We both thought the newer vintages of Old House wines were better than we remembered from previous trips. It will be interesting to return and see if that trend continues.
Old House Vineyards
18351 Corkys Lane
Culpeper, VA 22701
Morais Vineyards and Winery since our last visit in 2013. The new tasting room is now complete. This building now separates the regular weekend visitors in a separate facility from customers who have rented the main facility for an event, such as a wedding. There are more outdoor spaces for gatherings and picnic as well.
Morais Vineyards and Winery. One is the classic tasting at $8 per person to try eight wines. The deluxe tasting is $15 per person and includes the classic tasting wines, three dessert wines, and a souvenir wine glass. We chose the deluxe tasting. Morais Winery also serves small tasting plates of meat and cheese to enjoy with either tasting.
Morais Vineyards and Winery included the Select White ($23), which is made from Rkatsitelli; a soft and oaky 2013 Merlot ($24); the Select Red ($25) a blend of Merlot and Cabernet Franc; the soft, fruit forward 2014 Touriga Nacional ($25); and the Jeropiga ($17), a sweet red dessert wine. Morais also makes a cherry dessert wine which they pair with their own Morais Belgian milk chocolate. The wine is actually served in a tiny chocolate cup. Guests are encouraged to take a sip of wine, taste it, then to eat the chocolate cup with the wine still remaining in the cup. This was a great way to finish our visit to this very pleasant winery.
Morais Vineyards and Winery
11409 Marsh Road
Granite Heights Winery. Their tasting room is open each Saturday and Sunday 12 noon to 5 PM. Granite Heights is a boutique winery that grows nearly all their own grapes for their wines. However, they do purchase Virginia-grown Petit Manseng. Granite Heights has about 12 acres of vineyards with each acre having 2,000 vines per acre.
visit to Granite Heights Winery was in the fall of 2014. There were some new vintages of wines on the tasting menu, along with some previous favorites. The Granite Heights Winery owners, Luke and Toni Kilyk, update the tasting menu, so each visit our has featured a different mix of their premium wines. Tastings at Granite Heights Winery are $7 per person. There were six wines on the menu.
While we were tasting, Luke described their current vineyard issues and plans. He also talked about some experimenting with other grape varieties. His wife Toni asked us (in a nice way) why we didn't join the Granite Heights wine club? She said she knew we loved their wines (true), their club is free to join, and there are only two shipments (or pick-ups) a year. She also said she understood we get asked this all the time. We signed up.
Granite Heights isn't just a small Virginia wine producer making excellent wines. They also sell some unique jams and preserves. When you visit, please tell the staff you read about Granite Heights on Wine About Virginia.
8141 Opal Rd.