A: Absolutely not! A major goal of Vint Hill Craft Winery is to promote winemaking education through a hands-on, truly memorable and enjoyable experience.
Our winemaking team will work alongside customers to educate, coach and advise during every step of the process from initial fruit selection, sorting, de-stemming, pressing, fermenting, barrel choice, tasting, label design and bottling.
Q: How much 'work' do I need to do?
A: It is entirely up to you. It could be as simple as telling us some basic information about what you want, then picking up your wine when it’s ready or you could participate in every phase of the wine’s design through crafting and bottling.
Q: Can I make any style or type of wine?
A: The short answer is yes. Through our Craft Winery concept, if you want to ‘Craft’ a California Cabernet Sauvignon we will get California fruit; if you want to make a great Virginia Merlot we will use the highest quality Virginia fruit.
You are welcome to bring in your favorite wine and show us what you are looking for – we will design your wine with you and then do our best to help you achieve that result. Of course, differences in vintage years, fruit quality, processing and blending cannot be avoided.
Q: When do you start and how long does it take?
A: Winemaking starts at harvest time (September and October) but the process of design and style selection starts when you sign-up; June, July and August at the latest. When we bottle depends, of course, on your wine.Most wines will be bottled between April and August.
Q: Do I get to design my own label?
A: Yes! Be creative! We produce one label design per barrel as part of your Vintner program. During winter while your wine is resting, we’ll work with you to design a label. You supply the art, verbiage – as much as you want or can and we take it from there. We’ll tweak it a little to make sure it will be approved by the government. Once approved, we’ll print your labels on site. If you desire multiple labels, extra charges will apply.
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In 1860 an Englishman named Albert Low constructed his new family home, now the Inn at Vint Hill. Next year, the Civil War erupted at nearby Bull Run. Fearing his new home might be destroyed in the fighting, Mr. Low raised his Union Jack flag over the farm, declaring that Vint Hill was the sovereign property of Great Britain! Battles raged on all sides Vint Hill, but neither army fired a shot on the farm's 800 acres.
In 1940, the farmer (and Ham Radio hobbyist), who lived at Vint Hill farm, stretched a wire to the top of the barn silo seeking better radio reception. He told his army friend that he could listen to broadcasts from as far away as Berlin. Two weeks later, the government bought the farm and for the next 55 years Vint Hill farm served as a secret spying base for the U.S. Army.