he received a visit from Mr. Entwisle, whose family had owned the property when he was a young boy, and showed him the photo. Mr. Entwisle shrieked in seeing “The Gathering” photo and revealed that the scene of the footage was the exact location of the old pump-house or roofed well. Because of its close proximity to the battlefield, Union and Confederate soldiers would often come to Hillwood for a drink of water from the old well.
Check out the other sources we used for our Haunted Wine Tour stories here.
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