Frederick County's one and only winery is growing and making the most of Friday nights this fall.
It's called Valerie Hill Winery just outside of Stephens City. The corks are popping at the winery this fall.
One of the owners, Phil Newcome, explained, "You can't beat fall in the Shenandoah Valley. A nice fire and glass of Valerie Hill wine, you cannot beat it."
He says the place has deep roots in local history.
"The history of the house, it was built in 1807 by Revolutionary War Captain Peter Rust. The chimney behind me was a tavern in Frederick County back in the 1700s."
The house was just opened for business this summer.
Though, like the winery, their grape vines are just getting started, that doesn't mean that there aren't plenty of flavorful wines to be tasted in the historic home.
"Well, we have our reds. We have our stone chimney red, which is a blend of cabernet sauvignon and cab franc, and we're going to have to a rosé kind of on the dry side. We'll increase from six to eight," continued Newcome.
That's six to eight different wines. Making those wines has been challenging but rewarding for the family and business partners working together on the project.
Joyce Newcome, who also owns a stake in the business, shared, "When they come in, it's nice to meet all the new faces that we've never met before. We have people from all over the country that come in for tastings."
Joyce and Phil say they're enjoying the seasonal transition to fall, and rain or shine, this historic house can be a great place to relax seven days a week.
The winery is open Fridays from 11 to 8.
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