A New Year!

Exploring VA Wines By Doug Fabbioli   A New Year! The great part about being a farmer is that the work is never the same on a daily basis. It certainly changes with the season. As the cold weather moves in, the firewood becomes a priority along with propane, exposed water pipes and snow removal […]

The Joys of Owning a Winery

By Doug Fabbioli   The Joys of Owning a Winery! No, we are not on the market! But, there are always a few wineries openly on the market and the underlying story is that every winery is on the market for the right price. There is no question that growing grapes, making wine and selling […]

You’re Winemaker of the Year, Now Act Like it!

By Doug Fabbioli   You’re winemaker of the year, now act like it!   At the Loudoun Wine Awards last month, some of us were recognized for our efforts in the local wine industry. Bonnie Archer is the tireless co-owner of Zephaniah Vineyards and was acknowledged for her hospitality and leadership in the tasting room. […]

Growing our sip!

By Doug Fabbioli Growing our sip! Since October is Virginia Wine Month, I can get a little reflective on the growth and evolution of our industry. We have come a long way from the 70 or so farm wineries that we had back in 1997. The acreage planted has gone up substantially as well as […]

Is the Virginia Red Wine Grape Cabernet Franc?

By Doug Fabbioli   Is the Virginia Red Wine Grape Cabernet Franc?   When I arrived from Northern California 19 years ago, I found a significant amount of Cabernet Franc in the ground here in Virginia. The wines were generally promising but inconsistent. Some of the more challenging wines had green aromas and hard, thin […]

Pokemon. Go?

By Doug Fabbioli A new thing for us and much of the country is the interactive game Pokémon GO. I will be dead honest: I don’t play the game. My wife and 19 year old son play, and I am taking an observational view on this subject. As our winery is on google maps, we […]


By Doug Fabbioli Collaboration Over the years, I have recognized that working with others has numerous benefits. For best results, it is important to make sure you are working with others that understand how to cooperate and collaborate as well as manage your expectations of the results. If you are volunteering on a benevolent effort, […]

What’s with the Weather?

By Doug Fabbioli   What’s with the weather? We have all experienced a rainy stretch in the past. It’s been cloudy, cool and very damp. Overall we have not received deluges of rain. Other areas like Texas and Florida have had flooding conditions and severe weather conditions. As for our situation, what does this mean […]

Mount Vernon Wine Festival Celebrating 20 years

By Bob Tagert Mount Vernon Wine Festival Celebrating 20 years Although the beginnings of wine in Virginia began back in the days of Thomas Jefferson, the rebirth in 1976 was led by the investment of the Zonin family of Italy in a new vineyard in Barboursville. Along with a few other small wineries, Barboursville Vineyards […]

A Very Busy Time of Year, but why?

By Doug Fabbioli A very busy time of year, but why?               Here are a handful of winemaker/farmer/business owner things on the plate right now: Our frost protection system is up and ready to use. Our buds are just starting to show leaves as I write this so we […]