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Wineries included in these Virginia Wine Tours: Fabbioli Cellars, The Barns at Hamilton Station, 8 Chains North, Casanel Vineyards, Hunters Run Wine Barn, Narmada Winery, Paradise Springs, The Winery at Bull Run & Barrel Oak
The fastest growing region of Virginia when it comes to just about everything is Northern Virginia. The wine is no different. These Virginia wine tours boast all of the standouts featuring many in Loudoun County. Read about a few of the top wineries and select a tour below that fits your schedule. The easiest way to enjoy DC’s Wine Country? DiVine Wine Tours, of course!
Fabbioli Cellars is a small, family owned and operated vineyard and winery. They focus primarily on growing and making high quality red wines using traditional methods and 21st century knowledge. Through hard work, good decisions and great relationships with customers, family and friends, they have been able to succeed at this dream.
Fabbioli is a business and a concept that has been in the works for almost 30 years. When Doug & Colleen Fabbioli moved to California in 1987, they had in the back of their minds the idea that they could find a piece of land and grow some grapes. It sure sounded easy back then! Kids, life, careers, land prices, cash flow and family steered them back East in 1997. They knew that the idea would not work for them in CA, but the time was well spent in gaining the knowledge, skills and confidence to make it happen in Virginia.
The planting began in 2001, along with building the house. The main planting was Merlot with a little Petit Verdot for blending. From planting to pruning, crushing to bottling, and delivering to pouring, the Fabbioli team is the key to the success of their rapidly growing business. Bound by a common passion for fine wines, earth-friendly farming, and lasting friendships, they revel in the challenges that each day brings. Confident that all of their efforts will not only bring them closer together, but will positively impact the experiences of their customers and their community while showcasing the best in Loudoun’s rural economy.
Nelson DeSouza was born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1942. He was the eldest of 12 children of Moyses and Dorcelina DeSouza. Nelson rose above his humble origins and found a way to come to America. Casey, his wife, also grew up in a military family as her father served in the United States Air Force. Although born at Ft Belvoir, Virginia, her family was relocated to many different places, including a long stay in Germany. Her love for Virginia kept her here where she worked hard and earned great respect for her abilities in accounting and organization with a defense contractor.
Nelson, being born a Brazilian had the gift of Portuguese roots. He befriended many Portuguese in the United States and was lucky to travel to Portugal where he encountered the romantic world of grapes. He became acquainted with the love affair the Portuguese had with their vineyards and often joked that his friends loved their vines more than their wives. After retirement from their construction business, they took part in some real estate ventures; but Nelson was restless and ready for his next adventure! On a stormy day in September 2006, Nelson surprised Casey with the farm off Canby Road. Nestled amongst the trees on Catoctin Mountain, they found a dreamland and fell in love with the stone barn built in the 1800s, immediately envisioning the tasting room. There is also a log cabin dating from the early 1800s, a lake, a running creek, and the serenity of a place untouched for some time.
The name of the signature wine has a special meaning. The word Chegada means “arrival” in Portuguese. Nelson believes it’s the perfect word. It represents his “arrival” to America, his past successes, and a dream of owning a vineyard. Casey, who came up with the idea, especially likes it because the word “arrival” can mean many things for different people. The DeSouza family would like others to celebrate their “arrivals” whether it is graduation, birthday, marriage, the arrival of a new baby, or the celebration of your own dream come true!
8 Chains North Winery
8 Chains North is a small family-owned and -operated farm winery located in the town of Waterford in picturesque Loudoun County, Virginia. They began in 2006 when their original vineyard, Furnace Mountain, planted by father and son on the bluffs of the Potomac River. They believe that the best wines begin in the vineyard.
First, a chain is a unit of measurement — 66 feet to be exact. In 1620, English clergyman Edmund Gunter developed an accurate, low-tech method of surveying land using a chain that consisted of 100 links. In the U.S. during the 19th century, it was commonplace for surveyors to use the chain to lay out townships and map the country along train routes. And in 1785, the U.S. government passed a federal law that required all official government surveys be conducted using a Gunter’s chain.
The second part of this riddle has to do with the location of their original vineyard, Furnace Mountain, which is planted at the owner’s sister and brother-in-law’s farm of several hundred acres along the Potomac River north of Leesburg. During the Civil War, Confederate engineers dug down the banks of the river to make a crossing for the wagons and artillery of the Army of Northern Virginia. The site of this riverbank cut is on the farm and is 1.8 chains (118.8 ft.) upriver of White’s Ford where army crossed the Potomac into Maryland.
So why “8 chains north” instead of “1.8 chains north,” you ask? Frankly, the former just sounds better.
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# Option Price Stock 1 Sat, April 12th, 2014 (North Gate, Doukenie, The Barns) $80.00 0 2 Sun, April 20th, 2014 (Paradise Springs, Winery at Bull Run & Barrel Oak) $80.00 8 3 Sat., April 26th, 2014(Hunters Run, Doukenie, 8 Chains) $80.00 7 4 Sun, April 27th, 2014 (Paradise Springs, Winery at Bull Run & Barrel Oak) $80.00 10 5 Sat., May 10th, 2014 (Zephaniah, Casanel, The Barns) $80.00 5