In 1999, Nelson and Elsie Stanley began planting Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, and Riesling vines. After several years of learning in the vineyard, the family pulled the Riesling because they didn't like the warm and humid climate of Southwest Virginia.
Nelson, Elsie, their son David, and his wife Tabatha decided to add a winery to the vineyard beginning with the 2009 harvest, and opened the tasting room in November 2010. As of 2015, they began counting their cases in thousands (just!) instead of hundreds. Still, Stanburn stands as the epitome of the small, family-run winery.
In addition to the Chardonnay, Traminette and Cabernet Franc the family started with, Chambourcin, Vidal Blanc, and Barbera have now joined the party. Only a handful of wineries in Virginia grow the Italian varietal, Barbera, but the Stanleys believe their southern Virginia terroir lends itself to the new grape. Give it a try.
At less than 10 minutes from the North Carolina line, Stanburn's location can make for a fun weekend getaway that includes Virginia cider (Foggy Ridge Cider), mead (Blacksnake Meadery), and other Italian varietals (Villa Appalaccia Winery), plus a dip into what North Carolina wineries have to offer - all within an hour or so.
Picnics and children welcome; space available for events and weddings.
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