This past weekend I had the pleasure of visiting with Brian and Sharon Roeder, owners of the soon –to- be open Barrel Oak Winery. Barrel Oak Winery, the latest edition to the popular Fauquier County Wine Trail, is located in the quaint village of Delaplane, a charming little town known for its historic landmarks, equestrian heritage, picturesque landscapes, and, of course, Virginia wine.
The winery is nestled on a hill surrounded by beautifully tended acres, graced with rolling hills, duck ponds, a neighboring horse farm, historic structures, and sweeping vista and vineyard views from the tasting room and expansive stone floored patio – a truly undisturbed and calming symphony of nature. Barrel Oak Winery offers the ideal location to engage in conversation and laughter with friends while relaxing in a peaceful and enchanting setting and sipping on your favorite Barrel Oak wine. And yes, there will be a nice selection to choose from, including a Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Norton, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, a Chocolate Lab Infused Dessert Red, Late Harvest Viognier, Seyval Blanc, and last but not least, Viognier. There is something for every palate preference, no doubt.
The winery is nestled atop a hill (middle picture)
The large hand-built wine production facility and tasting room is currently under construction. The facility is being constructed using the latest innovations in green building practices. This practice provides environmental, economic, and social benefits, among other things. The Roeder’s expect to host their Grand Opening Celebration on Memorial Day Weekend, so mark your calendar, friends! From what Brian and Sharon showed us, the tasting room will be comfortable and spacious, boasting tall ceilings, a stone built fireplace, and wall to wall windows, allowing stunning views of the countryside and an abundance of natural lighting. The multi-level facility will also offer guided and self-guided wine tours to see how wine is made from beginning to end at Barrel Oak Winery. Other niceties will include light gourmet fare to pair with your favorite wine, a library room and gift shop, wireless internet, state of the art tank and barrel rooms, a custom covered crush pad, gravity flow processing system, and a lot more.
Brian shows us the area where wine will be made (middle picture)
Barrel Oak recently planted estate-grown varieties including Traminette, Seyval Blanc, Chambourcin, Vidal Blanc, and Petit Manseng. The latter, one of my personal favorites out of the Jurançon AOC of South West France, is bound to emerge here in Virginia. For their other wines, the winery sources in fruit from several top vineyards in the surrounding area. Heading the wine-making duties are Rick Tagg, a name familiar from Pearmund Cellar’s successful line-up of wines, and owner Sharon Roeder.
So, what more can I tell you, friends? You are going to have to bookmark their web page and pay close attention to this winery's development. The grand opening is something that you will definitely want to be a part of, and from talking with Brian and Sharon, they would love to have you there. The winery is located less than an hour from the DC Metro area, but it feels like worlds away. If you enjoy Virginia wine and beautiful views this is the place for you because both are difficult to escape at Barrel Oak Winery. When you visit be sure to tell them you read about them here on Dezel’s Virginia Vine Spot.
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