September 11, 2020 - We are now to a new normal. Wearing masks, keeping a social distance, and flights instead of tastings. We have been surprised and pleased with how everyone has come out and been very supportive of the new measures in place for safety. We are now in harvest, and the month of August was extremely rainy and so far so has September! Not good for the grapes, who have had to deal with freeze and hail earlier and now so much rain.
We were able to have our annual Pick 'em & Stomp 'em, although
a more limited version. Harvesting is also a little more regulated in
order to comply with the distancing requirements. But the grapes need
to be picked!
July 1, 2020 - Virginia has been paying close attention to safety and watching the numbers and we are now able to move on to Phase 3. For us, not much difference as we are still not allowed to do tastings. But the flights have been extremely popular and Mother Nature has been very cooperative with usually great weather, allowing everyone to enjoy our wine and property while still staying safe! Thanks to everyone who has come out!
June 11, 2020 - Summer has finally arrived, and Virginia has moved into Phase 2 of their reopening process. The biggest difference now for us is that we once more have the use of our crush pad area in the case of inclement weather. Still wearing masks inside, keeping social distance, and sanitizing. We now offer flights in lieu of tastings.
We started our Music Under the Arbor series on June 6, with Mokey and Friends. The tables and chairs have all been moved off the decks into the yards to maintain social distance. Plenty of room for folks to come out and enjoy!
May 14, 2020 - We will be entering Phase I Reopening within the state of Virginia. Welcome to a new normal! During this phase we are not doing tastings, and the tasting room is closed except for the restroom. Social distancing is in place with one-way traffic in some places, and lots of cleaning and sanitizing going on!
To add insult to injury, Mother Nature also decided
to play a hand and sent us several nights of freezing temperatures in
both April and May, after some early weeks of warm weather. The warm
weather finally fooled the grapes into budding, and we lost about half
of them to the later freezes. Moussa is bummed.
March 20, 2020 - Well, the world has come to a screeching halt with the COVID-19 pandemic. This virus is extremely contagious and deadly and has spread throughout the world in no time. In an effort to slow the spread, most businesses are closed or restricted in their operations and we are one of those. In order to try to keep both employees and our guests safe, our tasting room is temporarily closed and there are no on-premises sales. We are open only for pickups, deliveries, and shipping. We look forward to when we are able to welcome our friends back to enjoy in the lifestyle we offer. In the meantime, we hope everyone will stay safe and healthy!
March 3, 2020 - We've had a mild winter so far. Many flowers are out early, but so far the grapes are resisting, thank goodness. Harvest was great and Moussa is very pleased with how the wine is turning out. At our annual Wine Club Barrel Tasting, both the Carmine and Norton got rave reveiws - even from folks who normally don't care for the Norton! Moussa is also cooking up a new sweet red wine.
October 3 - Harvest Season is almost over! Unlike last year, we had basically a drought for most of August/September. We are very happy with how Mother Nature helped us out, and the grapes are lovely.
August 26 - Harvest Time! Our annual Pick 'em & Stomp 'em event was this past weekend. Mother Nature cooperated beautifully and we had a great turn out with lots of volunteers.
The best-dressed harvester!
We harvested about 3 tons in less than 3 hours!
Pressing the next day.
June 29 - Summer finally arrived! Everything is growing nicely, so we will keep our fingers crossed for a good harvest. It is still raining more than we need, but we have had several beautiful weekends for folks to come out and enjoy!
May 17 - Been busy on the farm! Our sheep shearing was in April and tomorrow is our annual Spring Planting. We've had a true spring this year, with lots of rain (again)! Cold one day, hot the next. Heat on at night, A/C on by day. Crazy!
We bottled Sweet Daisy as a dessert wine this year, rather than an ice wine - very nice!
Early morning barnyard conference!
Impromptu music. The weather didn't cooperate, but we held it in Bacchus' Corner and had a great time!
Evening in early spring - we already have bud break!
March 25 - This month has been all over the place, temperature-wise, but the precipitation has continued - usually in the form of rain! We held our third wine dinner on the 9th, and it was another great success - maybe next time we'll do it under the stars!
January 14, 2019 - First snow of the new year - about 5 inches. With any luck it is not an indication of another wet year; maybe just a snowy one!
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.