In a region not known for wine production, Stanburn Winery not only proves that it can be done, but produces a world-class product.
In the decade since Nelson and Elsie Stanley began planting Chardonnay vines, the next generation of Stanleys, and then a third generation was slowly, inexorably pulled into the vineyard.
The winery itself started with the 2009 harvest, and while the yield grows a bit each year, Nelson and Elsie still count their cases in hundreds, not thousands. Stanburn is the epitome of the small, family-run winery.
In addition to Chardonnay, the family also grows Traminette and Cabernet Franc, and a sweet Rose and sweet 100% Vidal have been added to the menu more recently. The newest additions are Chambourcin, a blend called Big A Red, and a sweet red called Poorhouse.
Picnics and children welcome.
Space is available for events and weddings.
From US 58 in Patrick Springs, turn south on South Mayo Dr. (680, away from Post Office), follow it until it dead-ends. Turn left, still South Mayo Drive, and follow it for .75 miles. You will see Conner Dr. and then grapevines on your left. Turn left on Conner Drive, follow it to the split and bear right. The winery is just past the old farmhouse.
Thanks to Nancy Bauer of Virginia Wine in My Pocket for developing the original draft.