Three Notch’d Brewery

Three Notch'd Brewery

According to the story of the brewery, it was named after Three Notch’d Road, a colonial era travel way famous for 3 notches cut or burned in trees along the way to mark the trail. Started in Charlottesville in 2013, it now has locations in C’ville, Harrisonburg (2014), and Richmond (2016).

For a relatively new brewery, it’s pretty amazing to see not only the number and quality of beers on offer, but also the impressive level of concept and marketing going on. This is not a fly-by-night thing; it has been carefully conceived and cleverly marketed. They’ve tapped into (pun intended) the rich Virginia history of each area in which they have established themselves, but have also not neglected the fact that each is located near a major public university. In terms of the taproom experience, they’ve done a nice job balancing the needs of their college-town presence (UVA in Charlottesville, JMU in Harrisonburg, and VCU in Richmond) with the needs of a larger community of beer drinkers.

Three Notch'd Brewery

The C’ville taproom is a great stop after a hike. It has a welcoming, casual vibe that could easily appeal to the college set wanting to hang out — including board and card games on the tables and a large chalkboard wall inviting folks to “Make Your Mark” — but has none of the hallmarks of a typical college bar that can be so off-putting to anyone older than 24. It is unassuming, but clean, well-lit, friendly, and focused on the beers. Decor is branding-focused, pretty cool and well-done, without being either fussy or trite. Pourers are knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful. There’s ample seating outside, and lots of space indoors as well. You can order a pint of your favorite, or put together your own flight of 4 or 6 to taste.

THE BEERS

Three Notch’d has a fun website that provides lots of information on most of the beers they have available. On this visit, Henri picked a flight of 6 while Fergus (the driver) opted for 4, so between the two of us we sipped and sampled quite a few of their offerings:

The Ghost (American Pale Ale)
Hydraulion (Irish Red)
No Veto (English Brown Ale)
Jack’s Java (Espresso Stout)
Minute Man (New England IPA)
40 Mile (IPA)
Blackwall (London Porter)
Peach Ghost (American Pale Ale)
Would You Be (Red IPA)

Three Notch'd Brewery

We thought they were all pretty good, really. Not surprisingly, Henri most appreciated the stout, porter, brown ale, and Irish red…while Fergus was more of a fan of the IPAs. Henri tried The Ghost because she’d read good things about it online as one of Three Notch’d flagship brews, and it was fine; however, it did not convince her to start liking pale ales as much as the darker, heavier stuff.

Three Notch'd Brewery

HOURS

M-Th          4-10 PM
Friday        3-10 PM
Saturday   12-11 PM
Sunday      12-8 PM
Free brewery tours on Saturday at 2 PM.

FOOD

There is no food available through the brewery; however, Cho’s next door will deliver wings, nachos or other menu items to your table at Three Notch’d. You can call in an order, use an ordering app on your phone (didn’t work for us), or just head next door to place an order…they’ll bring it over when its ready. You can also bring in your own outside food.

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Early Mountain Vineyards

Early Mountain Vineyards

Early Mountain Vineyards is owned by Jean and Steve Case, a somewhat famous billionaire couple who started a little company you may have heard of called America Online (AOL). Located in rural Madison, Virginia, it’s one of the newer wineries on the block; they hosted a grand opening as recently as September, 2012. The Cases had purchased the bankrupt Sweely Estate Winery just 8 months earlier for $10.2 million and renovated the property to accommodate their vision. This was our first visit to Early Mountain, an impromptu excursion after hiking Bear Church Rock.

The first thing we noticed is that this is not a small establishment. The vineyards themselves are extensive, and the 3-level building sprawls out quite a bit, to include an ample tasting area and plenty of event hosting spaces. This is clearly a winery that seeks to capitalize on events such as weddings and galas, and it’s easy to see why they’re successful at it. The property is lovely and has been appointed with an eye to offering a very comfortable guest experience. The tasting room features a central fireplace and leads out to a terrace and lawn. When we took a seat for a moment near the welcoming fire, a server quickly stopped by to ask if we’d like a glass of wine or if we wanted to sample some local fare.

Early Mountain Vineyards

The tasting bar was large, but pretty much filled when we arrived. Our wine docent commented to us that it had actually been quiet and sparse most of the day until that point. He was gracious and friendly, but seemed a bit harried during our tasting. Each time he poured for us he walked away…then returned and asked us, “What wine were we on?” The only real description he provided of each pour was the exact wording on the tasting menu printed in front of us. During this busier moment in their day, it would have been nice if an employee or two had stepped in to give him a hand. We think the guest experience may have been enhanced quite a bit on this visit if one poor guy hadn’t been trying to pour and have wine conversations with 10-12 people — each starting a tasting at different times — all by himself.

Early Mountain Vineyards

One of our favorite features of the tasting bar is the chalkboard-look description of the vineyards of Early Mountain as well as the surrounding Virginia wine country. We truly appreciate that the Cases have made supporting and promoting Virginia wine one of their pet projects.

Early Mountain Vineyards

THE WINES

There were 6 wines featured for our tasting, all of which were nice. There wasn’t a single one that either of us disliked (and that’s not always true).  The tasting started with a crisp 2015 Viognier, followed by their 2015 “Five Forks” white blend, a nice 2015 Chardonnay, a 2015 red blend they call “Foothills,” and two really nice 2013 reds: “Eluvium” and “Novum.”

The last two were Henri’s clear favorites, and Fergus enjoyed them too. We took home a bottle of Novum and a bottle of Five Forks.

Novum is 61% Cabernet Franc, 36% Merlot, and 3% Cabernet Sauvignon. It is aged 22 months in oak barrels after undergoing “malolactic fermentation.” The Internet has some things to say about that process, but we decided it just means “makes smooth, bold wines you will want to share with your friends.” We’ll leave the science to the winemakers.

Like many Virginia wineries, we thought most of the wines were nice but overpriced. Bottles range from $25 to 38. There are definitely less expensive wines we have liked just as much.

We were neither blown away nor underwhelmed by our visit. Perhaps we left wishing the experience had felt more personal or had touched more on the region’s history…and been a bit less…hmmm…corporate feeling (?). Not sure how to explain it exactly. Despite the warm fireplace and the nice people, Early Mountain felt “new,” and felt geared toward making money and hosting a lot of people. It didn’t come across as particularly personal or grounded in the history of the land on which it sits.

Having said that, we won’t rule this vineyard or its wines out for recommending to friends or for repeat visits. It’s a very nice winery with very nice wines.

Early Mountain Vineyards

HOURS

Open 11 AM to 5 PM on all days of the week except Tuesday. Closed on Tuesdays.

WINE TASTING/FOOD

Tasting is $10 for six very generous pours (definitely a much larger tasting pour than we’re accustomed to receiving at most Virginia vineyards) and a souvenir glass. We were bemused to note that the stemmed wine glass used for the tasting is not the glass given to guests to take home; a clean, wrapped stemless souvenir glass is proffered to each guest at the end of the tasting instead. There are small plates of local foods available for purchase in the tasting room.

BEST FOR…

Events.

Stopping for a tasting and some local fare after a hike in nearby Shenandoah National Park.

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Barboursville Vineyards

Barboursville Vineyards

Located northeast of Charlottesville and just a bit west of Gordonsville (home of our beloved BBQ Exchange), Barboursville Vineyards is a natural stopping point on Rte 33 for folks looking to pair a hike in Shenandoah National Park (SNP) with a wine tasting. It’s a quick drive from the Swift Run Gap SNP entrance point. This was our second visit to Barboursville. The first was a mid-week summer visit several years ago. This one was a Saturday visit, and the timing seems to have made all the difference in the experience.

Barboursville Vineyards location on map

On our first (mid-week) visit, we were almost the only guests in the tasting room. We were invited up to the middle of the long tasting bar that runs the length of the room and stayed in that spot with one wine docent1 for the entire sampling, chatting with her for quite some time as we moved through the many wines offered. (We found that we needed to walk around the grounds for a while after that tasting rather than getting on the road right away, if you know what we mean. Twenty is a lot of wines to taste at one vineyard!).

Barboursville Vineyards
from our first visit (June 2012)

On this more recent visit, we got a look at Barboursville in action when things aren’t quite that slow. This Saturday, it was packed.

They certainly have their tasting system down, that’s for sure. We were greeted at the door by a hostess who directed us to someone else to take our tasting fee, hand us a souvenir tasting glass, and show us to the first of a series of tasting stations. We were pointed to the brut tasting bar just to the left of the centrally-located fireplace. There, a wine docent poured the brut and then the brut rosé for us. This heavily accented young man (French?) was not one to chat. He informed us of pretty much the same information we could read on the tasting sheet and provided some additional insight about the varietals & wine making process, inquired whether we had any questions, summoned the will to look supremely bored with both our presence and the drudgery of his job, then moved us along to the station around the corner to sample the vineyard’s whites. While the brut offerings were very nice, this wasn’t a great start to the experience.

Things got better from there. At the next station, we were happy to find a young woman pouring for us who was amicable and excited to chat about wine, the history of the vineyard, and why Barboursville’s Riesling is worth giving a chance…even if you don’t usually like Rieslings (she was not wrong, by the way). From that point on, it still felt like moving from station-to-station as quickly as possible to get the crowds through; however, all but that first pourer managed to come across as friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable. We passed – with four others who had arrived when we did — from the brut station to the white station to the first half of the reds station to the second half of the reds station, and would have then gone on to the dessert wine station, but opted to skip that since neither of us is a fan of sweet wine.

Barboursville Vineyards
Ian poured the 2nd half of the reds on the tasting list, before passing tasters off to the dessert wine station.

On both of our visits, we made a point of checking out the grounds. In addition to the tasting room with the requisite gift and wine accessory shop, Barboursville also offers a wine library, a large indoor event space, a full-service restaurant, and a sizable herb garden. What makes it really stand out is the history of the land. Either before or after tasting, guests are encouraged to walk down the drive to the carefully preserved “Historic Ruins.” This turns out to be the remains of the mansion built in 1814 for James Barbour (then VA Governor), as designed by Thomas Jefferson. Yes, really. Most of the mansion was destroyed in a fire on Christmas day in 1884, though the exterior walls, interior brick walls, and columns still stand (with some assistance). The vineyard’s flagship wine, Octagon, is named in honor of the octagonal drawing room of the mansion. It is surrounded by a garden of large boxwood bushes, so tall and convoluted that they practically beg for a game of hide-and-seek in them. In 1969, Barboursville was added to the National Park Service’s National Register of Historic Places.

Barboursville Vineyards
The “ruins” have been stabilized with iron bars so that visitors can see the historic architecture.
THE WINES

By anyone’s standards, Barboursville offers a lot of wines to taste for a small fee; however, we did find that the tasting list on the vineyard’s website for January 2017 did not exactly match what we were offered (but we’re not complaining).

Website Tasting List
for January 2017
Actual Tasting List
on 28 January 2017
  • Brut Cuvée 1814 Non-Vintage
  • Brut Cuvée 1814 Vintage 2000
  • Brut Rosé Cuvée 1814 Non-Vintage
  • Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2014
  • Vermentino Reserve 2015
  • Viognier Reserve 2015
  • Vintage Rosé 2015
  • Philéo and Paxxito 2010
  • Cabernet Franc Reserve 2014
  • Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2013
  • Barbera Reserve 2015
  • Barbera Reserve 2010
  • Barbera Reserve 1994
  • Petit Verdot Reserve 2013

Octagon 2004/ 2007/ 2010/ 2012 /2013
These 5 vintages can be compared in 1 flight for $35

  • Brut Cuvée 1814 Non-Vintage
  • Brut Rosé Cuvée 1814 Non-Vintage
  • Pinot Grigio 2015
  • Chardonnay 2015
  • Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2014
  • Vermentino Reserve 2015
  • Viognier Reserve 2015
  • Chardonnay Reserve 2015
  • Vintage Rosé 2015
  • Cabernet Blanc Non-Vintage
  • Rosato Non-Vintage
  • Philéo and Paxxito 2010
  • Cabernet Franc Reserve 2014
  • Barbera Reserve 2015
  • Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
  • Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2013
  • Barbera Reserve 2015
  • Sangiovese Reserve 2015
  • Merlot 2014
  • Merlot Reserve 2013
  • Petit Verdot Reserve 2013

When we asked, we were told that Octagon was not available as a tasting, but was available for purchase by the glass, half-glass, or bottle.

Octagon has been one of our all-time favorite Virginia red wines since we first tasted it back in 2012. Since then, it has won numerous prestigious awards and also, mysteriously, increased in price and disappeared from the vineyard’s standard tasting list. Back in 2012, we got to taste it along with the others for our $7 tasting fee. On this visit, a half-glass tasting of Octagon 2013 was advertised on a chalk board at $7.50. A full-glass could be had for $15 (for comparison’s sake, several Barboursville wines are priced by the bottle at $14.99). A full bottle of Octagon 2013 will set you back $54.99, and Octagon 2012 runs $69.99. It should be noted that we’ve seen (and purchased) Octagon at various wine shops in the past for far less than this per bottle, but neither of us can remember which vintage…so, that should be taken into consideration.

We truly enjoy most of Barboursville’s wines a great deal and most are priced incredibly reasonably for the quality — something not always true at Virginia wineries (perhaps because Barboursville is such a big winery, comparative to others, and has its wines in lots of shops and restaurants). We came home, on this day, with a mixed case that included the 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2015 Sangiovese Reserve, 2014 Merlot, and 2015 Vintage Rosé (can you tell that we’re mostly red fans?).

The bruts were both very nice, and the docent was quite right that the Riesling was not your typical sweet Riesling. Even Henri approved of it (and she vows that she hates Riesling). Fergus particularly liked the Chardonnay Reserve, of the whites.

HOURS

The tasting room is open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM and on Sunday from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Tours are available on weekends from noon to 4:00 PM.

WINE TASTING/FOOD

At $7 to taste over 20 wines (plus souvenir tasting glass), this is a bargain — particularly considering the quality of Barboursville’s wines. Snacks are available for purchase, but no outside food is permitted (leave the picnic at home). A full service on-site restaurant is also an option (reservations recommended)….though we don’t typically try to go there after hiking all afternoon.

BEST FOR…

A weekday visit, if you can. Wine docents have more time to chat and the atmosphere, in general, is more relaxed.

A solid vineyard for sampling high quality Virginia wine, taking in some Virginia history and landscape, and perhaps having a gourmet meal at Barboursville’s Palladio Restaurant.

VA TRAIL PAIRINGS
  • We came here right after hiking Hightop Mountain
  • South River Falls Hike
  • Rocky  Mount Hike
  • Big Run Hike
  • Jones Run/Doyle River Hike
  • Ivy Creek Hike
  • Patricia Ann Byrom Forest Preserve Hike

  1. After combing the Internet for some sort of industry standard title for the folks who pour wines for guests at vineyards, we’ve come to the conclusion that there simply isn’t one. Most vineyards in VA do not hire trained and certified sommeliers for this role. Sometimes, but rarely, the wine maker pours your tastes (always a treat!). To say “Wine Steward” seems out of place in the context of a single vineyard…more suited to a restaurant offering wines from many different makers. Sometimes the taste-pouring role is a paid position, sometimes vineyards rely on volunteers (paid in wine, perhaps). Each vineyard seems to come up with its own term for the role. We’ve seen ‘wine educator,’ ‘tasting host,’ ‘wine concierge,’ among others. We’re not sure what Barboursville calls theirs, but we’ve settled on a preference for the term ‘wine docent,’ mostly because the term docent has the connotation of being a guide. We’ve often found that the person filling this role not only pours the various wines, but also offers information about each one, about the history of the vineyard and the wine maker, and — when you get a really good one — about wine and grape varieties in general. The worst (or perhaps just newest) ones simply pour and repeat what’s on the printed tasting notes, the best truly guide each guest through the experience and leave you feeling more educated. (Now that we’ve written this gigantic footnote, we sense that an entire blog post about this topic may not be far in the future. Stay tuned). 

Sharp Rock Vineyards

Sharp Rock Vineyards tasting room barn
Unpretentious and welcoming, Sharp Rock has become one of our favorite stops in Sperryville.

We’ve quite literally been visiting Sharp Rock Vineyards for as long as we’ve been hiking in Virginia, since we discovered it several years ago on our gateway hike at Old Rag Mountain. Cleverly situated so that busy Old Rag hiking traffic can literally not miss it, Sharp Rock sits near a gently burbling trout stream (the Hughes River) on an idyllic 20+ acre farm, and — through the years — has been graced by the presence of some of the finest wine dogs in the country. (Years ago we were first greeted at the door by Bo, a friendly yellow lab who was featured in the very first edition of Wine Dogs USA). These days, owners Jimm and Kathy East rescue Bernese Mountain Dogs, two of which gave us a friendly welcome on our most recent visit.

Sharp Rock Vineyards tasting room interior
Henri and Jimm East, owner & winemaker, chat in the tasting room.

The tasting room at Sharp Rock sits above a small, unassuming barn. To get to it, you’ll drive by the large main house and the small B&B cottage near the stream, to the parking area just outside the tasting room.

Take a look around the hospitable, spacious grounds — noticing the welcoming, scattered seating areas arranged nonchalantly out near the vines and a small, as well as a somewhat more structured seating area next to the barn, where entertainment is sometimes featured. Then, head into the little barn and up the steps to a cozy area with one tasting bar and a small sitting area that overlooks the vines. You’ll more than likely have your tasting poured by the owner and winemaker, himself. I can’t remember a time we’ve been there (and there have been many) that Jimm wasn’t the person pouring each taste and discussing the wines with us as we go along. It’s rarely crowded when we stop by, though we suspect it may be more so on holidays.

sharp-rock-cottage
image of cottage from sharprockvineyards.com
THE WINES

Our tasting on 15 January 2017 featured six wines: Chardonnay, Chardonnay Reserve, Rosé Noir, Old Rag Red, Cabernet Franc, and Pinnacle, though we’ve been there frequently enough to try each of their wines at one time or another. On this visit, we brought home a bottle of Old Rag Red, Rosé Noir, and the Cabernet Franc, though we also enjoyed the Chardonnay Reserve and Pinnacle (a Cabernet/Malbec blend) quite a bit too. The Rosé Noir is made with 100% Cabernet grapes that Jimm leaves on the skins for three days to produce a darker rosé (thus the “noir”). It has fruity aromas of strawberry and grapefruit, and a nice balance of sweetness and acidity. Old Rag Red, one of our perennial favorites, is a hearty red blend of three Bordeaux along with some Nebbiolo grapes.

Sharp Rock Vineyards view from tasting room
View from the little sitting area above the barn, just off the tasting room.

Sharp Rock also runs a B&B, with two different spaces that patrons can rent to stay for longer than a sunny afternoon by mountains and river. The owner and winemaker does a great job of summing up the Sharp Rock experience in this brief video:

HOURS

Open all year Friday through Sunday and on Monday holidays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; in October, Thursday through Monday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Also open by appointment all year.

WINE TASTING/FOOD

Tasting is $7-8, and some light fare is also available for purchase. You are welcome to bring a picnic and enjoy it out by the vines, next to the barn, or up on the covered seating area just off the tasting room.

BEST FOR…

A great post-hike stop, you’ll likely really enjoy chatting with the owners and their friendly wine dogs. Bring some snacks or a picnic and enjoy a glass of wine as you rest after a long day on the trail. By the time you leave, you’ll feel like family.

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Map showing Sharp Rock Vineyards

Delaplane Cellars

 

Henri enjoying a glass of Duet on the deck at Delaplane Cellars
Delaplane Cellars is perfect for an afternoon date. [Henri’s date is…taking the photo].
Over the years, we have stopped at a number of vineyards on the way home from day hikes at Sky Meadows. Two of our favorites are Delaplane Cellars and Barrel Oak Winery, for very different reasons. Barrel Oak, which we’ll save for another post on another day, has some great wines and is a large, fun atmosphere if you’re with a group of folks, or if you have your dogs or children along. Delaplane features a much different vibe.

The somewhat austere house rules at Delaplane set it apart from most other Virginia wineries: ALL guests must be 21 years old or over (no children permitted) and no large groups. There is a moratorium on limousines or buses. This means, among other things, that you can enjoy your experience at Delaplane without a nearby gaggle of squealing half-drunk (or fully drunk) bridesmaids toasting a girl wearing a sash and tiara. Delaplane is not a stop on any of the popular Virginia wine bus tours, so there are no troupes of tippling tourists crammed at the tasting bar, either. Dogs are permitted, but only in designated outdoor areas (not in the tasting room or on the deck). Delaplane frequently features live music and it’s quite lovely to be able to hear the musicians or singer(s) without loud groups of people talking above it.

The “no children” rule had us curious when we first came. Clear signage on the way into the tasting room warns patrons of the 21-and-over-only policy, yet on our inaugural visit we sat outside on the deck and watched a family with kids & stroller approach — stop to read the sign — and then open the door and come on in anyway. Curious about how this was going to go down, Henri went inside on some pretense…but really to eavesdrop (don’t judge!). A friendly staff member met the group as they entered and explained the no-children policy politely, then offered the family free tasting certificates for nearby Barrel Oak Winery, which has different policies. The family thanked them, took the free tastings, and headed out. No fuss. No muss. We were impressed with how diplomatically and respectfully Delaplane’s staff protected the experience of their patrons and honored their own decisions about how they want to present their wines. (We were also impressed by the apparent cooperative relationship between the two neighboring vineyards).

Though Delaplane may sound dull or sterile due to their tasting-room rules, we have never found it to be either. Our pourers are always friendly, chatty (but not to a fault), helpful, and knowledgeable. The music is always a perfect volume to be able to listen, but also to have a normal-voice conversation as you do. It’s not a silent “listening room” any more than it is a raucous bar. It’s pretty perfect for a date or a small group of friends. We’ve noticed that some folks on Yelp and other review sites have not appreciated Delaplane’s efforts to establish a relaxing grown-up oasis that focuses on the wine and the views, but we love it for those very reasons.

View from the deck at Delaplane Cellars
Henri, the youngest of 5 daughters, has nicknamed these hills as “Five Sisters.”
THE WINES

Oh, did you want to hear about the wines?! Glad you’ve kept reading, because the other thing we really like about Delaplane Cellars is just that. They feature several wines we enjoy, and one that stands out as a favorite for us among Virginia wines.

[At Delaplane] I found a consistency of adroitly fine winemaking with nicely original touches throughout the product line. ~ Richard Leahy

If you know us at all, you know that we are red wine fans first and foremost (though Fergus has developed a freakish passion for rosés of late.) We typically like bold, deep, full red wines.

The wine we come back for over and over again — and recommend to our friends — is Delaplane’s Duet. We suppose that the name is appropriate since we’ve been raving about what a great date place this is for couples, but the name came about because the grapes in it were grown in two Northern Virginia counties: Loudoun and Fauquier. It is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Cabernet Franc. In the vernacular of winos, Duet is “fruit-forward” and full, but we find the balance with its notable oakiness to be really nice. (Is “oakiness” an actual word?)

Fergus bought a bottle of Delaplane’s rosé (simply called Rosé ) on our most recent visit, and proclaims it an all-time favorite, as well. The other wine that we enjoy the most here is a red blend they call the Cinq series. They are on Cinq5 at the moment, which may seem a bit redundant until you realize that its forebearers were Cinq4, Cinq3, etc. In the white category, we prefer Delaplane’s Traminette, though we don’t dislike their Chardonnay.

Some wine & light fare at Delaplane Cellars

HOURS

Friday-Sunday from 11AM to 5PM and also some holidays

WINE TASTING/FOOD

Tasting menu ranges in price from $8-$12; “light fare” also available for purchase.

BEST FOR…

Hands-down, this is our absolute favorite Virginia “date” winery. It’s just a great place to go as a couple to enjoy some wine, gorgeous views, music, and one another’s company in a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere. Not romantic in the hackneyed Valentines Day way, its romance is derived from the beauty and simple elegance of both the surrounding view and the tasting room/deck.

Views. We have to agree with Richard Leahy‘s assessment that Delaplane offers “one of the nicest tasting room views in Northern Virginia.” The tasting room, itself, is also tastefully elegant in a minimalist way, and features none of the gaudy, overwrought decor you find in many VA wineries.

  • The water cups are made from corn.
  • The napkins, paper towels and restroom paper are made of recycled paper.
  • Our hand soap is scent free and is environmentally friendly.
  • The Light Fare we offer is from local farmers and bakers.
  • The tasting bar, doors, front steps, flooring, future fireplace and retaining walls come from trees, wood and stone walls that were on the property during the development of the vineyards and the winery.

Concern for the environment. Though their website proclaims that it’s “not easy being green,” Delaplane is dedicated to just that. Janine Finnell, Founder and Clean Energy Ambassador of Leaders in Energy, writes about it here.

VA TRAIL PAIRINGS
  • Any of the trails at Sky Meadows State Park
  • Other Hikes Quite Nearby:
    • Manassas Gap
    • Ashby Gap
    • GRT Wildlife Management Area

map of vineyards near Sky Meadows State Park