July 9, 2016 - May was the rainiest on record (and cold, too!) June wasn't much better, and still on the cool side, but summer has arrived with July! All the 2015 whites have been bottled and released. Our new peeps are growing and have decided they enjoy the front yard more than the vineyard, so they are always running around out there. We had several big wind and rain storms that took out a lot of our trees, including two in the front yard and two major branches from our lovely old maple by the parking lot. Not only are we sad about the trees, but the house seems naked and exposed!
April 1, 2016 - A beautiful spring day - no April Fool! Our March Food Bank drive was a huge success! We'll be delivering all the goodies early next week to them. We've had so much warm weather so early, the grapes are coming awake earlier then usual as well. So now we get to worry about freezes and frost until the end of May! It's a farmers' life in the vineyard. Bottling the 2015 whites will start next week. This is a great time of year to come out and enjoy the weather and watching all the fruit trees and grapes waking up!
2/9/2016 - This is the quieter time of the year for us. We are open on Saturdays and Sundays only, and the vineyard is asleep. With luck this will continue to be a fairly mild winter and the grapes will be happy. This is the time we prune back the vines. We mulch the pruned canes and use the mulch all around the farm and tasting room.
12/7/2015 - December is a great month! The weather is still great for enjoying the fire pit outside, we love helping spread the holiday cheer through our Food Bank special, and we have two Open Houses with lots of great food!
10/31/2015 - We're now moving into our slower season. The last harvest (Norton) is done and most of the wine is now laid to rest. Our Music Under the Arbor series for the season has ended with a beautiful (albeit cold) fall day. The leaves have turned, but not all fallen yet, so the mountains are still golden. The harvest and crush moved very quickly this year and we thank everyone who came out and helped us with the various activities - we hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!
Will stopped by one day and stayed on to help with the rest of the harvest season. He was a great help as well as a pleasure to get to know - we look forward to our paths crossing again soon!
9/7/2015 - We are jumping into harvest with both feet! We have already finished the Pinot Gris, Seyval, Viognier, and Chardonnay. This weekend we will harvest the Traminette and then Vidal - and those are just the whites! Come out and join us for the lovely fall weather and give us a call if you are interested in helping to harvest. Our Pick 'em & Stomp 'em was perfect - great weather and happy volunteers - check out this video on YouTube .
8/15/2015 - What a fast summer it's been! We managed to take a two week vacation to northern Europe (Moussa's first time) and left the tasting room in our staff's capable hands. Now we're back, and it seems like we're jumping straight into harvest! We try to schedule the annual Pick 'em & Stomp 'em for Labor Day weekend, but the grapes don't want to wait, so it has now been moved up a week to August 29 - just around the corner! Today is our 6th year in business and we're having a party! Just a super busy time for the next couple of months.
6/4/2015 - With the coming of beautiful weather, the vines are growing and the grapes are starting to come out. It's a great time of year to come out for a visit to enjoy the wine and the surroundings. Bring a picnic to enjoy and plan to stay a while and relax!
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.
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.