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)!
Sept. 2, 2016 - Harvest season has arrived! We have already harvested the Pinot Gris and Seyval, with the rest of the whites almost ready! The rain has finally stopped (for now) and we have actually had a couple of weeks of sunshine, although still very hot most of the time. Right now, though, we are getting a very nice taste of fall.
August 8, 2016 - Still raining! What a wet summer! But the grapes are beginning to look like they are ready to be harvested - at least the birds think so! The cellar is waiting for the grapes to come in!
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.
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.