October 5 - Harvest is over; several weeks early. The rains kept coming, so we harvested as fast as we could in order to salvage the grapes. This year was the rainiest on record, with well over 50 inches of rain! The harvests of the white grapes were very slow, with most of the time spent picking out the spoiled grapes in a bunch. Thanks to all our harvest volunteers - it was a very trying year!
Coming in after harvest.
Rivers through the vineyard! The tractor got stuck!
August 27 - Harvest season is upon us after about the rainiest summer ever! While there is some damage to the grapes from all the rain, we should still get a decent harvest. We had a perfect weekend for our annual Pick 'em & Stomp 'em and a great turnout for both harvesting and stomping! Hopefully the rainiest months are behind us and we will be able to stay fairly dry. I don't remember when we last were still mowing the grass at the end of August!
May 15, 2018 - Looks like Mother Nature has finally vanquished Old Man Winter and jumped straight into summer! Everyone is ready to come on out and enjoy the beautiful days.
February 3, 2018 - It's been a pretty cold winter for the most part, although little to no snow! Without snow, the cold is not worth it! During some of the warmer (40's) days, we (Moussa) have been able to start moving on our crush pad enclosure project. This will give us extra space for guests when we have inclement and cold weather. He hopes to have it completed in a couple of weeks.
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!
November 14, 2017 - Well, the harvest is in and all the wines have been pressed and are quietly "cooking" in the cellar. We are in the fall to winter season, the leaves came late this year and are just finishing up in our area. Fire pit weather has arrived!
Punching down the Carmine - what a lovely color!
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.