NORTH GATE VINEYARD

Mark and Vicki Fedor started small. Before they ever entertained thoughts of a tasting room, they spent years growing grapes and making wine and selling it at local farmer's markets and through restaurants and wine stores.

In 2011, with lots of experience, devotees, and a few notions about protecting the environment, they started thinking much bigger, opening a new 3,000 square foot Gold LEED Certified winery. Their green goal was to eventually net out to zero energy usage, through the use of solar panels, thick walls for extra insulation and more. The winery now reports that the Tasting Room is 100% solar powered and built with locally sourced (within 500 miles) green building materials. The tasting bar is reclaimed wood with a gorgeous recycled wine and beer bottle bar top. Tables are also reclaimed wood, and bamboo flooring compliments the local stone tile and fireplace, built with stone from the Shenandoah vein. All paints and coatings are low VOC (volatile organic compound) to create the healthiest environment possible.
Outside, a big, wrap-around deck with an outdoor fireplace encourages loitering.

Winemaking made big strides as well: the 2011, 2012 and 2013 Meritage all made it into the Virginia Governor's Cup Case, the pinnacle of the state's winemaking awards. Other perennially strong offerings are Petit Verdot, Viognier, Rkatsiteli, and the popular sweet Apple Wine.

Note that no smoking is allowed anywhere on the property. The winery is 100% wheelchair accessible, "from car to tasting bar." Reservations required for groups of 8 or more; no groups on Saturdays. Dogs on leash are welcome outside.

Features

  • Pet Friendly
  • Open Later
  • Groups Restricted (check website)
  • Private Events
  • Bus/limo Parking
  • Picnics welcome (check for rules)
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