Lazy Days Winery, located just north of The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Amherst, VA offers great wines and a spectacular view of the Virginia countryside.
The first grapes were planted on 12 of the 100 acres by John Fitzhugh and his father, Bill in 2007. Starting with petit manseng, petit verdot and merlot these grapes were quickly followed by traminac, tannat and a variety of trial vines, including malbec.
The winery and tasting room are located in a restored cattle-auction barn, previously known as the Amherst Livestock Pavilion. The comfortable tasting rooms adjoins the pavilion event area to offer a great space for spending the afternoon, attending a festival or theater production or celebrating a wedding.
Wines produced by Lazy Days include their award winning Petit Verdot, Chardonnay Reserve, Capuchin White, Sweet Lazy Days White Wine and Bill’s Blackberry Wine. Other wines offered include a Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec and their new Sweet Peaches (made with peaches grown in Nelson County).
Lazy Days Winery hosts their Summer Solstice Festival each June to celebrate the beginning of summer. Featuring other wineries, musicians, food vendors and local artists from the Lynchburg and Amherst area the festival allows guests to experience the winery before it gets too hot. Throughout the year they participate in other festivals and tasting events throughout the state. A member of the Jefferson Heritage Wine Trail they support the history and heritage of Central Virginia between Lynchburg and Charlottesville.
Located at 1315 N. Amherst Hwy (RT.29) in Amherst, VA they can be reached at 434.381.6088. Winery hours are Wednesday through Sunday, 11 am until 5 pm.
Stay with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed & Breakfast and we can plan your tour of this winery along with several others that are nearby and may participate with us in the Jefferson Heritage Trail. A chauffeured wine tour package can be found on our web site. Everyone always enjoys it!
Just north of Lynchburg, VA, in Amherst County, is Rebec Vineyards. A 70 acre estate covering rolling hills, with beautiful views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, growing European varieties of grapes the plantings were started in 1980.
By 1987 the wine produced began selling under the Rebec label. What is a rebec? A medieval stringed instrument, a forerunner of the modern violin. The rebec represents the owners commitment to old-world craftsmanship in winemaking.
The winery and tasting room is built from rich weathered chestnut siding and exposed beams from a 200-year old barn, which was once part of the historic farm.
Visitors can enjoy 16-18 wines, depending on the season. Rebec says it has a “wine for everyone”. Wines range from the usual Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio, Gewurztraminer, Riesling to Pinot Noir, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon. In addition you might try their Sweet Briar Rose, a semi-sweet blush, Autumn Glow, which combines Riesling and reds or their niche herb-infused wine called Sweet Sofia. All will tempt your palate to take some home with you.
Rebec wines can be purchased at the winery, while attending festivals and at local restaurants and retail stores. Rebec has a wine club which allows you to automatically receive wine four times each year. The club offers selections under the following categories: Rebec select, Rebec White, Rebec Red and Rebec Sweet. The tasting room is open everyday between 10:00-5:00. Call 434.907.1859 to confirm hours or to get particulars about their wine club.
Rebec Vineyards is perhaps best known as the host of the Virginia Wine & Garlic Festival. Held the second full weekend each October, this year October 10 & 11, the festival is always much fun. 9 wineries, 5 garlic growers, 35 artists and crafters, 21 specialty food vendors, live music and lots of crazy people will be found at the festival this year.
Stay with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, at least 2 nights, during the festival, and your one-day tasting tickets will be complimentary. Prices start at $239 per night. Call 434.846.1388 to book your stay and festival. Booking must be made at least 48 hours in advance. Tickets are non-refundable.
Rebec Vineyards is located just off RT 29 about 30 minutes from The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast. Guests traveling towards Richmond, Charlottesville, DC and points beyond will pass them on their way to Lynchburg! Stop in and pick up a bottle of wine to enjoy on our front porch or patio.
Remember to drink and drive responsibly. Hope to see you soon!
Lazy Days Vineyard and Winery, located just north of Lynchburg, VA in Amherst County, is conducting it’s “Learning in the Vineyard” tour on Saturday, September 6, 2014. Starting at 10:00 AM the educational tour will be led by Marianne Fitzhugh, Lazy Days vineyard manager. Walk the vineyard where you will learn the process of growing grapes. The wine making process will be described and then you’ll be able to taste Lazy Days delicious wines. Known for their Petit Verdot, Viognier and Merlot wines you will be tempted to purchase a bottle or case of your favorites.
The Lazy Days Vineyard and Winery is situated on a unique tract of land that overlooks the mountains to the west and takes advantage of the old Amherst Livestock Pavilion that has been converted into a rustic but comfortable tasting room and event venue. In fact, Sangria Saturday, featuring Jason Frye, follows at 1:00 until 5:00 PM.
Details concerning the vineyard tour are as follows:
- starting time 10:00 AM until 1:00 PM
- features include the educational tour, box lunch, private wine tasting and souvenir glass
- advance reservation are required
- cost is $30.00 per adult, over 21 years of age
Lazy Days Vineyard and Winery is located at 1351 N. Amherst Highway, approximately 3.5 miles north of the town of Amherst. For more information call 434.381.6088.
Come stay with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast, for two nights (including September 6th) and one of your “Learning in the Vineyard” tickets is complimentary. Call us at 434.846.1388, mention this special package and we’ll see you in early September.
Lovingston Winery is celebrating the beginning of spring (even though the weather is not co-operating!) and their new releases with their opening of the tasting room. Saturday, April 6th starting at 11 am until 5:00 pm the tasting room will be open for the season. Visit to taste their newly bottled Seyal-Blanc ’12, their Petit Manseng ’12 and their award-winning Estate Reserve 2009. Tastings are free and if you stay with us at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast you can make arrangements for a picnic lunch.
Lovingston Winery is located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, about 30 minutes from Lynchburg. Over 8 acres of densely planted (1200 vines per acre) vines produce delicious Merlot, Pinotage, Rose and the wines that are recent award winners. The winery is built into the hillside and employs a gravity-flow production method that can be viewed from the tasting room.
Always a delicious and fun visit we have enjoyed Lovingston wines on many occasions.
For directions and more information visit their web site at www.lovingstonwinery.com And call us at 434.846.1388 to make your reservation at The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast for a weekend or weekday visit and wine tasting.
Once again things will be hopping in downtown Lynchburg. This Friday, November 16th the Downtown Diva Crawl returns with divas of all ages on the town!
Beginning at 5:00 pm (and lasting until 8:00 pm) your inner diva can meet other divas at the Lynchburg Community Market where you will receive your tote bag filled with goodies and a discount card with special diva offers. Then travel up and down main street where you will visit our local downtown businesses and restaurants to get a headstart on your holiday shopping, enjoy delicious special menu items, and discover all that downtown has to offer.
If your taste runs more toward wine, then Saturday, November 17th between 11:00-5:00 you will want to spend time at Thomas Jefferson’s personal retreat, Poplar Forest.
Once again the Poplar Forest Wine Festival will welcome 14 Virginia wineries, food from local purveyors, shopping experiences with local crafters and artisans, live music throughout the day and “Mr. Jefferson” discussing his love of wine. All events will take place rain or shine in heated tents. House tours will be available at a reduced rate. Tickets cost $25 at the gate and include a wine tasting glass. A good day should be had by all attendees.
The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast still has a room or two available this weekend if you would like to include an overnight in a 1878 mansion in downtown Lynchburg to your weekend. Call us at 434.846.1388 to make your reservation.
On Saturday, July 21st, Sans Soucy Vineyards in nearby Brookneal, Virginia hosted it’s Annual White Dinner. Located on a former tobacco farm the vineyard area was chosen for its gentle hillside slope. The first farm winery in Campbell County, their first 5 acres were planted in 2001. The winery and tasting room are located in a century old restored barn and school house, a unique setting for delicious wines.
Taking place on the vineyard grounds, under the stars, Chef Paul Anctil and his wife Cameron delighted guests with a unique and delicious dinner menu featuring white foods and white wines in a white setting. Guests wore white. The vineyard was decorated in white. The breeze was brisk and the sky cloudy but never rainy.
The evening began with a delicious Sangria while guests mingled, explored the vineyard and began to relax. Featuring farm to table eats and wine pairings the menu included the following dishes: Grilled Watermelon with Ahi Ceviche, accompanied by 2008 Viognier Reserve, Grilled & Roasted Goose-Stuffed Pepper with a Pasilla Sauce, accompanied by 2008 Traminette Reserve, the main course was Pulled Pork, Cuban -style Black Beans & Rice accompanied by Traminette Reserve, Grilled Pain Perdu topped with Mango Jicama Salsa accompanied by 2010 Tempranillo Reserve and Sweet Potato Pudding topped with Chocolate Espresso Bean Ganache garnished with a Churro and Coconut Praline accompanied by 2010 Legacy. (Of course all of the wines were from Sans Soucy Vineyards!)
Live music was provided throughout the evening.
This annual event is by invitation and sells out each year. If you’re interested in next year’s White Dinner contact Sans Soucy Vineyards at www.sanssoucyvineyards.com. You’ll be glad you did!
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