Thursday, November 22, 2007

Happy Holidays for Virginia Wine Lovers

Lots of fun doings in Virginia from now until New Years. See below for some fun destinations and events!

Nov. 17-25
Hickory Hill Vineyards & Winery’s Holiday Open House
Join us for a Country Christmas in our decorated farmhouse, where you can sip our hot
mulled wine, taste seasonal snacks and purchase gifts for the wine lovers on your holiday gift list. Free. 11am-5pm., 540-296-1393

Nov. 23-25
Holiday Open House at Barboursville Vineyards
Celebrate the holidays with us. Special sampling from PalladioRestaurant will be
available. Make your own gift baskets with our wines. No reservations required. Noon-
4pm., 540-832-3824

Nov. 23-25
Thanksgiving Open House at Burnley Vineyards
Tasting new releases including Cabernet Sauvignon and Hot Mulled Wine (Spicy
Rivanna). Items to nibble will be available. Free admission. 11am-5pm., 540-832-2828

Nov. 23-25
Wintergreen Winery’s Holiday Open House
Get in the spirit with hot mulled wine, unique gift shopping, warm hospitality & a festive setting! Enjoy complimentary tasting of our award-winning wines and delicious holiday refreshments. Located in beautiful Nelson County on the Sunrise Side of the Blue Ridge
Mountains. 10am-5pm., 434-361-2519

Nov. 23-24
Horton Vineyards Thanksgiving Open House
Join us for hot soup and Horton Norton Chili. Browse for gifts for the wine lover. Take a stroll through the vineyard and walk off some of that Thanksgiving feast. Stock up on wine for the Holiday season with special discounts on our award winning wines. $5/person includes glass., 540-832-7440

Nov. 24-25, Dec. 1-2, 8-9, 15-16
Christmas Time’s A’Coming Open House at Peaks of Otter Winery
Come join us by the fire and taste warm Cinfulious (apple cinnamon) wine and cider in the wine tasting room. Gift packs of the many beautiful bottles of wine and canned products will make wonderful Christmas gifts. Noon-5pm., 540-586-3707


Dec.1-24, 26-30
“Winter in Wine Country!”
Capture the beauty and magic of wine country during the winter months. Offering Special wine tastings and champagne tastings at select wineries this month!, 540-622-2505

Dec. 1
Green Springs Holiday Open House
Wine, Gifts and Cookies! Save the date for our second annual holiday open house.
Purchase Green Springs Wine for all your holiday gifts. Check out the holiday specials,gifts and local crafts. Enjoy a glass of wine and handmade cookies by the fire while you take care of all your holiday shopping! Light fare available, no RSVP necessary. 10am- 6pm., 540-967-WINE

Dec. 1-2
Holiday/Christmas Open House at Burnley Vineyards
Tasting new releases including Riesling and Hot Mulled Wine (Spicy Rivanna). Items to
nibble will be available. Free admission. 11am-5pm., 540-832-2828

Dec. 1-2
Gray Ghost Holiday Open House
See the world’s largest cork Christmas display containing over 50,000 corks and complete with a ten-foot Christmas tree. Enjoy spectacular holiday foods and wine! Collect the 13th in a series of unique holiday glasses. This event is a Gray Ghost favorite! $15 per person includes food, wine and collectable holiday glass. 11am-5pm., 540-937-4869

Olio and Vino Novelli at Villa Appalaccia Winery
This is a rare treat. We will bring back olive oil pressed within the prior 10 days in Tuscany and present it along with our 2007 fresh Chianti! What a combination: almost like being there! Enjoy the new wine, oil and oven-baked flat breads. We will have holiday wine specials available. Fee for event. Noon-4pm, 540-593-3100

Dec. 1-2
Heart of Virginia Wine Trail Jingle Bell Wine Trail
Tour Central Virginia’s premier wineries-Cooper, Grayhaven, Green Springs, James River and Lake Anna. Receive souvenir glass, special gift for completion of trail, tastings and light holiday fare. $10/person. 11am-5pm, 804-550-7516

Dec. 1-2
Hearth Warming Open House at Naked Mountain Winery
Hot and cold hors d'oeuvres are served in front of an open fire. Come browse our holiday gift selections and watch the train encircle our Christmas tree. Admission is free. 11am-5pm., 540-364-1609

Dec. 1-2
A Shenandoah Wine Country Event Deck The Halls Weekends
Shenandoah Valley Wine Growers Association Venues. Pick up your unique holiday
ornament at each of the SWX Venues. Each participating venue will feature a unique
design or theme. $15 per wreath. Go to your assigned starting winery and begin a
weekend of fun and festivities. Limousine transportation available. Participating
Shenandoah Valley Wine Growers Association Venues and to sign-up visit our website.
1-5pm., 888-367-3965

Dec. 1, 8
Wreath Making Workshop at Barboursville Vineyards
Enjoy festivities of the season by creating your own boxwood wreath! Bring your hand
pruners! $40 per person. Reservations required, 540-832-3824. Noon-3pm., 540-832-3824

Dec. 1-2, 8-9
Winter Open House at Afton Mountain Vineyards & Winery
Barrel Tasting of the new vintage with complementary minestrone soup. Taste our entire selection of wine for the holiday gifts including our sparkling wine. Light picnic fare available. 10am-5pm., 540-456-8667

Dec. 1-2, 8-9
Breaux Vineyards Holiday Open House
Join Breaux Vineyards for a Holiday open house complete with light fare, mulled wine and discounts on holiday gifts and our award-winning wines! Gift certificates, wooden wine boxes and library wines available. Unique items for the wine lover on your list are in ample supply. Free. 11am-5pm., 800-492-9961

Dec. 1-2, 8-9
Holiday Open House at Ingleside Vineyards
In December we celebrate the holiday season with refreshments, tours, tastings (including mulled wine), and special holiday wine and gift specials. Our gift shop has been called the best at a Virginia winery. Sat, 10am-5pm. Sun, noon-5pm., 804-224-8687

Dec. 1-23
Yuletide at The Winery at La Grange
Share holiday cheer by decorating our christmas trees with your historic themed ornament and receive a free tasting of our award-winning wines. (one free tasting per ornament please) Member of The Blue Ridge WineWay. 11am-6pm., 703-753-9360

Dec. 6-9, 13-16, 20-23, 27-30
Holiday Wine Specials at Old House Vineyards
Holiday shopping made easy at Old House Vineyards. Stop in for 10% discounts on all
wine bottle purchases. Enjoy a wine tasting and a warm hearth to kick your legs up on.
Thursdays-Sundays in December, 1-5pm., 540-423-1032

Dec. 8
Holiday Open House at Woodland Vineyard
Celebrate the holiday season at Woodland Vineyard. Join us for wine tasting, light hors d’oeuvres, our signature mulled wine and holiday cheer! We also have hot cider and cookies for the kids. Noon-5pm., 804-739-2774

Dec. 8-15
Happy Holidays from Mediterranean Cellars Winery
Happy holidays from Mediterranean Cellars Winery! Join us for some holiday cheer and
unique gift shopping. 11am-6pm., 540-428-1984

Dec. 8-9
Holiday Open House at Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery
Come in out of the cold and enjoy fruit wines and meads. Food pairings, hot soup, hot
mulled wine. We’ll show you how our wines pair with foods. Lots of Holiday spirit. Find a unique gift for someone special from our gift shop or wine selection. Included logo glass.
Saturday 11am-5pm, Sunday open 1-5pm., 434-361-1266

Dec. 8-9
Oakencroft Holiday Open House
The holiday season is approaching and Oakencroft wines make a great holiday gift. We
offer the opportunity to avoid the crowds and sample some of Virginia’s best wines while doing your shopping. Snacks will be available and we will offer special holiday discounts. Oakencroft is the closest winery to Charlottesville and The University of Virginia. 11am-5pm., 434-296-4188

Dec. 8-9
Pearmund Cellars Holiday Celebration Weekend
Come share the joy of the season with Pearmund Cellars. Offering superior awardwinning wines and savory hors d'oeuvres while shopping for that special wine lover gift. You can’t go wrong with a gift in hand of Pearmund Cellars wine. Let our knowledgeable friendly staff assist you. 11am-5pm., 540-347-3475

Dec. 14-16
James River Cellars’ Holiday Open House
‘Tis the season for celebrating with friends, family and of course our seasonal wines. Who is naughty and who is nice? Find those perfect last minute gifts, taste our award-winning wines, and visit with special craft vendors to pick up some unique Holiday gifts. Stock up on wine, gifts and especially, holiday cheer! 11am-5pm., 804-550-7516

Dec. 15
North Mountain Vineyard Winter Solstice Celebration
Help us celebrate and bring light into the longest nights of the year by lighting the great bonfire on a late winter’s afternoon. Warm yourself around the stone fire pit while sampling our authentic German Gluehwein with traditional German cookies. Gourmet light fare specials and homemade soup available. Snow, rain, or shine. Hopefully snow. A wonderful pre-Christmas festivity., 540-436-9463

Dec. 15-16
“Wassail Weekend” at Smokehouse
Warmed, spiced mead to nurture the soul. Come in from the cold and enjoy mead and
good cheer. We will feature some special musical acts this winter at the Meadery (TBA
soon). Come in and groove as well as hunting down some unique gifts. $10/person. for more info., 540–987–3104

Dec. 15-16
Holiday Open House at Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery
Come in out of the cold and enjoy fruit wines and meads. Food pairings, hot soup, hot
mulled wine. We’ll show you how our wines pair with foods. Lots of Holiday spirit. Find a unique gift for someone special from our gift shop or wine selection. Included logo glass.
Saturday 11am-5pm, Sunday open 1-5pm., 434-361-1266

Dec. 15-16
Christmas at the Cellars at Rappahanock Cellars
Spoil yourself this holiday season. Sample award-winning wines; tour, listen to live music and shop for those on your gift list. Christmas gift baskets available. Tasting Fees: $4.50/includes souvenir glass. Food: Light fare, i.e. cheese & crackers. 11:30am-5pm., 540-635-9398

Dec. 15-16
8th Annual Christmas in the Cave at Valhalla Vineyards
Our wine cave, 60 ft. under the vineyard, is decorated for the holidays. Bring your out of town guests for this neat event. Special wines from our ‘wine library’ will also be available this weekend only, so if you have been looking for that wine you loved but cannot get any more, try this weekend., 540 725 9463

Dec. 28-31
Winter Open House at James River Cellars
Come in out of the cold and warm up during our winter open house. Did you run out
before the New Year? Then stop by at James River Cellars as you sample our awardwinning wines and restock before the new year. Perfect indoor ambience sets the scene for a warm and cozy Winter Season Wine Tasting. 11am-5pm., 804-550-7516

Dec. 31
New Years Eve Dinner at Barboursville Vineyards
Join us at the Palladio Restaurant at Barboursville Vineyards. Celebrate the New Year
with us at Palladio Restaurant. Enjoy a five-course dinner prepared by Chef Melissa Close and expertly paired with six Barboursville wines. Reservations required, 7:30pm-Midnight., 540-832-7848