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Joie de Vivre - Picking Peaches and Sipping Wine

As the summer days pass by and some of these days best spent outdoors with sunny blue skies, bright sun and green grass, it's time to plan our next trip to the beautiful countryside of Virginia to visit a local farm and some wineries.
Peaches on a tree
Peaches on a tree
We will take a short trip to Delaplane, Virginia on a wishfully bright Saturday morning, where we will stop by a local farm, just in time of the year, where the peaches, berries and summer vegetables are waiting to be picked and wine to be sipped while overlooking the vineyards, valleys, and miles of beautiful mountain range.

Picking Peaches, Berries and Summer Vegetables

We have selected the Hollin Farms in Delaplane for the fruit and vegetable pickings, which is less than an hours drive from Washington DC.

Hollin Farms was started by the late Robert C. Davenport in the early 1950s. The farm gets its name after Hollin Hills, an award-winning community of modern houses that he developed in Fairfax county in the 1950s and 60s.

Hollin Farms, Virginia
Hollin Farms, Virginia
During the month of August, berries, peaches, Japanese plums, Asian pears, cucumbers, tomatoes, sweet corn, peppers, beans, okra, eggplant, squash and other summer vegetables are available for picking.

Fruit picking conditions are very difficult to predict, so if any of the fruits or vegetables are not available for picking on a particular day, we can buy them from the farm along with other farm products.

Sipping Wine and Enjoying a Scenic View

After we have completed our fruit pickings, we will visit two nearby wineries with some of the best views of the countryside and the nearby mountains.

Winery picnic on a summer afternoon
Winery picnic on a summer afternoon
Arterra Wines

Arterra winery is around a mile from the Hollin Farms and will be our first stop of the afternoon. At the winery, the owners combine their passions for creating art and making wine under one roof, which is reflected in its name—Art & Terra (land) is the Art of the Land.

Some of the wines available in the tasting room include Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Tannat, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc.

Notes:
  • You can bring your own food.
  • Pets are prohibited.

Slater Run Vineyards

Our next stop of the afternoon is a small vineyard and winery located in Upperville, Virginia that produced its first vintages in 2014. Slater Run Vineyards has 12 acres of close spaced vines that produce a Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Rosé, and Cabernet Franc, as well as two Bordeaux blends.

The winery has a menu which includes cheeses charcuterie and baguettes.

Notes:
  • You can bring a picnic to enjoy outside of the tasting room and patio.


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Event Details

Event:

Description: A summer afternoon visiting a farm and some wineries in the Virginia countryside.

Date/Time: Saturday August 4, 2018 11:00 AM to 4:00PM

Admission: Free / Grapes & Grains members must RSVP

Tentative Schedule

11:00 am - 12:00 pm - Hollin Farms
1524 Snowden Road Delaplane, VA 20144

Google Map for Hollin Farms

12:15 pm - 2:30 pm - Arterra Wines
1808 Leeds Manor Rd, Delaplane, VA 20144

Google Map for Arterra Wines

3:00 pm - 4:00 pm - Slater Run Vineyards
9030 John S Mosby Hwy, Upperville, VA 20184

Google Map for Slater Run Vineyards


Due to the small size of the wineries we have selected, this event is limited to a small group.

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