Important: Don't let your GPS take you down Fiery Run Road unless you like long stretches of extremely bumpy road.
Desert Rose owners Bob and Linda Claymier are on their third career (at least), and when you talk with them, it's clear they've loved each one. Decades of traveling the world in service of the federal government preceded their second job - running a horse breeding, boarding, and training business. (If you miss the winery turn-off and end up at Bob and Linda's house - as most people do - you'll see their stunning Arabians.)
The third career, launching Desert Rose Winery, allows them to weave together many of the threads they've gathered over the years. A warm, Western theme dominates the woody tasting room, where Bob presides in a cowboy hat and boots - a nod to his Oregon ranch roots.
Current offerings include an off-dry (slightly sweet) white blend, and oakey Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, a 100% Chambourcin, and European-styled Rose, along with a sweet dessert wine, called Starboard (because legally it can't be called port, funny!), made from Norton.
Bob also reports that Desert Rose is the first in Virginia to work with a new grape called Crimson Cabernet, which is getting a lot of buzz.
Kids are welcome (there's even a Kiddie Korner in the tasting room), as are pets.
Limousines, buses, RVs accepted with advance notice.
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