We continue to produce grapes, make wine and operate without a tasting room. We offer our wines in a few boutique stores and sell mainly through attending festivals.
The journey began in 2009 when we decided to utilize some of our property to grow grapes and begin our adventure in the wine industry. After planting our first block of grapes in December 2009 we decided to take the courses offered at PVCC to gain a better understanding of what we were doing. Here we learned we planted a grape that is not able to be grown at our home location "Cabernet Sauvignon". We continued to grow and cultivate our vineyard as we worked to complete classes. We graduated February of 2012.
We debut our first wine at the Fly Fishing Festival in Waynesboro, Virginia in 2011.
By 2012 we came out with our Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. We also, planted Dornfelder in hopes that would be the varietal that would work well in our area. For the next few years we continued to work to expand our line of wines by adding a Rose, Vidal Blanc, Red "Chambourcin" and of course our famous Sangria.
By 2015 we decided to plant Tramminette and Vidal Blanc. We also opened a small boutique tasting room here at our home in Stuarts Draft. We did quite well only being open on the weekends from May through October, however our wine volume was not adequate to support a tasting room and festivals. After 2 summers we decided to close the tasting room and focus on building out our vineyard and increasing our volume of wine.
January 2017 we purchased an established vineyard in Lynch Station, Virginia. This acreage will allow us the opportunity to plant out more acreage and if we decide to in the future open a tasting room. At this location we currently have under established vines; Cab Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot. In 2018 we will be planting Dornfelder and in 2019 plan on finishing out the 7 acres currently fenced in. We are excited about the future and looking forward to continuing our involvement in the Virginia Wine Industry.
There is nothing like being able to create a wine and hear someone talk about how much they enjoyed it at a family gathering or having someone drive a few states a way to stop by and say hello and pick up a bottle of wine. Wine brings people together and we love being a part of what brings friends, family, and acquaintances together.