North Mountain Vineyard & Winery will be joining us this year at the August 5, 2018 Wine and Oyster Festival On Sunny Slope Farm in support of the Artisan Center of Virginia. Come on out to taste their wine as well as wine from 10 other Shenandoah Valley Virginia Wineries.

Discover award winning wines, exceptional mountain vistas, and a storybook setting in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia! From the winery deck enjoy the views of our vineyard site that has been farmed since the 1700’s. The first grapes were planted in 1982 and included Chambourcin, Chardonnay, and Vidal Blanc. Today, our plantings are enhanced with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Riesling, Traminette, and German-Austrian varietals Gruner Veltliner and Zweigelt.

North Mountain’s winemaker strives to present a unique array of elegant wines exclusive to our vineyard’s terroir. The charming European architecture of the winery building is the perfect setting for our continental special events, cuisine, and celebrations.

Dayton Tavern will be joining us this year at the August 5, 2018 Wine and Oyster Festival On Sunny Slope Farm in support of the Artisan Center of Virginia. Come on out to taste their food as well as wine from 11 other Shenandoah Valley Virginia Wineries.

Dayton Tavern loves to serve food to people who understand the importance of “Breaking Bread”. Where you eat together as a celebration of the gift of life and importance of positive relationships with people from all walks of life. I want to be able to serve food that makes people smile. Food that brings back a memory of a dish served by grandma or something you had on vacation…the BEST thing you ever ate! Most people who have an appreciation for food have that connection with stimulating all of the senses. I’m not talking about just the taste and texture of the meal, but if there is music or art or is it paired with a great wine or just a nice glass of lemonade…the experience is exponential! That is why we are excited about being part of the wine festival.

Dayton Tavern will be serving charcuterie boards that feature local and Italian cheeses.

 

Smiley’s Ice Cream will be joining us this year at the August 5, 2018 Wine and Oyster Festival On Sunny Slope Farm in support of the Artisan Center of Virginia. Come on out to taste their ice cream as well as wine from 11 other Shenandoah Valley Virginia Wineries.

Traditional ice cream, or “porch ice cream” as we like to refer to it, is at the heart of what we do. It’s the ice cream many people grew up making on their porches at home with lots of ice and salt and their own homemade recipes. Ice cream that focuses on quality ingredients and flavor, and is not as concerned with how much overrun (air) is in the ice cream. After all, air has no flavor the last time I checked.

We began with the simple idea that we would make our ice cream the same way I grew up making it as a kid on my parent’s back porch. So we did, putting flavor and quality ingredients at the forefront, and it became a popular hit that developed into a mobile business. We could make the flavors of ice cream that customers wanted, the old fashioned way, with original wooden bucket ice cream freezers and only the freshest ingredients right at their event in a 12′ enclosed trailer that’s regulated and inspected by the health department.

In the winter of 2015, we added a new 20′ trailer to our business that allows us to make our great recipes in commercial modern batch freezers. This allows us to use the same great recipes that our customers have come to love, make any quantity of ice cream that our customers want, make bulk quantities of ice cream at an affordable cost, and allows us to operate our business in a more environmentally friendly way as the new batch freezers don’t create the salt water waste that is created in making the ice cream the traditional way.

Our newest trailer allows us to bring the services of an ice cream shop right to the customers location. It was designed with the customer in mind, as we have learned a lot since 2001 about what customers want. We can serve from the trailer, or lay down the back of the trailer to bring the equipment into the event that we’re serving at. We can serve 800 people down to 50 people from the same trailer.

In the summer of 2017 we opened our first brick and mortar ice cream shop. This shop will provides us with a retail and wholesale store, a stable environment to produce our great ice cream, indoor and outdoor seating for customers, and adequate freezer and refrigerator storage for our products and supplies. Our shop space is still a “work in progress” as we continue to add products and services that our customers are requesting.

Our business will now offer both the reliability of a storefront and the services that only a mobile ice cream trailer can offer. It’s this flexibility, and love of making great quality ice cream, that backs our motto of “Bringing happiness to you one scoop at a time!”

Crosskeys Vineyards will be joining us this year at the August 5, 2018 Wine and Oyster Festival On Sunny Slope Farm in support of the Artisan Center of Virginia. Come on out to taste their wine as well as wine from 10 other Shenandoah Valley Virginia Wineries.

When we first laid eyes on the beautiful rolling hills we now call CrossKeys Vineyards, it was nothing more than a thick forest. After crossing the fence which divided the land from the road, we saw the vision of the vineyard come to life. With no roads on the property, we walked through the untouched forest to the top of the first hill. Through the dense trees we could see the immaculate Massanutten Mountain peeking through, dominating the landscape. A few months after purchasing the land, we had a family picnic to celebrate the wonderful new beginnings with a bottle of Pinot Noir. It was there in that moment the realization of the endless possibilities this land had to offer was planted in our minds. Not too long after, in 2001 the first vines were planted. After many years of hard work, passion, hope, and most importantly perseverance breathed life into our dream; opening the doors to our own vineyard. In May of 2008, we opened the doors to the tasting room and offered the first vintage of 2006, 100% estate grown wine from the once forgotten land.

The two gold crossed keys are an old symbol of hospitality, excellence, and a place of prestige. The keys embody our goal of producing exquisite wines, delicious food, fabulous events, but most of all they are a daily reminder that we are here to provide an excellent experience for every guest that walks through our doors.

Thank you for believing in our dreams,

The Bakhtiar Family

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Hunts Vineyard will be joining us this year at the August 5, 2018 Wine and Oyster Festival On Sunny Slope Farm in support of the Artisan Center of Virginia. Come on out to taste their wine as well as wine from 10 other Shenandoah Valley Virginia Wineries.

The Vineyard

We love wine!  We are a family owned and operated vineyard located at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Stuarts Draft, Virginia.  We enjoy watching our vines grow and mature as the challenges of producing great vines yield great grapes and extradinary wines.  Every day is a learning experience & we enjoy every minute of it. 

Visit our Booth

Come visit us and taste our wines and have fun at the same time.  Meet our family and enjoy finding out which wines you like best.  We always have a a good stock at these events, just in case you want to take these extroidinary wines home with you.  Check out our schedule and plan to be there with us.

Third Hill Winery at DeMello Vineyards will be joining us this year at the August 5, 2018 Wine and Oyster Festival On Sunny Slope Farm in support of the Artisan Center of Virginia. Come on out to taste their wine as well as wine from 10 other Shenandoah Valley Virginia Wineries.

Edward and Wendy originally came to the Shenandoah Valley to retire, and here they are today! Wendy was born in D.C., and her family migrated to California when Wendy was two. However, their extended family stayed on the East coast.  They traveled to Virginia, Maryland, and the New England area at least every other summer to visit grandmothers, uncles, aunts, and her cousins. When they returned, her heart always stayed on the East coast. Wendy met Edward, a California boy, in high school. They raised three amazing kids and generally loved life, but Wendy always wanted to go back and retire on the East coast. So, Wendy dragged her California man East and began searching for a place to spend the rest of their life.

They finally settled here in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley. Did they always want to start a vineyard and run a winery? No! When they bought this place they met a couple who had purchased property in Woodstock with a small vineyard on it. That’s where they got the idea to plant some vines for their own consumption. After talking to a vineyard consultant, and having their soil tested by Virginia Tech, they went for three acres. Well, that evolved to six acres, which then evolved to deciding to build a winery! Now, nothing just happens, they encountered a lot of heartache and failure, as well as triumphs with a lot of hard work.  Despite the few hardships, they love their new life!

No, they never knew anything about viticulture or wine making. Ed was in precision sheet metal, and Wendy was a surgical tech for labor & delivery in California. They found perseverance and learned as much as they could for their new adventure.

Please come and enjoy the fruits of their labor, their wonderful wines and inviting tasting room and celebrate “part 2″ of their life with them.

They are constantly in the vineyard, pruning, hedging, spraying, and mowing.  You end up touching each plant during a season at least 7 times a year.  They start with winter pruning and end with the actual harvest in the fall.

“So much goes into one bottle of wine!  It starts with your soil- your terrior, the weather that particular year, your pruning technique, and in Virginia, your pest regime.  They have fungus in the summer due to our humidity, and if they get a lot of rain that particular summer, they have insects and an abundance of WEEDS!  You have to stay on top of everything.  They’ve also previously been wiped out by birds!

​When it comes to the flavor, it’s the yeast you use, the type of oak barrel, and how long you ferment it that contributes to what you love in a quality wine. So, when you drink a glass of wine, savor it, it’s a labor of love.”

Ed and Wendy love to enjoy our wine in a comfortable, fun setting, and so they built an outdoor pavilion just in time for summer.  It’s a wonderful place for our musicians to play during the warm summer afternoons, not to mention, a cool spot to sit and relax when the music isn’t playing.

The winery is tucked in the Shenandoah Valley with a jump off 81 and a view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The large tasting room has a great event venue and sits above a spring in Quicksburg, VA.

 

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