Vint Hill, with its Cold War spy background and modern day winemaking mission, is like no other winery you are likely to visit.
In an earlier incarnation, the Vint Hill location was used as a Cold War radio monitoring station. The building that houses the winery also has a small museum dedicated to this earlier purpose.
Housed in a 1912 dairy farm barn, Vint Hill Craft Winery now dedicated to winemaking and wine growing. It is a place where would-be grape farmers can get some hands-on experience. So Vint Hill is a sort of winemaking prep school for those getting ready for the agricultural plunge.
A teaching and tasting bar upstairs overlooks the production facility. Downstairs, private vintners (or small groups of partners) gain practical experience. Learners come and go, checking on their barrels or consulting with the in-house winemaker.
Vint Hill offers classes on all aspects of winemaking. In addition, they offer tastings that include a variety of wines from Virginia grapes and elsewhere.
Thanks to Nancy Bauer for developing the original draft.