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Archive for the 'Virginia Wineries' Category

Clifton Winery Clears Another Hurdle

by @ Saturday, September 5th, 2009. Filed under Property Rights, Virginia, Virginia Wineries, Zoning And Land-Use

The family trying to open the first winery in Fairfax County has won another battle against the County’s zoning officials: A mother and son’s work to establish Fairfax County’s first farm winery cleared a significant hurdle Thursday when the Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control Board gave preliminary approval on issuing a state license to Paradise Springs […]

Fairfax County Continues Efforts To Block Clifton Winery

Last December, I noted that one property owner’s efforts to establish Fairfax County’s first operating winery were being blocked by Fairfax County zoning officials and neighbors. Ultimately, the zoning issues were resolved and the project was allowed to proceed forward. Now, it seems like Fairfax County is once again moving to block the winery, now […]

Fairfax County Allows Clifton Winery To Go Forward

by @ Tuesday, December 9th, 2008. Filed under Virginia, Virginia Wineries, Wine

As I noted last week, Fairfax County zoning officials were threatening to block development of a farm winery in Clifton. Yesterday, the County’s Board of Supervisors voted to allow the project to go forward: Fairfax County could soon have its first winery. County supervisors voted Monday to set aside a local zoning law that would […]

No Wine For You

by @ Friday, December 5th, 2008. Filed under Virginia, Virginia Wineries, Wine

Over in Fairfax County, zoning laws are preventing the county from getting it’s first winery: The setting couldn’t be more splendid for a Virginia Piedmont farm winery: 35 acres of rolling hills, wood-rail fencing, an 18th-century log cabin and ancient stands of black walnuts, holly and American boxwood. But Jane and Kirk Wiles, a mother-and-son […]

A Bumper Year For Virginia Wine

by @ Friday, August 29th, 2008. Filed under Virginia, Virginia Wineries, Wine

Thanks to a dry summer 2008 is shaping up to be a good year for Virginia wineries: RICHMOND, Va. – The Virginia Farm Bureau says the state’s wine grape crop is thriving thanks to a dry summer. State viticulturist Tony Wolf says the crop is generally above-average in quantity. But Wolf said there is some […]

Good News For Virginia Wine Lovers

by @ Tuesday, April 15th, 2008. Filed under Virginia, Virginia Wineries

It looks like last year’s drought may actually lead to a bumper crop of the grapes that lead to high-quality wines this year: MOUNT CRAWFORD, Va. (AP) — A statewide drought that damaged crops last year was a bitter pill to swallow for some farmers. But it’s left some winemakers with the sweet taste of […]

Life’s Short, Drink Virginia Wine

by @ Wednesday, October 24th, 2007. Filed under Virginia, Virginia Wineries

CNN has an article up today about the growing prominence of Virginia wineries that is well worth a read. The article itself focuses primarily on Barboursville Winery, which is one of the well-known wineries in the state, but there are several wineries out there worth checking out, especially if you’ve got nothing else to do […]

Washington Post Profiles The Winery At La Grange

by @ Sunday, September 2nd, 2007. Filed under Exploring Virginia, Prince William County, Virginia, Virginia Wineries

I wrote a few weeks ago about our visit to The Winery at La Grange, in Haymarket. Today, the Washington Post has an interesting profile about it in the Prince William Section. Cindey and John Tamayo tucked into their afternoon picnic of Vidal Blanc and sharp cheddar. In the distance, fledgling grapevines extended toward the […]

The Winery At La Grange: Prince William County’s Own

by @ Tuesday, August 14th, 2007. Filed under Exploring Virginia, Prince William County, Virginia, Virginia Wineries

I’ve actually been meaning to write this post for several weeks now, but, well, life intrudes in ways that I really can’t discuss publicly right now. Nonetheless, recently, Kellie and I visited the first winery to open in Prince William County, Virginia, The Winery At La Grange, located in Haymarket. The public portion of the […]

Wineries Struggle To Deal With Popularity

by @ Tuesday, July 10th, 2007. Filed under Virginia Wineries, Wine

The New York Times reports that wineries in New York are starting to face a problem that has long plagued wineries in the Napa Valley, and even here in Virginia, they’re becoming too popular and too crowded: AQUEBOGUE, N.Y., July 3 In the 35 years since vines began sprouting out of its sandy soil, […]

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