Saturday, August 29, 2015

Adventure Farm as a Top Ten Wine Destination

A big thank you goes out to Virginia Winos who listed Adventure Farm as a 
Top Ten Winery Destination. 

Please check out the Virginia Winos Blog. They have some great blogs about vineyards in Virginia.

On July 19 they posted about a visit to the Adventure Farm Tasting Room, titled Adventure Farm Winery-- Quite an Adventure Indeed!. It seems that they enjoyed their visit and we are hoping they will come back soon.

We have quite a schedule lined up for fall. The calendar is on this webpage and provides details of each upcoming event. Below is a summary:

(all music and food 6-9pm at the Tasting Room)
4th Jason Burke & Frank Bechter with Spiked Food Truck 
11th Hill and Wood with South Fork Food Truck 
18th Red Drum Ramblers with MWO Food Truck 
25th Will Overman with Cuz and 'Em Southern Cooking and Seafood Truck

More live music and food trucks every Friday night 6-9pm at the Tasting Room
Pumpkin Patch Saturdays & Sundays 11-5pm
pick-your-own pumpkins, corn maze, hay rides, barnyard animals, food, wine and more
Fright Nights 23rd, 24th and 30th

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

A Recent Trip to the Vineyard

All is well in the vineyard. Gathering with wine maker Jake Bushing of Virginia Wineworks, vineyard manager Carl Tinder and vineyard consultant Chris Hill, we wandered up and down the some odd 14 acres of vines, checking the progress of our 2015 crop.

Viognier is fully loaded and after 2 years of a lighter than average harvest this is great news. We might actually have enough grapes to supply the ever growing demand of our dedicated customers. Viognier from Adventure Farm has proven to be a premium grape and with that comes top quality and delicious wine.

The Chambourcin crop is full and healthy. We love this grape for blending with Cabernet Sauvignon to make our Gigi Red Blend as well as making our garnet colored Rosé. It is strong and dependable and everyone needs a little certainty in their life.

The Cabernet Sauvignon clusters are airy and beautifully spaced. We will keep our fingers crossed that the crop will ripen earlier than later. Every year is different but 2015 looks promising. This grape can be so wonderful on its own or blended with Gigi Red. Look for our first varietal bottling of 2014 grapes, in the barrel now, which will be released in the summer of 2016. 
The young Cabernet Franc vines look healthy. The crop load is light but flavor should be intensified.
Oh, Tannat. You don't seem to disappoint. The clusters are full and even. The sense is that this could be an amazing crop. We hope to continue using Tannat in our blend with Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. The 2014 blend is in barrel now and will be released in the summer of 2016. The Tannat and Cabernet Sauvignon have be award winning for both Michael Shaps and Bluestone Vineyard.
Chardonnay, so lovely, so perfect. Looking forward to producing more of our special Sparkling Brut. With its creamy, crisp and dry finish the Brut offers total satisfaction.

Adventure Farm label wines are made with 100% estate grown fruit. The vineyard is proving to be a top quality producer in the area and that makes us proud.