Chrysalis is incredibly popular and busy on weekends, and for good reason - it's a gorgeous setting, and they have a large selection of wine. (Note that Chrysalis moved in 2014, so if you haven't been in a while, be sure to check the new address.)
After a decade in business, Chrysalis is well regarded for its unusual Spanish and Italian varietals on 71 acres of vineyards, including Albarino, Tempranillo, and Graciano. Chrysalis also has the world's largest planting of Norton, Virginia's hometown grape.
The new tasting room is the top two floors of an imposing modern building at the crest of a hill with views for miles. The bottom floor is the would-be Creamery, if all goes well.
Inside is wide open space with floor to ceiling windows that let the light and view pour in. Outside are dozens of tables and chairs and picnic tables.
Plans call for a huge outdoor firepit, and maybe a professional kitchen that will house a full-time chef.
Note that the second floor and all deck areas are reserved for those over 21 only (no children). Pets on leash are welcome. Chrysalis sells light snacks for picnicking, or bring your own (note that picnicking is restricted to wine-buying customers); weddings and events are welcomed here. Groups of 10 or more require a reservation.
The new tasting room is completely wheelchair accessible, with elevators to take guests to the 2nd floor.
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