Barrel Oak Winery (or BOW) has been in operation since 2008. Owners Brian and Sharon wanted to create a retreat from the hectic world, wean people off their “crackberriesâ€, and offer a respite from urban life. Today, their vineyard does just that. With picturesque views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and rolling acres of grape vines and farmland, BOW is a bucolic countryside escape.
Beyond the sense of community Brian and Sharon have created, they also produce epic quantities of wine. Each year BOW makes more than 24,000 gallons of wine on the 26-acre property. Tastings of the various “vinosâ€ start at $7, and if your party is larger than 8, make a reservation in advance.
Currently, there are 12 varietals on the BOW property. They include: Traminette, Vidal Blanc, Seyval Blanc, Chambourcin, Petit Manseng, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Chardonnay and Viognier. There are several more vines that have been recently planted and should bear fruit for new wines in the coming year.
Visitors are encouraged to bring their dogs along for a day of wine tasting and picnicking, though pets must kept on a leash.
Barrel Oak Winery has been named “Virginiaâ€™s Favorite Wineryâ€ in the Washington Post Express, Northern Virginia Magazine, and Virginia Living Magazine for the past two years. Additionally, the vineyard has racked up many more accolades since opening, including “Most Family Friendly Winery in the Worldâ€ by The Wine Enthusiast in 2012.
About the Winemaker
Sharon Roeder is the heart and soul of BOW. A former Georgetown student and Fulbright scholar, she gave up the city life to fulfill her dream of growing grapes and producing delicious wine. In the past several years, her wines have garnered international awards and national recognition. One of her crowning achievements is winning “Best in Showâ€ for the 2008 production of her Reserve Petit Verdot at the State fair of Virginia.
Her right hand man is her husband, Brian, who works with local organizations to promote sustainable agri-business and preserve the natural beauty of the region.
3623 Grove Lane
Delaplane, VA 20144
OPEN YEAR ROUND
Sunday — Thursday: 11:00 am — 6:00 pm
Friday/Saturday: 11:00 am — 9:00 pm
Tasting fee — $7
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*For the latest information on hours and cost, please visit the Barrel Oak Winery website at http://www.barreloak.com/.