In 2000, Stephen and Cynthia Madey purchased historic Buena Vista farm - now the Hague Winery - on the Northern Neck and spent the next eight years renovating the main house and farm buildings, some dating back to the 1700s. Framed with chestnut logs taken from local trees, Buena Vista was solidly built by Colonel Thomas Brown in the 1830s for his wife, Sarah Lee Cox, second cousin to Robert E. Lee.
Fast forward a bunch of years, through the Madeys' growing and selling their grapes commercially, deciding to open a winery, and then hauling eight tons of grapes down to Michael Shaps at Virginia Wineworks for their inaugural bottling, and you arrive at 2009, with their first release of Cabernet Franc, Rose', Chardonel and a Muscat dessert wine.
Of course, as every winery owner knows, that's when the real
Today, the Madeys welcome locals and weekenders to their sunny tasting room in the old barn (you'd never recognize it). A wall of windows looks out on a green lawn, and a covered patio (with a second tasting bar) offers a chance to reflect on General Lee, the role of the Northern Neck in the country's history, and how wine makes everything just a little bit more interesting.
For an even more histori-full visit, check in to the Hague Winery's restored 2-bedroom cabin on the 1830's estate. Four can stay here (if two are skinny); one bedroom is full-sized and the other is twin-bedded.
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