Valley Road Earns Recognition at the 2017 State Fair Wine Competition

On June 12, 2017, Valley Road Vineyards was awarded a Silver Medal for its 2014 Meritage in the 24th annual State Fair of Virginia Wine Competition. It also received an award for its labels in the Best Contemporary Series category. Valley Road would like to thank its principal design agency, Watermark Design, who is responsible for the branding and ongoing label design for the winery.

More about the competition…
The 24th annual State Fair of Virginia Wine Competition promotes and showcases a vibrant and important element of Virginia agriculture. All proceeds from the competition benefit the State Fair of Virginia Scholarship Program, which offers $70,000 in annual scholarships for student competitors’ higher education. Click here to view the list of winners.

Governor's Cup Case Gold Medal Winning Wine from Valley Road

Valley Road Vineyards Earns Coveted Spot in 2017 Governor’s Cup Case®

Valley Road Vineyards 2014 Petit Verdot Governor's Cup Case Gold Medal Wine

2014 Petit Verdot

Valley Road Vineyards is pleased to announce that its Gold Medal-winning 2014 Petit Verdot has won one of the twelve spots in the Governor’s Case in the 35th annual 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 2014 Petit Verdot was one of twenty-three wines awarded a Gold Medal out of nearly 500 entered in this year’s competition. “Having opened our tasting room only in July 2016, we are delighted to achieve this honor in our first full year of operation,” remarked Stan Joynes, Co-Founder and CEO of Valley Road Vineyards. He continued, “We are proud to be in the company of exceptional wineries, including our neighbors at Cardinal Point, Pollak, Veritas, and King Family, who together account for more than one-third of the Gold Medal recipients this year.”

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 40 judges, including Master Sommeliers, celebrated culinarians, and international wine educators sampled 494 wines from 102 Virginia Wineries. Only 12 of the 494 were selected for inclusion in the Governor’s Cup Case.

The twelve wines that make up the Governor’s Cup Case and the overall winner of the Governor’s Cup were announced by Governor Terry McAuliffe on February 21 at the annual Governor’s Cup Gala. 

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 the award-winning 2014 Petit Verdot, Valley Road Vineyards offers ten other varietals and blends in its tasting room, “SIP”, which is open to the public six days a week.

VRV Reviewed by Virginia Winos

We had the pleasure of hosting Amy and Alli from Virginia Winos back in October. Click here to read all about their visit including tips on where to drink our varietals and suggested food pairings!

Cville Hop On Tours

Valley Road Vineyards Partners with Cville Hop On Tours

The newest stop on Crozet’s Hop On Tour, Valley Road Vineyards looks forward to welcoming guests as they explore the wineries, breweries, and distilleries in our area.

Cville Hop On Tours charters local beverage and scenery tours, offering a safe and fun environment for patrons to enjoy.

Visit their website to learn more, and we’ll see you at VRV when you hop on!

Will Overmand Band at Valley Road Vineyards

VRV & Will Overman Band Raise $1100 for BRAFB

On Sunday, November 13th, Will Overman Band performed a benefit concert at Valley Road Vineyards to Will Overman and VRV raise money for BRAFBprovide support for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank in advance of the busy holiday season.

“We are happy to report that the event raised $1,107 which is equal to 4,428 meals. We are beyond grateful to Valley Road Vineyards and the Will Overman Band for partnering with us to solve hunger in the spirit of the holiday season,” remarked Carrie Covey, BRAFB Development Coordinator.

We want to express our appreciation to the Will Overman Band, our vendors, Blue Ridge Pizza Co., and Big Island Pearls, as well as to the volunteers who donated their time to assist with taking donations, set-up, and event flow.

BRAFB staff member and event volunteer Nancy Bowman said, “What fun to sit in the sun, drink wonderful wine, listen to live music and have the opportunity to interact with owners and friends of a caring business who partner with Blue Ridge Area Food Bank to help feed our neighbors! I experienced a perfect day at Valley Road Vineyards and look forward to many more opportunities to enjoy their wines and company in a relaxing setting.”

Virginia Winery Valley Road Vineyards

Virginia Wine Month at VRV

October is Virginia Wine Month! Celebrate with us throughout the month and enjoy featured wines, events and much more.

October 1-7
White Hall Viognier Release
We’re kicking off Virginia Wine Month by releasing our second Viognier with fruit sourced exclusively from White Hall Vineyards in Crozet, VA. This wine is 100% Viognier with a bright floral and slightly earthy nose. The wine has sensational balance of fruit and acid and a long crisp finish.

Thursday, October 6th
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Thursday Evening Music Series featuring Jacob Paul Allen
Click here to visit the event page.

Saturday, October 8th
Fête Sparkling Viognier Release
10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Mimosas and pastries, live music by Phil West and fresh shucked Oysters from Big Island Pearl. It’s our official “Cheers” to Virginia Wine Month!
Click here to visit the event page.

Thursday, October 13th
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Thursday Evening Music Series featuring Solos in the Round

October 15-21
Petit Verdot Feature
As we head into the heart of Autumn we feature our biggest, boldest red! Petit Verdot, 100% aged 20 months in French oak produces a big powerful and eminently enjoyable Virginia classic! Our wonderful  Petit Verdot will be offered at $26.95 per bottle, and by the case at 15% off (a savings of almost $50!) for the month of October. Stock up before All Hallows Eve!

Thursday, October 20th
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Thursday Evening Music Series featuring Will Overman

October 22-31
Meritage Re-Release
Our limited run of 2014 Meritage is re-released for the finale of Virginia wine month. Come see why we’ve been waiting for this wine to get some age under its belt!

October 27th
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Thursday Evening Music Series featuring Michael Clem
Click here to visit the event page.

Valley Road Vineyards, The newest stop on Nelson county’s Rt. 151

Valley Road Vineyards, The newest stop on Nelson county’s Rt. 151, is pleased to announce plans for their Grand Opening weekend, August 19-21.

Plan to join us Friday, Saturday, and Sunday as we kick off a great first year in business!!

Friday, August 19th – hours 10:30 – 7:00pm – wine release party as we add our 2015 Pinot Gris ($4 glass, $21.95 bottle) and our 2014 Petit Verdot ($6 glass, $27.95 bottle) to our already stellar line up of fine Virginia wine. Tastings of these two wines will be paired with fine cheese from Flora Artisanal Cheese. Nadjeeb Chouaf, Flora’s proprietor and award winning cheese monger, will present the pairings with each tasting.

Saturday, August 20th – hours 10:30 – 7:00pm Music and food trucks!  Wine specials and food trucks on hand all day. Red and the Romantics take the stage on our patio from 3:00 – 6:00pm So dance unwind and relax and enjoy the music.

Sunday, August 21st – hours 10:30 – 5:00pm – Wine down the weekend with fresh shucked oysters, food truck(s) and wine specials all day!