Valley Road Vineyards announces partnership with Wintergreen Music

VRV is excited to announce that is has expanded its sponsorship relationship with Wintergreen Music (formerly Wintergreen Performing Arts) for its 2019 Music Festival.


The first event will be July 18th: Mix Mingle & Music IV — Unexpected Pairings: Jazz Violin & Michael White

Mix and Mingle during Happy Hour before the performance in Valley Road’s Event Barn. Doors will open at 5:30 and the cash bar will be open for wine purchases. Music starts at 6:30. The event will feature the world premiere of Michael White’s new Quintet for 2 violins, 2 violas, and cello, followed by a set of Ella Fitzgerald-inspired jazz favorites performed by Wintergreen violinist Meredith Riley. For tickets, please click on the Wintergreen Music link:


Valley Road Vineyards is proud to be the Silver Level Sponsor of the First Annual Wintergreen Music Benefit on Sunday, July 21st. This very special evening will celebrate the impact Wintergreen Music has had and continues to have on the future of music, and help raise funds for increased scholarship and educational activities.

In an entirely new format, Festival Artists and Academy musicians will be seated with patrons as they share stories of inspiration through music. Patrons will also enjoy uplifting performances featuring Festival Artists and Academy musicians while surrounded by panoramic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.


In Opera Pairings on Friday, August 2nd, talented vocalists will perform familiar and favorite arias in Valley Road’s SIP Tasting Room from 3:00 – 4:00pm. This casual performance is a “Pay What You Want” event and can be enjoyed while sipping wine and enjoying the great views.

Nelson County prepares to Rock The Ridge again for a good cause


Two Nelson County businesses have teamed up to once again host Rock the Ridge, a weekend of music in support of a good cause.

The event — which is spread over two afternoons, kicking off Saturday, June 29, 2019 at Valley Road Vineyards in Afton and concluding Sunday, June 30, 2019 at Bold Rock Hard Cider’s Nellysford location — is meant to champion the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.

“We wanted people to come out and enjoy not only the views of the vineyard, but the views of the Rockfish Valley,” says Barbara Joynes, director of marketing for Valley Road Vineyards. “… And then, what’s better [than] … to support a local nonprofit that everyone can really get behind? Ending hunger.”

This will be the fourth time Valley Road Vineyards has hosted Rock the Ridge and the second time Bold Rock has participated as a partner.

Each venue has organized different musical acts. The Crozet Jam Band and singer-songwriter Will Overman perform at Valley Road while New Orleans-style bluesman Adrian Duke and Charlottesville jazz combo the Charles Owens Trio will play at Bold Rock.

Valley Road has “a little bit more of an Americana-type [sound], and then we’ve got a really bluesy, soulful day planned for Bold Rock,” says Lindsay Dorrier III, director of new business development at Bold Rock. “So, we’re sort of touching on a couple different genres as well as touching on a couple different locations and a couple different beverage styles.”

Charlottesville food truck 106 Street Food will also be onsite at both locations.

Previous Rock the Ridge events have raised a total of approximately $2,200 for the nonprofit, says Millie Winestead, director of development with the Blue Ridge A
rea Food Bank.

While this number may not seem that large, Winestead says its impact has a rather long reach.

“Through community partnerships, through economies of scale, through the use of volunteers the way we do … we are able to take [a] $1 donation and basically with that provide enough food for four meals,” she says.

More than that, Winestead adds, the awareness Rock the Ridge brings to the food bank is just as, if not more, important than the monetary contribution.

“Not only may they be reaching people interested in getting involved, whether that be through donating their financial support or their voice or their time … the awareness may be helping us reach someone that needs our help and doesn’t know it’s available,” she says.

Emma Schkloven covers arts and entertainment for The News & Advance. Reach her at (434) 385-5489, and follow her on Twitter and Instagram @byEmmaSchkloven.

2019 Governor’s Cup Results

Three Valley Road Vineyards red wines added some medal to the winery’s award cabinet.

VRV’s 2014 Meritage and 2015 Meritage each received a Silver Medal in the 2019 Virginia Governor’s Cup Awards, announced February 26, 2019. The immensely popular Torn Curtain also received a Silver Medal.

The 2019 Virginia Governor’s Cup was presented at a Gala Tuesday evening, February 26, at the Main Street Station in Richmond, Virginia. Now in its 36th year, the competition is a result of a partnership among the gubernatorial-appointed Virginia Wine Board (VWB), the Virginia Vineyards Association (VVA), and the Virginia Wineries Association (VWA), which owns and manages the competition. Any wine made from 100 percent Virginia fruit was eligible for the competition, while ciders and fruit wines had their own category and medalists. All entries included an affidavit with a certification of 100 percent Virginia fruit and vineyard particulars, including grower names and location.

Wine & Country Living Publishes Wine Tasting Tips from Valley Road

Wine Tasting 101

With over 40 local wineries to visit for a tasting, learning to expand your palate has never been so easy—or so pleasurable. Whatever you desire—flowery, fruity, smoky or light—you are sure to find the perfect wine. However, when it comes to wine tastings, the experience should involve more than just your taste buds. We asked Stan Joynes, owner and CEO of local Valley Road Vineyards, to share some tips on how to properly taste wine. Joynes recommends the “5 S’s” of wine tasting—Seeing, Swirling, Sniffing, Sipping and Savoring.

Joynes’ breakdown of the “5 S’s:

See the Wine.
Taste wine in a room that is well-lit, and if you can, hold the wine up to a white background to examine the color and clarity.
Tip: The intensity of the color will hint to how the wine is likely to taste, and, generally, depth of color will signal intensity of flavor.

Swirl the Wine.
Swirling the wine in your glass helps release the hundreds of aroma compounds that wine contains. They are so small that they float on evaporating alcohol into our noses.
Tip: The easiest way to start swirling is to place your thumb and forefinger at the base of a stemmed wine glass while it’s sitting on a flat surface. Then, while gripping the base, move the glass in small circles. As you become more adept, try swirling without a hard surface under the glass.

Sniff the Wine. Smell is the principal sense used in wine tasting, so sniffing the wine before the initial sip is essential. The “bouquet” of a wine is the total aromatic experience it produces, and assessing a wine’s bouquet can reveal not only its strengths but also its faults, such as oxidation due to age or cork taint. Experiencing the wine’s bouquet assists you in anticipating the wine’s flavors.

Sip the Wine.
Thoroughly tasting a wine requires recognizing its full array of taste and mouthfeel attributes which involves the combination of the wine’s textures, flavors, weight and overall “structure.” To get the most out of your tasting, start by holding a sip for a few seconds just inside the front of your mouth. With lips pursed, draw in a breath and let the oxygen pass slowly over the wine. The aromatics will be excited by the body heat inside the mouth and will be transferred to your olfactory receptor site.
Tip: To get the fullest experience of the wine’s attributes, take a larger sip and let it flow into the whole of your mouth, coating the tongue.

Savor the Wine.
The “finish” refers to the sensation you get from swallowing the wine, and it is defined principally by the length of time the wine taste stays with you after you swallow. The finish sometimes provides a sensation noticeably different from the taste you got on your palate. Items to look for include an alcohol taste, which is not desirable, and tastes that dominate in a way that renders the wine unbalanced.


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Valley Road Vineyards Appoints New Marketing Director

Afton, Va. (July 9, 2018) – Valley Road Vineyards is pleased to announce the appointment of Barbara Joynes as its Marketing Director.

Most recently in the role of Senior Vice President and Director of Account Management at Richmond-based West Cary Group, Barbara has enjoyed over 30 years leading advertising agencies in NYC and Richmond. Prior to West Cary Group, she was with The Martin Agency, where she became the firm’s first female partner and served in a variety of roles, including Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer. Clients that have benefited from her strategic expertise include Mercedes-Benz, Morgan Stanley, UPS, American Express, and GEICO, to name a few.

CEO and President of West Cary Group, Moses Foster, spoke highly of Barbara’s marketing pedigree, commenting, “With her proven track record of building brands, combined with the ability to generate bottom-line results for her clients, Barbara is a perfect fit for Valley Road Vineyards.”

In addition to her career achievements, Barbara has also spent a great deal of time giving back to the community. Her past civic involvement includes Board roles with the William and Mary Alumni Association, Henrico Doctors Hospital, YWCA of Richmond, and the Children’s Museum of Richmond, among others.

Barbara can’t wait to put her experience to work for Valley Road, saying, “There has never been a more exciting time in the Virginia wine industry. I look forward to helping Valley Road continue to promote its brand which is based on outstanding wines, while driving additional revenue through events and getting our wines broader distribution so that even more people can enjoy their quality.”

Barbara can be reached at

Virginia Viognier by Valley Road

Valley Road Vineyards 2015 Viognier Wins Governor’s Cup Gold

Valley Road Vineyards is pleased to announce that its 2015 Viognier has won Gold in the 36th annual Virginia Governor’s Cup awards.

Born of fruit sourced in the Monticello AVA, made by King Family Vineyards’ Matthieu Finot, and bottled at KFV, Valley Road’s 2015 Viognier was one of ninety-nine wines awarded a Gold Medal out of over 440 entered in this year’s competition. “We are Virginia Viognier by Valley Roadthrilled that our Viognier was selected as a gold medal winner,” remarked Stan Joynes, Co-Founder and CEO of Valley Road Vineyards. He continued, “We are proud to be in the company of exceptional wineries achieving this honor for their Viognier varietals, including our Nelson 151 neighbors at Veritas.” Of the ninety-nine gold medal winners, eleven were Viogniers.

Tasting notes are assembled for each wine on the characteristics of Appearance, Aroma, Flavor, Overall Quality, and Commercial Sustainability. Wines are then judged on the 100-point Wine Spectator scale of 7 levels ranging from “No Score” to “A Classic Wine.” To achieve a Gold Medal, the wine must score between 90-100 points. Judging took place in two rounds of blind tastings over a four-week period. A distinguished panel of 20 judges, including Master Sommeliers, celebrated culinarians, and international wine educators sampled over 440 wines from 100 Virginia Wineries.

About Valley Road Vineyards
Located at the gateway to the Rockfish Valley on Route 151 in Albemarle County, Valley Road Vineyards opened its doors in July 2016. A purveyor of exquisite wines, the company was conceived by a group of friends who share a love for the Virginia grape. Located on 22 acres, the vineyard enjoys commanding Blue Ridge views, and is conveniently situated in the heart of the Monticello Viticultural Area for easy guest access. In addition to its award-winning 2015 Viognier, Valley Road Vineyards offers ten other varietals and blends in its tasting room, SIP, which is open to the public six days a week. Additional offerings include meeting and event space, and a newly launched wine club.

Virginia Viognier by Valley Road Awards Valley Road Vineyards with Two Silver Medals recently awarded Valley Road Vineyards with two medals in its 2018 World Wine Championships. Both the 2015 Viognier and 2015 Whitehall Viognier received a silver medal with 87 and 85 points each, respectfully. Visit each wine listed on to read the full reviews:

2015 Whitehall Viognier

2015 Viognier

The World Wine Championships is America’s oldest annual international wine competition and has been operated objectively for 38 years. It is a blind tasting, medal-based competition that awards based on a 100-point scale. Wines are judged by‘s trained staff joined by top Wine professionals and buyers from retailers and restaurants using a proven, consistent, proprietary methodology developed in collaboration with Cornell University. The World Wine Championships distributes its monthly results to consumers and the trade through, a free consumer website with tens of thousands of unique users a month on its searchable databases and via social media @tastingsbti.

Trillium - Virginia dessert wine

Valley Road Releases Three Wines in Advance of Virginia Wine Month

In the three weeks preceding Virginia Wine Month (held annually each October), Valley Road Vineyards is releasing one new varietal each Saturday. They include two robust reds, and the winery’s first dessert varietal.

Trillium (release date: September 16)
Appealing flavors of peach and honey blend with a touch of citrus in this Late Harvest style wine. 4.2% residual sugar.
2015 Cabernet Franc (release date: September 23)
Highlighted by bright fruits on the nose and pallet, oak aged with a peppery finish.
2015 Petit Verdot (release date: September 30)
Abundant dark fruits, soft tannins, and a smooth lingering finish are featured in this big Virginia red.
Virginia Tourism Partners

Valley Road Vineyards Hosts Tourism Group

On August 31, area tourism professionals gathered at Valley Road Vineyards for a semi-annual meeting coordinated by the Charlottesville-Albemarle Convention and Visitors Bureau. Speakers included CACVB staff Kurt Burkhart, Executive Director; Bri Warner, Marketing & Public Relations; Ellen Sewell, Digital Marketing Coordinator; Brantley Ussery, Marketing and Sales. In addition, Rita McClenny, CEO of Virginia Tourism Corporation introduced the #StandforLove campaign alongside VTC Board Chairwoman, Susan Payne. “It was our pleasure to host fellow tourism partners and introduce them to our wines and venue,” remarked Stan Joynes, CEO of Valley Road Vineyards.


Valley Road Launches Sunday Beach Party Series

With temperatures on the rise in Central Virginia, area wine lovers need a place to cool down. So the team at Valley Road thought, “why not bring the beach to the mountains one day per week?” Relax indoors or out on the patio and enjoy surf tunes, themed selfie stations, and of course Frosé with a mini umbrella.

Starting July 23, join us each Sunday through the end of August.

Hashtag your visit with #vrvbeachparty for a chance to have your pic shared on our social channels.