5/1/2015 - April and May are busy months in the cellar, as we bottle our whites from the 2014 harvest. We have a great core bottling team of volunteers that help us keep up with it - thanks Mary, Dan, and Lou!
4/6/2015 - Spring has finally sprung! We had our annual "Our Wine and Ewe" sheep shearing event and had lots of folks come out to enjoy watching and helping. Mother Nature was very cooperative and cleared all the clouds and rain out to have a beautiful sunny day. I'm not sure the sheep enjoyed it as much as the rest of us did, but they feel like they've been on a crash diet and lost about 15 pounds! The whole weekend was beautiful and lots of people came out to enjoy the weather.
3/13/2015 - We are starting our 6th season - very exciting for us! While winter is still here, we had some great spring weather this week, and the bulbs are starting to peek through. Moussa is busy out pruning, now that the weather is a little more cooperative and we are starting to do our spring bottling of the whites, so while things may LOOK like they're still asleep, there's lots going on!
1/7/2015 - The holidays just all came in a rush and left before we were ready! Now we're in another cold vortex and just trying to stay warm. Not too much snow so far, but only the sheep are enjoying the temperatures!
12/6/2014 - Hard to believe that Christmas is almost upon us! All of a sudden it was Thanksgiving and now it's almost Christmas! Mother Nature decided to bring the winter weather early - hopefully she's just getting it out of her system and we're not going to have all the cold and wet that we've been already getting.
The sheep love this weather though - nice and cool for them, plus they get to graze in the vineyard along with the chickens!
And the people love it, too - because we usually will have the fire pit going! It's a great way to make new friends!
9/24/2014 - Harvest season is the busiest season of the year - it seems like we have one variety of grape to harvest at least once a week, if not two. Each occurrence is a cycle of harvest, crush, press (and then of course the winemaker starts working his magic!). The whites are almost done, and the reds are beginning this weekend! And on top of that, we are also busy bottling and releasing last year's vintage of our reds to make room for this year!
Scooping the grapes into the press.
The chickens checking out the Viognier "cake" before it gets moved to our compost pile in the garden.
9/3/2014 - It's hard to believe that harvest season has arrived! It's been pretty cool and wet most of the summer, but the sun has been out and we've finally had summer temperatures the last week or so. Our Pick 'em and Stomp 'em annual harvest event was great! The weather was beautiful, the crop was heavy, and we had a record number of participants. We enjoyed making new friends and working with old friends. Lunch was provided for everyone, plus we had a vertical tasting of the Seyval. Thanks to everyone who showed up to volunteer and to Mickey and Candy for providing a great lunch! Check out our scrapbook for some great pictures!
7/23/2014 - Summer is here and the grapes are looking lovely! Table grapes are almost ready - maybe another week. We were able to get away for a short vacation and everything ran smoothly, thanks to our great staff (I don't think anyone missed us but the barn cat!). More great music on the weekends, plus we are gearing up for our 5th Annual Birthday Party for the Tasting Room, with harvest season just behind! The year is speeding by, as usual.
6/5/2014 - We are now getting into the full swing of our summer season! Our 2013 whites have been released and we have added Viognier, Traminette, and Sweet Daisy back to our tasting repertoire! We have some great music lined up for the month, so plan on coming out to enjoy a relaxing weekend!
5/9/2014 - We seem to have jumped from winter to summer overnight! From barely making into the 60s to high 80s. The poor grapevines are very confused, but they have decided it's time for bud break anyway! Moussa has done the first spraying of the season, and the new lambs are settling in, although I can't say as much for the older ewes who think they have been invaded by space aliens and run away anytime the lambs come close. Our Music Under the Arbor series starts up next weekend with one of our local favorites, Time, and before you know it, the summer season will be in full swing! We'll look forward to seeing you!
3/26/2014 - Winter just doesn't want to give up! Hopefully, yesterday was our last snow (we got about 3 inches) and the cold blast will end tomorrow. It's been a real yo-yo. Due to all the cold and snow, Moussa is behind on pruning, so nice days find him busy out in the vineyard with dogs and chickens keeping him company. No bud-break yet, but the sap is starting to run!
3/1/2014 - We are looking forward to welcoming everyone as we start our 5th full season! The winter has been long and cold and we can't wait for Spring. The whole month of March has been designated Virginia Wine & Dine month, so be sure to enjoy!
1/22/14 - This year we decided to stay open on Saturdays and Sundays during the months of January and February and it's been great to have everyone come by and join us by the fireplace! This is a very cold winter, with single digit temperatures on several occasions, and we are even getting some snow to make it worthwhile! Hope everyone stays warm!
11/20/13 - Fall has definitely arrived with it's cool day temperatures and cold nights! We have the fires going in the tasting room and the fire pit to help you keep warm while enjoying some wine. The last of the wine has been pressed, our ice-wine, Sweet Daisy, and we are busy preparing the vineyard for the coming winter months while the wines are cooking in the cellar.
10/7/13 - Most of the grapes are harvested; only the Norton is left. It's been beautiful harvesting weather, with no rain until now. But it looks like fall has finally arrived, along with the cold temperatures as well. Leaves are changing and it's colorful wherever you look! This is one of the best times of the year to come out to the valley and visit!
7/1/12 - RIP Sweet Daisy. The terrible news is that Daisy died unexpectedly Friday morning. Anyone who has been to our tasting room met her as she loved to keep us company there and meet all our guests (and get belly rubs from them!). She leaves a very big hole.
We are located in the Shenandoah Valley off of U.S. 340 Business between Luray and Elkton just outside of the town of Stanley.
From Luray, VA: Use 340S Business through the town towards Stanley. Approximately 6 miles south of Luray, turn left on 624 (Hawksbill Dr), then left on 689 (Marksville Rd).
From Charlottesville, VA: Take 29N to Ruckersville, then 33W to Elkton. In Elkton, take 340N approximately 13 miles, then take 340N Business to Stanley. Shortly after crossing the RR tracks, turn right on 689 (Chapel Rd) which turns into Marksville Rd.
From Harrisonburg, VA: Take 33E to Elkton. In Elkton, take 340N approximately 13 miles, then take 340N Business to Stanley. Shortly after crossing the RR tracks, turn right on 689 (Chapel Rd) which turns into Marksville Rd.
We are on the right in the middle of the curve after passing Pine Grove Rd, in the white Victorian with the light purple shutters. The tasting room is in the back! Custom Directions.