“If you could see yourself doing something else, what would it be?" It was 2004 when Brian Roeder asked his wife, Sharon, that question. Two years later, the answer came when the two planted the very first vine on the Delaplane farmstead, starting what would become Barrel Oak Winery.
That initial vine multiplied and grew into a 26-acre vineyard full of American and French hybrids, which the winemakers use to make their wines, everything from seyval blancs to cabernet francs. The Roeders and their team have since gone on to win hundreds of awards. Wine Enthusiast even named it one of the Six Top Family-Friendly Wineries in the world because there's something to do for pretty much everyone.
With the Piedmont countryside as their backdrop, families taste wine (kids sip juice), tour the production area, listen to music out on the patio, stroll across the grounds, and unpack picnics brought from home. There's a place for dogs, too, who are welcome at the winery as long as they stay on their leashes and promise not to brag about their superior ability to sniff out flavor notes.
Barrel Oak Winery actually has its own pup on staff—Birch. And many of its wines even have canine-inspired labels and names; two popular varieties include Chocolate Lab and BOWhaus White.
Trace the Zissios family's ancestry back a generation or two, and you'll find their roots in Macedonia. It's one of Greece's, and the world's, oldest wine-making regions, and it shows in the area's local traditions. After the fall harvest, for instance, communities would come together to stomp the grapes, creating a spontaneous and effective human wine press.
Today, the Zissios clan strives to bring the joy of old-world wine making to their Virigina winery. Their playfulness certainly shines through in the wines of Blue Valley Vineyard and Winery. These inventive vinos include a barrel-fermented chardonnay with notes of apple and caramel—perhaps a subtle reference to Halloween candy. Visitors can decide for themselves, sampling myriad wines while enjoying the premises' views of the rolling Virginia mountains. For an even more memorable time, guests can get married on the sprawling vineyard's elegant event space.
When the Winery at La Grange opened in 2006, it didn't do so from just any location. It set up shop inside the red-brick, three-and-a-half story La Grange manor, which sprung into existence during the 1790s, back when people still used wine as shampoo. Indeed, the historic house is the centerpiece of this 20-acre estate resting at the foot of Bull Run Mountain.
Seven acres of vines sprawl across the property and are visible from nearly anywhere on the estate. The winery transforms the fruits of these vines into European-style wines, which are marked by their elegance and refinement. Popular, more traditional wines also stand out in the winery's collection, which visitors can enjoy inside fire-lit parlor rooms or while picnicking out on the lawn.
Like the tail feathers of its peacock mascot, Narmada Vineyards is best described by the colors on display at the 51-acre winery. Foremost is the verdant green of the vines, contrasted with the purple grapes and clear blue of the neighboring lake. Then there are the wines themselves, ranging in hue from deep burgundy to bright peach. And finally, there's the metallic sheen of the winery's numerous awards, an avalanche of gold from contests such as the San Francisco International Wine Competition.
Of course, a winery can't thrive on looks alone. Combining a background in chemistry with her discerning taste, winemaker Sudha Patil concocts a range of reds, whites, and dessert wines that pair readily with food. The majority of the winery's ingredients are grown on the property, with the remainder sourced from Virginian growers. These handcrafted vintages, producing a modest 3,000 cases per year, are poured inside a rustic tasting room decorated with leather couches, hardwood furniture, and large windows.
Originally from Greece, the Papadopoulos family has millennia of winemaking in its history. You could even say that wine is in their blood, and not just as a figure of speech. On their 50-acre grounds at Molon Lave Vineyards, the family combines a traditional European winemaking style with its estate-grown Virginia grapes. In addition to the usual suspects—cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, pinot grigio—Molon Lave crafts Kokineli, a traditional Greek rosé table wine infused with dry herbal notes. Oenophiles kick back to sample the winery's offerings in two tasting rooms, on a wraparound patio, or on a three-tiered outdoor pavilion dedicated to the Greek god of patio furniture.
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