Valley Road Vineyards

Although grapevines are dormant in the winter, wind and low (think single digit) temperatures are the top concerns for causing damage. A layer of snow actually helps protect the vines. Photo by Robert Llewellyn

Does winter weather spell trouble for area growers?

By Natalie Jacobsen Between sporadic power outages, icy roads and burst pipes, Charlottesville is dealing with plenty of winter woes. But we aren’t the only ones grappling with the freezing temperatures: Central Virginia vineyards are facing this weather head-on, with growers keeping a close eye on their property. David Geist, co-owner of Arcady Vineyard Bed […]

Valley Road Vineyards CEO and co-founder Stan Joynes says he and his wife, Barbara, were pleasantly surprised when they opened the first bottle from their collection—a merlot-based rosé. The 2014 meritage, a blend of merlot, cabernet franc, petit verdot and cabernet sauvignon, “is really special,” he says. Photo by Ryan Jones

Valley Road Vineyards opens on Nelson’s 151

One of the most surprising things Stan Joynes learned after entering the local wine business is how much camaraderie there is among vineyard owners and winemakers. It’s not a “zero-sum game,” he says—when one business is successful, they all benefit. About two years ago, Joynes started thinking it was time to do something different. He […]

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