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On land that had been in the family for 300 years, the Slater family, including mom Alice, dad Bob, daughter Kiernan Slater Patusky, and son-in-law Christopher Patusky teamed up to create Slater Run Vineyards in 2010, planting the first vines in 2011. After bottling their first wines following the 2014 harvest, they bought and renovated one of the historic stone cottages lining the road in Upperville, and called it The Local Taste, to begin to welcome guests and showcase their wines and others'.  

After several years of building a loyal following for their estate-grown wines, they moved the business down the road to their vineyards, building a larger tasting room and setting out Adirondack chairs to capture the view for guests. The peaceful setting is reserved for adult humans - no one under 21, and no pets

Slater Run's talented winemaker, Katel Griaud, started her education early, at her family's vineyards in Monbazillac in France. Now 12 acres of grapes produce estate wines including Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Rose', and Cabernet Franc, as well as two Bordeaux-style blends called First Bridge and Roots. 


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