October 13, 2017 - It's been a busy harvest! We haven't stopped for a breath since we started! Each variety has given us a record amount this year, so the 2017 vintage of all the wines will all be from our estate. Our last harvest is tomorrow when we will be harvesting the Norton. This is also the prettiest time of the year to come out and visit the area as the leaf colors are just beautiful and will be peaking over the next couple of weeks.
Gorgeous color - both from the grapes and the vine!
Chicken inspection - they always know what harvest means!
Punching down the Carmine - what a lovely color!
August 31, 2017 - Already harvest time! We had a great turnout for our annual Pick 'em & Stomp 'em this year. A good thing, too, as it was a record harvest - 4.5 tons of grapes! It was a perfect early fall day and we all had a great time while harvesting, stomping, eating, and pressing! Check out some of the pictures below:
July 24, 2017 - Summer has finally kicked in and the grapes are growing! We're now back from a nice vacation and getting ready for harvest - it will be here before we know it!
May 31, 2017 - So far it has been a roller coaster of a spring - in the 90s one day, preparing for frost the next. Mother Nature doesn't seem to be sure what she wants to throw at us. This month has been no exception - and on top of all the temperature fluctuations, we've had plenty of rain! But so far the grapes are doing well and we are hopeful of a good harvest. And, as always, the views are beautiful!
March 14, 2017 - Only our second snowfall of the season, and this one was only about 4 inches. But March has decided to be much cooler than in February and after 70 degrees, it is hard to go back to "seasonal" temperatures! Pruning is almost done, although we need to keep an eye out as some of the vines are starting to wake up due to the long periods of unseasonable warmth.
The sheep still have all their wool, so they are enjoying the cooler temperatures!
February 6, 2017 - We've been very lucky so far with a mild winter and minimal snow. Hopefully the grapes don't wake up - it's been a real roller coaster ride with temperatures in the 60's one day and 20 the next! In a departure from previous years, and due to high demand, we have decided to remain open full time during the months of January and February. We will also open an hour earlier in the peak months of March - November.
January 2, 2017 - Happy New Year! We hope 2017 will bring lots of good health and happiness to all!
November 3, 2016 - Whew! Harvest is finished and our last red (Norton) will be pressed on Friday. Then we will be able to breath a little bit (although as you can see, we are taking a bit of a break now)!
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.