Wine and art blend seamlessly under the hand-hewn timber beams of the new Arterra Wines & Hawkmoth Arts. Winemaker Jason Murray grows and crafts ultra-premium, chemical-free wine using native processes. His elegant Tannats have been renowned in Virginia for over a decade.
Murray's wife, artist Sandy Gray-Murray, works her own magic on media as diverse as ceramics, paintings, etched glass and carved wine barrels. Precision, delicacy and balance describe Sandy's works, as well as the hummingbird moth for which her studio is named.
While many new Virginia wineries are staking a claim as large wedding and event venues, Arterra is heading in the opposite direction. They opened in February 2015 with a production of only 800 cases, and plan a permanent maximum volume of 1,200 cases annually.
Their premium wines will ultimately be available only through their two Wine Clubs memberships, appointment-only tastings for non-members, or walk-in purchases by the glass or bottle.
We love the idea behind their Vintage Priority Club, which features premium reds: You will be invited to a futures tasting annually in the cellar with winemaker Jason Murray, where you will taste and choose your selection of wines for the year. Your ranking of choice of varietals and quantities will guide your allocation for the year.
It's a somewhat steep climb up the steps from the parking area, but worth the effort. At the winery, you can browse Sandy's art (available for purchase), then take a seat on the outside deck, surrounded by pine forest.
Groups larger than six should call ahead to make special arrangements (no limos or buses). Children are welcome, but the open deck and fragile art are not the best environment for rowdy toddlers. No pets.
Feel free to bring food, but please pack out what you pack in.
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