Louisa County is situated right in the heart of Virginia wine country, and several successful local wineries are earning names for themselves. With four area wineries, Louisa County is becoming a must-stop on any regional wine experience tour.
Named for the original farm where it’s located, Weston Farm Vineyard and Winery is Louisa County’s newest winery. And it’s a family affair.
Peggy and Bobby Martin decided to venture into the wine business after retiring from their previous jobs. In 2005, the couple jumped into the grape business by planting 4,600 vines on the property, located off Harris Creek Road, just outside of the Town of Louisa. They followed up with 550 more vines in 2006 and 800 more in 2010.
As they developed their business in a five-year span, Bobby built the tasting room, a picnic shelter and the winery building. He also completed renovations on the couple’s 218-year-old home, which is located on the same property.
The couple designed their own labels for the five varieties of wine offered at Weston Farm–chardonnay, rose, rosso, cabernet franc and norton. The labels feature drawings of the couple’s French bulldogs Charlie and Suzie.
The winery is off to a fast start, earning several awards in its first years and becoming a regular site for events, with many that benefit local charities, including the Louisa Humane Society and St. Rocco’s Hounds.
For more information, visit westonfarmvineyardandwinery.webs.com/
With its LEED Gold-certified tasting room completed, Cooper Vineyards is stepping out as the leader in green wine tasting.
Situated on Shannon Hill Road, Cooper Vineyards was opened in 1999 by retired physicians Geoff Cooper and Jacque Hogge.
Showcasing its chocolate wine, Noche, in addition to numerous other award-winning wines by Cooper Vineyards, the Louisa winery prides itself on using only Virginia-grown grapes.
Throughout the year, the winery also hosts several public events, including Jazz and Chocolate, a Mini Cooper rally and an annual adoption event known as Lucy’s Weekend.
For more information on Cooper Vineyards visit www.coopervineyards.com.
Currently run by Jeff and Eric Heidig, sons of Bill and Ann, founders of the vineyard, Lake Anna Winery boasts a production of more than 6,000 cases per year.
The site is also a picturesque event location, available for weddings, receptions, corporate events and private gatherings. Lake Anna Winery also hosts a number of community events, many of which benefit charitable causes. The Virginia Renaissance Faire also uses the winery as its home for six weeks in the late spring/early summer.
Located in Spotsylvania County on Courthouse Road, not far from Lake Anna State Park, Lake Anna Winery has received numerous awards over the years for its unique blends, including the Bell Haven Cabernet Franc.
Wine enthusiasts can taste a variety of the vineyard’s selection at any time with an order-by-the-bottle option on the company’s website, www.lawinery.com.
One of the oldest independent commercial vineyards in Virginia is the Grayhaven Winery located in Gum Spring. The vineyard was founded as a retirement venture in 1978 by Lyn and Chuck Peple with the help of their daughters Jane and Max.
Three generations later, the family has expanded into a winery, launched in 1995. Guests can enjoy hand-crafted wine and local scenery at the family owned and operated business.
Grayhaven also offers visitors a playground and wide open space as well as pet-friendly amenities.
For more information, visit www.grayhavenwinery.com.