Tour a winery and vineyard helmed by a 12th-generation Virginian, learn about wines, and sit down to a private picnic of charcuterie
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About This Deal
Each package includes the following for every two people:
- Guided vineyard and winery tour with reservation
- Wine education and appreciation experience involving the fermentation process
- Picnic of honey, cheeses, and meats
- Blanket, cutting board, and basket rental
- Two keepsake Philip Carter tasting glasses and a corkscrew
For the private picnic, guests receive a blanket and basket of local Virginia cheeses, cured meats, and Valley View Honey to enjoy on the winery grounds. The basket also includes a cutting board and chocolates; the basket, board, and blanket must be returned at the end of the visit.
About Philip Carter Winery
Bearing the surname of the wealthy, 17th-century Virginian Robert "King" Carter, owner Philip Carter Strother—Robert’s direct descendant and a 12th-generation Virginian—strives to keep his family’s deep winemaking roots alive at Philip Carter Winery. Robert’s sons, Charles and Landon, made wine from the grapes they cultivated on the grounds of their plantation in the mid 1700s, driven by a 1619 law that required all Virginian landowners to maintain at least 10 vines and one three-cornered hat. But the Carters took it further than that, eventually planting 1,800 vines along the banks of the Rappahannock River by 1754.
Fast-forward more than 250 years to 2008, when 27 acres overlooking the rolling Blue Ridge Mountains were purchased. There, Philip Carter Strother would oversee the planting of 1,800 vines in a symbolic nod to his ancestors. Today, daily tastings, educational sessions, tours, and corkscrew lessons take place to let guests peruse the vineyard's rousing [collection of vintages] that helped garner the honors of a Gold for Best Wine Tour in Virginia and Silver for Best Winery in Virginia from Virginia Wine Lover Magazine. Acclaimed wines include the full-bodied flagship 2010 Cleve blend, winner of a 2013 Virginia Governor's Cup gold medal, the 2011 Gov. Fauquier chardonnay, and the bright, acidic 2012 Rosewell.