Greenhill Vineyards Barrel Room  
Vol. XII, Issue No. 3                                                                                              February 28, 2017   
Dear Wine Lover Friends,   
Congratulations to The Barns at Hamilton Station Vineyards, winner of the Virginia Wineries Association 2017 Governor's Cup for their 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon.  Governor McAuliffe announced the winner on February 21 at the awards ceremony hosted by the Virginia Wine Board.

Our Winery of the Month is Greenhill Winery & Vineyards in Middleburg.  This beautiful boutique winery has a wonderful new Tasting Room that Wine Lovers will enjoy visiting.  Sign up below for a chance to win a Grapes to Glass Tour at Greenhill.

The Virginia Wine Expo is celebrating its 10th anniversary on March 9-12 in Richmond with an expanded schedule of activities.  Be sure to get your tickets early for the Walk-Around Grand Tastings.

Spring is in the air and that signals the reopening of winery tasting rooms and wine events moving into high gear. Check out March Events as you plan your weekend travels.    
Frank C. Britt

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Governor McAuliffe with Andrew and Maryann Fialdini, owners of The Barns at Hamilton Station Vineyards.
 (Photo: Jay Paul)
2017 GOVERNOR'S CUP governorcup
Governor Terry McAuliffe presented the 2017 Virginia Wineries Association Governor's Cup to The Barns at Hamilton Station Vineyards for their 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon.  The awards ceremony was held on February 21 at the John Marshall Hotel in Richmond.
The winning Cabernet Sauvignon is a full-bodied wine with well-balanced acidity. It is aged in French and American oak and expresses notes of dark cherry and coffee. It is 100% Cabernet Sauvignon and is complemented by a soft tannic structure that is integrated with the fruit. Clove and tobacco notes add complexity and extend through the finish.




Middleburg, Virginia
Winery Unveils Expanded, State-of-the-Art Facilities

In mid-January, Greenhill Winery & Vineyards celebrated the grand opening of a 15,000 foot expansion that includes a state-of-the-art Production Facility with custom crush capabilities and one of the only private labeling facilities in northern Virginia.  Some of the exciting new features are a contemporary Tasting Room with a spacious upper level lounge and a spectacular cathedral-like Barrel Room and catering/prep Kitchen.  Construction is also underway for an outdoor stage, fire pit and brick oven.  The addition provides generous space for wine tastings, private and corporate events, wine dinners and Wine Club activities.

T he New Tasting Room at Greenhill

Greenhill Winery is situated on a 128-acre estate in the town of Middleburg and bordered by the Little River.  It includes a natural pond and historic Manor House circa 1762.  Currently there are 20-acres under vine with varietals including Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Riesling, Seyval Blanc, Viognier and Chardonnay. 



An inside look into winemaking practices from viticulture to vinification.  
Exclusive Visit to Barrel Room, Vineyards and Wine Club Members-only Manor House.
Tasting and Charcuterie Plate.  For 2 Persons (value $130)



VIRGINIA WINE EXPOeventofthemonth
A Dream Destination for Wine Lovers, Foodies, Craft Beer Enthusiasts
and Whiskey Fans

The 10th Anniversary Virginia Wine Expo presented by Kroger on March 8-12 in Richmond is the season's hottest wine, craft beer, whiskey and culinary event in the mid-Atlantic region.  Hundreds of wines will be featured from Virginia, as well as the International Guest Regions of Spain and Portugal and the National Guest Region of Sonoma County, CA.

At Expo's most popular event, the Walk-Around Grand Tasting on Saturday and Sunday, 700+ wines will be offered for tasting and purchase.  There will be samplings of gourmet foods from some of the region's finest restaurants, caterers and specialty food purveyors and a variety of artisan products from high quality exhibitors.  


HONEY BAKED BRIE newrecipe                                                     
Recipe from Greenhill Winery
Pair with 2015 Greenhill Chardonnay Reserve,Virginia.


South River Vineyard Estate, Stanardsville
Sealed Bid Auction Deadline March 29

Given the current demand for Virginia grapes, this is a great "grape" opportunity. The vineyard is situated at the ideal elevation of 800-900 feet above sea level, allowing for excellent air flow, frost protection and superior wine grape growing conditions.  Five acres of mature grapes and two acres ready to plant produce Chardonnay, Petit Manseng and Viognier grapes for several nearby award winning wineries.

Photo Credit: Jay Paul

Virginia distillers visited the State Capitol on February 1 for their first Annual Legislative Day. They met with legislators and officials to talk about the state's burgeoning craft spirits industry and to thank them for support of legislation that would allow for bottle sales at festivals and other events. Information at

Farmville, Virginia
Open Noon to 7pm Friday, 11am to 6pm Saturday and Sunday
The recently opened Virginia Tasting Cellar is a destination Tasting Room in downtown Farmville where you can sample, learn, drink and purchase wine from an ever-changing line-up of 12 Virginia wineries. It offers the unique opportunity to taste wines or ciders in one location.


A Decade of Devotion

This is the 10th year anniversary of Sermons from the Vine, marking a decade of devotion to the Sunday sermons delivered by Pastor Kim Ciftci. Beginning in April on Sunday mornings at 11 am, the itinerant vineyard preacher delivers a scriptural, spiritual message at one of several Virginia wineries. The vineyard sermons derive from the many Biblical references to wine, grapes, the vineyard, or the processes involved in winemaking. For more information, please visit:

Handmade, single or double.  Available for pick up or delivery to Loudoun, Clarke, Frederick or Jefferson County. Contact Sharon Frye, at

To Select Festival and Follow Link to Purchase Tickets.

March 3: Spring Barrel Tasting
Potomac Point Winery & Vineyard (Stafford)
Be one of the first to sample young wines directly from the barrel while enjoying light palate cleansers. Winemaker David Castaño will lead the tasting. $34.

March 4: Barrel Tasting & Blending Seminary
Cave Ridge Vineyard (Mount Jackson)
An opportunity to learn from the master, Randy Phillips, who will conduct the seminary. Check website for details and to make reservations.
March 4: Merlot Vertical Tasting
Breaux Vineyards (Purcellville)
Sample and discuss various vintages with winemaker, Josh Gerard. Three-course gourmet meal paired with 8 wines and finished with delectable truffle. $75; reservations.
March 4, 11, 18, 25: Wine Tastings in the Cellar
Philip Carter Winery (Hume)
Tour of the cellar with tastings of aging vintages straight from the barrel, charcuterie picnic basket and souvenir wine glass. $18; reservations 540-364-1203.

March 4: Sangria Saturday
Lazy Days Winery (Amherst)
The first in series on first and third Saturdays of each month. Refill your growlers for $15 or buy growler for $25. Bring a picnic, relax and listen to live music.
March 4-5: Wine & Chili Weekend
Veramar Vineyards (Berryville)
Wine and soup: a great way to warm you up!  Sit in front of the fireplace with a hot, freshly-prepared bowl of soup and a glass of wine of your choice. $16 per person. 
March 4: Paint & Sip
Ingleside Vineyards (Oak Grove)
Create beautiful artwork as you sip wonderful wine. Professional painting instruction. Limited seating; reservations required.
March 4: A Murder Mystery Evening
Beliveau Estate Winery (Blacksburg)
A murder has been committed and you must solve clues, question others and solve the crime. Light hors d'oeuvres and glass of wine. $45.

March 4 & 5: Spring Oyster Fest
Early Mountain Vineyards (Madison)
Festival returns with live music, Virginia wine and oysters from Rappahannock Oyster Co. Seasonal menu featuring fried chicken. Tickets required.
March 4 & 5: Annual Barrel Tasting
Gray Ghost Vineyards and Winery (Amissville)
Taste developing wines and experience blending. Only opportunity to reserve futures of 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon. Light hors d'oeuvres and logo glass. $20.

March 4 & 5 (& other weekends): Barrel Tastings
Pearmund Cellars (Broad Run)
Winemaker will lead the tastings that include appetizers/food pairings and wine currently in the barrels. Special pricing on 2016 futures. $40; reservations requested.

March 4 & 5 (& other weekends) Weekend Wine Immersion Bootcamp
Little Washington Winery (Washington VA)
In plain English, learn everything you ever wanted to know about wine, including how to taste like a pro, how to pair food with wine, and much more. $40; pre-registration.

March 5 & 19: French Crepe Day
DelFosse Vineyards and Winery (Faber)
Selection of delicious savory and sweet crepes. Pair with wine by the glass or bottle. Let them know you are coming (434-263-06100).
March 5 & 19: Sunday Brunch
Bluestone Vineyard (Bridgewater)
Great food and magnificent views of the Alleghany Mountains. Seating begins at 10 am til 1 pm. $14.50; reservations.
March 5-31: Live Music Weekly
Glass House Winery (Free Union)
Live music and food for purchase on most Fridays and Sundays. Picnics welcome. No cover. Check website for schedule.

March 9-12:  Richmond, Virginia

Tenth Anniversary showcasing 650+ Virginia, Spanish, Portuguese and Sonoma wines; craft beers and whiskeys. Experience Virginia's craft beverage and culinary excellence at the Walk-Around Grand Tastings, Burger Blast, SMOKED!, A Noodle & Dumpling Affair and Master-Class Seminars. Complete information and tickets at website.

March 7:  Trivia Night
Brew Republic Bierwerks Tap Room (Woodbridge)
Put your knowledge to the test.  Drink some beer.  Have some fun and if the odds are in your favor, walk out with major awards.
READ MORE for Complete List of March Events
About Events: As our information comes from many sources, we recommend you verify dates and times, as well as costs and reservations that may be required. (We are not responsible for incorrect or inaccurate information.)
If you would like to submit an event, send details (what, where and when, as well as contact information) to no later than the 10th of the month prior to the event.

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