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 through the historic and hallowed grounds of The Winery at Bull Run while enjoying a glass of wine. Our tour guides will share true Civil War ghost stories with you... and perhaps you'll have a haunted encounter yourself!
What to Expect
The Haunted Wine Tour is a lantern-led, outdoor walking tour through the historic and hallowed grounds of The Winery at Bull Run. Our tour guides will share true Civil War ghost stories with you as you enjoy our award-winning Virginia wine.
Tours last approximately 30 minutes and include a glass of wine of your choice from our tasting menu. Tours are held outside, so please dress accordingly!
NEW THIS YEAR - Exclusive Extended Hours & After-Hours Specials!
This year Haunted Wine Tour guests will have exclusive access to the winery grounds from 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM (last call is at 9:00 PM) on the day of your tour. These extended hours will feature $10 mulled wine in a logo mug (a $7 discount!) and 15% off bottles (club members only)! We'll also have firepits out to keep you warm and new additions to our snack menu will be available for purchase. You must check in for your tour and receive your wrist band before you can enjoy the extended hours of the winery.
This is the perfect chance to have the winery to yourself and enjoy a fun Halloween night with your friends!
Tickets are $55 each. Tours are held Sunday-Thursday at 6:30 PM, 7:30 PM, and 8:30 PM. You must be 21+ to purchase tickets and attend the tour. All tickets are non-transferable.
Get 10% off when you purchase 10 or more tickets!
Wine Club member priority access (ended)
TWABR Wine Club members get priority access to tickets! Tickets go fast, so we highly recommended joining the club for priority access!* Wine Club members will be emailed an access code to purchase tickets. Please use the email address associated with your club member account when purchasing tickets so we can verify your membership (yes, we will check!).
Priority access tickets are available for club members and their guests only. The club member MUST attend the tour and show their ID at check-in.
Non-club members can sign up for our Haunted Wine Tours email list to know when tickets open up to everyone!
*Club members are not guaranteed tickets.
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What's different this year?
Inclement Weather/Cancellation Policy
Unfortunately, we are only able to offer a rain day plan on a limited number of days this year, due to various private events. If your tour is cancelled due to inclement weather, we will refund your tickets. No other refunds are available. Tickets are nontransferable. If you wish to reschedule your tour, please purchase tickets for the new tour date and email email@example.com and we will refund your original tickets.
Please note that guests must be 21 years of age or older to purchase tickets and attend. No refunds or exchanges.
Get 10% off when you purchase 10 or more tickets!
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, please contact the winery.
Q: How much do tickets costs and what do they include?
A: Tickets are $55 per guest and include a 30 minute walking tour and glass of wine. HWT guests will also have exclusive access to the winery grounds from 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM! We recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes and a jacket as you'll be outside, walking at night, on uneven ground.
Q: How long is the tour?
A: The Haunted Wine Tour is 30 minutes long. Please allow additional time for check-in and receiving your glass of wine.
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 enjoy their glass of wine.
Q: My friend doesn't want to attend the tour but would like to come for the exclusive, extended hours. Can they come?
A: The extended hours of the winery from 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM are for HWT attendees only. They will need to purchase a ticket to enjoy these special hours, but can choose not to attend the tour.
Q: Is this a "jump out and grab you" kind of tour? A: No, the Haunted Wine Tour is lantern-led walk through the historical grounds of The Winery at Bull Run. The tour will be interspersed 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: This year we're offering a condensed version of the tour per CDC guidelines. While we've kept some elements the same from past years, we'll have new stories, wines, characters, and special effects!
Q: What happens if it rains on my tour date?
A: We are only able to offer a limited number of rain plans this year due to private events. We will email you on the day of your tour to inform you if we have a rain plan in place. If your tour is canceled due to inclement weather, 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: 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. **Club members who purchase priority access tickets must attend the tour, as priority access is for club members and their guests only.**
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.
From the 2018 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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