Wineries confirmed for the 2017 Gloucester Wine Festival!
Naked Mountain Winery
Markham, Blue Ridge Mountains
Naked Mountain Winery is nestled in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains and not only features some of the best vines and wines in the Commonwealth, but also some incredible views from its tasting room. Among Naked Mountain’s varietals include Petit Manseng, Chardonnay, Carbernet Franc and the DRINK NAKED! series of Birthday Suit, Make Me Blush and Skinny Dipper.
The Williamsburg Winery has been rated for the “Seventh” consecutive year “As one of the Worlds Best Wine Producers” by Decanter Magazine of London, 2007-2014. Wines produced here are appealing to a broad range of wine lovers from the occasional wine drinker to the enthusiast with production of over 60,000 cases annually. More than 30 acres of vineyard surround the winery offering a beautiful backdrop to the Old World-style village where the winery, the Gabriel Archer Tavern and Wedmore Place are located.Tours and Wine Tastings Daily April thru October.
Mattaponi Winery is a small family-owned winery in the heart of Spotsylvania County that, for the last 20 years, has used their passion for making a variety of wonderful wines. They are known for more than just wine. Originally, the log cabin in the vineyards was built by their family and friends as they started a Christmas tree farm. The perfectly shaped White Pine and Norway Spruce trees are for sale in the November and December. After you pick your tree, go in and warm up next to the fireplace in the tasting room with a nice warm glass of wine with mulling spices or hot chocolate.
Democracy Vineyards is located in gorgeous Nelson County, Virginia. Once a vibrant apple operation, a portion of the orchard has been cleared and planted with six varietals for wine grape production. Democracy Vineyards will also remain an active “Ginger Gold” apple operation.
Saude’ Creek Vineyards
New Kent County
Saude’ Creek is a privately owned and operated vineyard and winery located on the Pamunkey River in historic New Kent County, Virginia. The climate and mineral-rich clay soils of the Tidewater area contribute to the complex, food-friendly wines. The site once boasted Frank’s Tavern, a Colonial inn and public house for wayfarers riding between points north or west and the Colonial capitol of Williamsburg. George Washington and the French General Rochambeau, among other patriots and notables of the time, reputedly slaked their thirst here.
Good Luck Cellars
Located on approximately 100 acres in Kilmarnock, Good Luck Cellars was established in 2004 and now has over 12 acres under vine. Ground breaking on a production facility and tasting room began in the spring of 2010.
General’s Ridge Vineyard
When Rick Phillips was a young boy during World War II, he lived in the wine country of Northern CA. The rolling hills filled with grapevines made a lasting impression. Then for 35 years as a Marine Corps flyer, he lived all over the world. Ten years ago, the Phillips discovered nestled in the quaint countryside of Virginia’s historic Westmoreland County, located in the heart of the Northern Neck, almost one hundred acres of farm and an old rundown farm house. They had a vision of a beautiful vineyard. They had a dream. Today that dream is General’s Ridge Vineyard.
Vault Field Vineyards
Vault Field Vineyards is located on historic Vault Field Farm near the town of Kinsale, in the heart of Virginia’s Northern Neck. Its award winning wines are the result of a marriage between an exceptional terroir and the latest techniques in viticulture. Vault Field believes fine wines are made in the vineyard. The care of the vines is yearlong, starting with hand pruning during winter months. Next comes hand weeding and continued pruning during the growing season. Finally, in late fall, when the grapes ripen, Vault Field hand picks and sorts the individual grapes to produce high quality, premium wines.
In 1980, founder Richard Hanson planted the eight acres of noble vitis vinifera grapes. By 1987, the wine produced began selling under the Rebec label. Now, a quarter of a century later, sixteen wines are marketed via winery visits, festivals and local restaurant and retail establishments. The winery was designed and built by Mr. Hanson and his son-in-law Mark Magruder. The building features rich weathered chestnut siding and exposed beams from a 200 year old tobacco barn, which was once on this historic farm.In addition to producing several award-winning wines, and being a forerunner in the Virginia wine industy, Rebec is best known for our annual Virginia Wine & Garlic Festival. The festival began in 1991, and has grown into Virginia’s largest agricultural festival. Held each year in October, visitors from across the nation visit our country vineyard for a “stinkin’ good time”!
Oak Crest Vineyard & Winery
Oak Crest Vineyard and Winery Oak Crest, a name chosen for it’s depth of meaning, in that the presence of the Oak trees that grow along the crest of the vineyard, the use of Oak in the wine-making process, and the presence of an Oak Tree on the family Crest of the Brandt Family’s Crest. The goal to become the “Best Little-Ole Winery in America!” remains. The Brandt family’s winemaking history dates back to 1950, with the burgeoning family grape hitting the scene in the 1960s. Their whites and reds come in varietals including Merlot, Cabernet, Cabernet Franc, Rhapsody Moonlight Sonata, (a Summer Rose’) and more.
Ingleside Plantation Winery Opening in 1980, under the direction of Doug Flemer, Ingleside Vineyards is one of Virginia’s oldest and largest wineries and produces over 18 types of wine from its estate-grown grapes. For over thirty-five years, our hand-crafted wines have won numerous awards and top honors in state, national and international wine competitions, such as the London International Wine & Spirits Competition, the San Francisco International Wine Competition and the Virginia Governor’s Cup Competition.Ingleside is proud to be one of the pioneers of the modern wine industry in Virginia. Ingleside was the first winery in Virginia to produce a mèthode champenoise sparkling wine, beginning with our 1980 vintage. We were also the first winery in Virginia to bottle a varietal Petit Verdot, now one of our flagship wines and a recent winner of “Best Petit Verdot” at the 2012 San Francisco International Wine Competition. Today, they continue to explore unique grape varieties in Virginia, finding success in recent years with several Italian and Spanish grape varietals, including Albariño, Pinot Grigio and Sangiovese. Their 2014 Albariño won “Best White Wine in Show” at the 2015 New York World Wine & Spirits Competition. Ingleside boasts an “unspoiled and unpretentious surroundings offer an atmosphere of relaxation; the perfect getaway from the hectic life of the city.”
Kilaurwen Winery is an inter-generational family enterprise named after three daughters, Kimberlee, Laura and Wendy. Since 1994, they have grown wine grapes for many of Virginia’s finest wineries and still do. In 2009, we began crafting our own artisanal wines that capture the unique spirit and characteristics of the Monticello region.
Located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, only 8 miles from the Swift Run Gap entrance to Shenandoah National Park, our winery offers spectacular views and a relaxing setting in which to enjoy fine wine and a picnic with family and friends.
NEW AT THE GWF – Virginia Cider!
Cobbler Mountain Cellars
Cobbler Mountain Cellars Enjoy tastings, tours, hiking, camping and picnics on 90 acres of wildlife protected forest located on Big Cobbler Mountain, 45 miles West of D.C.
Open year-round for visitors to enjoy each season on the mountain. As the scenery changes, the menu changes … including Summertime seasonals of Ginger Peach, Wild Blackberry Hop and Smackin’ Orange. Winter’s favorites start in the Fall with Harvest Pumpkin before Halloween and keep us warm with Maple Stout and Jammin’ Cranberry Ginger to celebrate the holidays, crackling fires and the winter wonderland of the mountain. Year-round, enjoy the classic Traditional Jeffersonian, Original Honey, Mountain Top Hop and our Kickin’ Cinnamon!
You know what pairs well with wine? Food! We are delighted to have the following eateries confirmed for our 2017 Event! Stay tuned as more fine foods will be in attendance!
Creekside Catering – Mobile catering kitchen. – Facebook page
Kathi’s Clam Chowder – New England style clam chowder (served hot or packed chilled to take home) and Maine lobster rolls.
Tidewater Oyster Farms – Fresh local oysters on the half shell
VA Blue Crab – Crab cakes, Crab dips, crab quesadillas, fried pickles, pretzels, ruben eggrolls, and oyster fritters. – Facebook
Gumbeau’s – South Louisiana cuisine, American regional fair, and a variety of international specialties. Facebook