Castle Hill Cider - Keswick, Virginia     


  Vol XI, Issue No. 8


August 2, 2016 


The Dog Days of Summer are upon us.  If you're looking for ways to beat the heat, you'll find Virginia wineries among the "coolest" places to visit, where you can sip wine in air conditioned tastings rooms or shaded picnic areas.
Chateau Morrisette's Beach Music Festival on August 13 is as close to the beach as you can get without actually going there.  It's one of the summer festivals and many special activities across Virginia that you will find listed in our Events section.
This month we are featuring the beautiful Castle Hill Cider in Keswick as the "Winery" of the Month.  If you haven't yet visited, Castle Hill should top your "wineries to visit bucket list" for August.  The cidery is a refreshing alternative along Virginia's wine trail.
We'd love to hear about your August wine travels.

Frank C. Britt

Official Virginia Wine Lover  


Festival of the Week


Vino News


August Events

A Refreshing Alternative Along Virginia's Wine TrailDoukenie
Keswick, Virginia

Castle Hill earned a place in the history books on June 3, 1781, when Jack Jouett set off on his perilous 40-mile ride to Charlottesville to warn Thomas Jefferson of an impending British raid. As the story goes, it was at Castle Hill that owners Dr. Thomas and Mrs. Walker succeeded in delaying British forces, providing time enough for Jouett to fulfill his mission and save the day.

Today, Castle Hill continues to make history as a world class event center and producer of artisan hard ciders. Located a short distance east of Charlottesville along the wine trail of Central Virginia, Castle Hill's cidery and event center is spectacularly set among 600 acres of meadows, ponds and orchards with mountain vistas.

With its colorful legacy, natural beauty, and the distinctive cider that proudly bears its name, Castle Hill is a destination not to be missed. Visit the tasting room any day of the week for a refreshing alternative along Virginia's wine trail.


with Grilled Corn, Grilled Bread and Tomato SaladRecipe
Recipe courtesy of Castle Hill Cider 




Wonderful summer recipe with sweet chimichurri sauce,

perfect for entertaining.

Suggest pairing with Castle Hill Serendipity!


 Click Here For Recipe




AUGUST 13, 2016
Chateau Morrisette - Floyd, VA

Shag and sway to Carolina Beach Music favorites The Embers with Craig Woolard, and on their 35th anniversary tour, the Fantastic Shakers! Enjoy good time beach music all afternoon while sipping your favorite Chateau Morrisette wines.
The 13-week course beginning August 6 at King Family Vineyards will prepare you for an entry-level position as a winery cellar worker.  All classes are taught by industry professionals at local wineries or vineyards, and most classes are held on Saturdays.  Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive a Cellar Worker Certificate from the Virginia Wineries Association.

Piedmont Virginia Community College Workforce Services offers a broad range of viticulture and enology classes with well-known instructors.  For a complete listing of courses, descriptions, faculty and schedules, visit

Spectacular landscapes, picturesque vineyards and fascinating people make up Virginia's wine industry.  If you'd like to join in and own your own winery, Mt. Vale Vineyards is a great opportunity.  It's a beautiful location with a successful business ready for a new owner.  Popular wines, tasting room, event and wedding venue and production facilities--all in one "grape" destination!  Click here for details.

Congratulations to Jean Ross of Vienna, winner of our June Sweepstakes.  Jean will spend a 3-night weekend getaway at Elmo's Rest at Peaks of Otter Winery in Bedford, an historic vacation renal offering complete privacy in an inviting farm environment.

August 4:  Sunset Music Series

Castle Hill Cider (Keswick)

Enjoy the sunset as you sip award winning ciders, enjoy great food from various local food trucks and listen to the music of Wave Miller, Lisa Carter and Jack Roy.
August 5: Paint Night at Blue Ridge
Blue Ridge Vineyard (Eagle Rock)
A fun evening.  Fee includes painting, wine tastings, snacks and desserts by Pomegranate restaurant.
August 5: Robert Jospé Express
Glass House Winery (Free Union)
Live at the winery along with Farm Fresh Fixins food truck.  Enjoy wines and chocolates.  Picnics are welcome.
August 6: Blackberry Harvest & Music Festival
Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery (Nellysford)
Pick your own blackberries along with a glass of wine.  Live music, food available and vendors with variety of wares. 

August 6: Dog Days of August
Three Fox Vineyards (Delaplane)
Bring your dog companion, sip on your favorite wine and enjoy wood fired pizza.  Prizes for Best Dressed, Owner/Dog Look-alike and Best Vino Dog.  A fun afternoon.
August 6: 2nd Corps Release Party
DuCard Vineyards (Etlan)
Commemorating the Civil War sesquicentennial.  See re-enactors from Stonewall Jackson's 2nd Corp.  Pack a picnic and join in the fun.

August 6: Crab & Wine Feast
Lost Creek Winery (Leesburg)
Fourth annual All-You-Can-Eat event with great food, wine and music for an evening.  Limited seating; 21 and older.  Reservations required.
August 6: Cigar & Wine Pairing
Grey Horse Vineyards (Midland)
Enjoy an evening of wine and cigar pairings on the screened deck.  Tickets include glass of wine, cigar of your choice and appetizers, and live music.
August 6: Triple Threat Challenge
Little Washington Winery (Washington, VA)
Taste all of the favorites, cheeses and chocolates and wines, altogether to see what they do to your palate.  Learn how to appreciate flavors and how to pair them well.
August 6: Music under the Arbor
Wisteria Farm and Vineyard (Stanley)
Acoustic duo, Time, blends soaring harmonies and powerful vocals.  Enjoy the music of the 50s, 60s,70s and beyond as you sip the wine.
August 6: Sunset Saturday
Afton Mountain Vineyards (Afton)
Enjoy an evening of music by Tony and Jeff, with menu available from Two Brothers food truck.  Winery is open late until 8:00.
August 6: Summer Concert Series
Wine Trail of Botetourt County
August concert at Blue Ridge Vineyard in Eagle Rock with breathtaking views of the Alleghany and Blue Ridge Mountains and featuring the music of Against the Grain.

August 7: Library Tasting
Gray Ghost Vineyards (Amissville)
Three or four library and current release wines featured with limited number available for sales.  Reservations recommended.
August 7: Mom Vertical Tasting
Narmada Winery (Amissville)
Taste Narmada signature wine Mom through four vintages, 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2014 preview.  Also taste four vintages of their Cabernet Franc.
August 7: Saber Sunday
Trump Winery (Charlottesville)
Winemaker Jonathan Wheeler will be on hand to teach you how to saber your favorite sparkling wine, 1:00 to 3:00 pm.
August 8-13:  Old Fiddlers Convention

Felts Park (Galax)

Now in its 81st year, this is the world's oldest and largest fiddlers convention.  It attracts lovers of country and mountain music to Galax the second weekend in August each year. 
August 11-14:  Richmond Jazz Festival
Maymont (Richmond)
Experience the world's best jazz, great food, outstanding wine, outdoor cigar lounge and the beautiful rolling hills of Maymont.


About Events: As our information comes from many sources, we recommend you verify dates and times, as well as costs and reservations that may be required. (We are not responsible for incorrect or inaccurate information.)
If you would like to submit an event, send details (what, where and when, as well as contact information) to no later than the 10th of the month prior to the event.


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