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A Trip off the Beaten Path - Wine, Mead and the Countryside

Our next event is for those that like to get off the beaten path and try something different.

We will be visiting an interesting meadery and a winery which will have live music.

Virginia countryside
Virginia countryside
Our day will start with a tasting at the Maidstone meadery which produces a high-quality, all natural, honey wine or mead, from their farm raised bees.

Owner Gardiner Mulford at Maidstone meadery is an interesting person. Having worked as a Second Lieutenant, he took the Early Out Bonus and opened gym in Aguadillia, Puerto Rico, before returning back to Virginia and starting the farm.

Maidstone meadery
Maidstone meadery
We will taste the mead at the farm and talk to the owner.

We will then head over to the Blue Valley vineyard, which is a short distance from the Maidstone meadery. The vineyard run by the Zissios family, has its heritage in the picturesque mountains of Greece, one of the oldest wine making reasons of the world.

Blue Valley vineyard
Blue Valley vineyard
At Blue Valley, the wine varietals include Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Chambourcin, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, and Muscat which they claim are best suited to the climate and soil of their vineyard.

They have live music on Saturday afternoon which we will enjoy with wine and a picnic. You can bring your own picnic to the winery or choose from their selection of local cheeses, salami, olive oil dip, olives, fresh baked baguettes and more.

Event Details


Description: Exploring Maidstone meadery and Blue Valley vineyard in Virginia.

Date/Time: Saturday, March 18, 2017 11:30AM to 4:00 PM

Admission: Free / Grapes & Grains members must RSVP

Tentative Schedule

11:30 - 12:30 pm - Maidstone meadery
9364 Justice Lane Delaplane, VA 20144

12:40 - 3:00 pm - Blue Valley Vineyard
9402 Justice Lane, Delaplane, VA 20144

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