October is an exciting time here in the Charlottesville Wine Country. It’s also exhausting! The grapes are carefully watched and as soon as they are the proper brix they are harvested. That can happen anytime.
I can remember a time while we were in Napa, California and Chris was working at Newlan Winery. The grapes were ready at 1 am so by golly that’s when they were picked.
Later that morning after the fruit was delivered to the winery, Chris was running the destemmer and saw something shiny – a flashlight that had been forgotten in the lug and traveled to the winery with the fruit! He had to make a quick dive to retreive it or so it didn’t travel through the machine and ruin an expensive batch of grapes. Later that vintage won some great awards and we teased him that he should swim in all the fruit before we sent it to fermentation!!
Anyway, if you are planning to travel to our area anytime in October look for your accommodations NOW. Everyone could be booked completely already. We are at our B&B for weekends, and have few tour seats left. During the week we still have some openings for both the B&B and the wine tours.
The exciting news right now is that a great new winery Mountfair is now open on both Saturdays and Sundays for tastings. Open hours are from 12 noon to 5 pm.
Previously they were open only on Sundays or by appointment. Our guests are really loving their reds! They have a great location to sit outside while it’s still warm and enjoy a picnic. Of course there is also their golf game up there…you’ll have to ask them how that’s played! Pictured here is a view of the vines and pond from outside the tasting room.
The other winery that has gone from appointment only to open hours on Saturday and Sunday from now through December, is
our new Custom Crush Winery, Virginia Wineworks. This is a winery where they not only make wine but have facilities for other grape growers to bring fruit and make wine with or without
assistance. Their hours will be from 11 am to 5pm. Pictured here is the tasting area from the barrel room.
So remember – when you go tasting right now you’ll have a chance to possibly see some winemaking action but it’s going to be crowded since it’s a popular time to visit the wineries.
And be patient while waiting to taste – many are working on little sleep since there is so much to be done right now!