Lazy Days Winery, located at 1351 Amherst Highway, Amherst, VA, is celebrating the kick off of summer with their 10th annual Summer Solstice Festival. Taking place on Saturday, June 23, 2018 between 11 until 6 it’s an easy way to relax, enjoy and celebrate summer in Central Virginia. Lazy Days Winery is located in what was once the Central Virginia Stockyard.
This popular event is suited to the whole family. At least 8 wineries will be offering tastings and sales, festival food will be available throughout the day (including Virginia peanuts, jerky plus local growers offering fruits and veggies), 30 artisans and crafts vendors will be selling their wares, live music will be presented throughout the day on 2 stages (in the dell and in the pavilion), 2 performances by a Belly Dancing troupe and for the little ones a petting zoo.
Tickets are available as general admission, $10 and as wine tasting tickets, $20 in advance and $25 at the gate. Each wine tasting ticket comes with a Lazy Days Winery glass. Children are free.
For more information call 434.381.6088 or visit http://www.summersolsticefestival.com.
All day music at the Lynchburg Music Festival!
Saturday, May 13, 2017 between 1PM until 9PM the sound of music will be floating throughout Lynchburg, VA. Do you like country or classic? 80’s hits or today’s top 40’s? R & B or funk? There will be something for everyone, you’ll be on your feet dancing!
Held at Lynchburg City Stadium, 3176 Fort Avenue, there will be plenty of parking. In addition to the day-long music the venue will be filled with talented artisans and crafters, local businesses, food trucks and local restaurants providing delicious food, and of course area wineries and local craft brewers.
The line-up of musical acts is as follows:
- 1:30-3:00 Dragonfly will perform there new songs
- 3:30-5:00 Here’s to the Night will present their full spectrum of 90’s music
- 5:30-7:00 Tyler Hammond
- 7:30-9:00 Kanye Twitty
Tickets are being sold at any Quick-E Food Store in the Lynchburg area or online at Eventbrite. Tickets are $20–in advance or $25–at the gate. Those 12 and under are free. You can leave the stadium and return throughout the day, as long as your band remains on your arm.
There is an “Ultimate Foodie Ticket Package” for those who want to have the best Food Fest experience. The package includes: event admission, tasting wristband (comes with 7 free beer tastings), food tray and a Lynchburg Food Fest Tasting Glass.
For more information about the Lynchburg Music Festival call 434.473.7319 or visit http://www.lynchburgmusicfestival.com/
Less than 20 miles east of Lynchburg, VA you will find DeVault Family Vineyards. Founded in 2000 by Terry and Sharon, when Terry purchased the 32-acre property that allowed Terry to return to his farming roots, the vineyard is a family dream come true. The family has spent eight years perfecting the art of grape cultivation and have shaped the land into a stunning, serene landscape that you enjoy when visiting the vineyard. The tasting room was added in 2009 to allow guests a rustic, but comfortable place to sample the various wines and enjoy the view of the rolling vineyard. In addition to the tasting room you can enjoy an indoor swimming pool, tennis court, volleyball and basketball courts, and a stocked fishing pond. Or bring along a picnic blanket and wander through the vineyard until you find just the right spot to enjoy your DeVault wine.
DeVault Family Vineyards produces seven varieties of wines. There are three reds: a sweet red table wine, a dry red, which is a complex bouquet of blackberry, gala apples and a touch of spice plus an oaked Norton. Two whites are available: a sweet white table wine and a dry white with a light, fruity nose. Two blends complete the inventory: their watermelon wine and a semi-sweet blended blush. The red and white table wines make a delicious Sangria, delightful on a warm sunny day in Central Virginia.
Are you looking for something to do? Saturday, July 2nd DeVault Family Vineyards will be hosting their 6th Annual Watermelon Festival! Between the hours of 3:00 pm until 11:00 pm you can enjoy a variety of food vendors, five additional wineries, a local micro-brewery, arts, crafts and other vendors selling unique hand-made wares, six bands performing on two stages, a magician, pony rides and a talent show. There will be something for everyone! Tickets go on sale June 22nd or you may purchase them at the gate (at an increased price). Ticket prices are as follows: Adult $15, age 13-20 plus designated driver $10, kids 7-13 $5. Visit the DeVault Family Vineyards website, email@example.com, to purchase your tickets in advance.
DeVault Family Vineyards are located one-half mile off Route 460 in Concord, VA. 247 Station Lane, Concord, VA. 434.993.0722 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Hours of operation are Monday through Saturday between 11 until 6, after May 1st. Other hours may be available with prior scheduling.
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!
Ankida Ridge Winery is not your average winery. Your first indication that this isn’t the typical winery is the journey to get there. To say it is off the beaten path is an understatement (directions are at the end of this post). The second indication is that their tasting room is only open the first Saturday of each month or 12 days per year vs. the 300 days a year most tasting rooms are open. This raises lots of questions but before you start asking questions let me try to answer them.
Ankida translates to where heaven and earth join and I wouldn’t be surprised if this was the highest elevation vineyard in Virginia. A trip to Ankida Ridge is truly inspiring. The view from the tasting room is absolutely breath taking. At about 1800 feet in elevation on a clear day you have great views of the valleys and other nearby peaks. After some brief introductions one of the owners will take you up another 400 feet to their vineyard and tell you a little history about the property. Believe it or not, the property was actually settled in the 1880’s by farmers who terraced the land and grew crops there. After World War II, this type of farming was impractical so the land was abandoned and the forest reclaimed the land until Christine and her husband, Dennis, discovered the property and purchased it. They cleared a couple of acres of the rocky mountain side and planted grapes. You will learn about the soil conditions, the climate and why this location grows some awesome grapes and why they planted twice as many vines per acre as most vineyards when you are given the tour. (I’m leaving out a lot of the story on purpose so that you want to venture out and experience the winery first hand.) From there you head up to a clearing overlooking the small vineyard (they just cleared another four acres and hope to plant that in 2017). If you thought the view from the tasting room was impressive this view is even better. After finishing off a bottle of their Vert (Vinho Verde) we headed back to the tasting room where we enjoyed tasting the remainder of their wines. This was followed by a tour to the lower level where the wine is actually made.
Chances are you have never heard of Ankida Ridge Winery. There are no signs on the highway directing you to them. They are so small that they make less than 1000 cases a year. What separates them from many of their competitors is they made the conscience decision to separate themselves from their competition by doing thing better than everyone else and by making a better wine. Yes, the elevation of the vineyard enables them to grow grapes that others can’t and the soil conditions make for better grapes. The rocky granite soil, steep slope, aspect to the sun, elevation, vine density, canopy management, incorporating animals in the vineyard all add to growing grapes of the highest quality,along with a good dose of TLC
If you ever thought about heading to the Lynchburg area and you will be here on the first Saturday of the month then this might be a great day trip. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy your food with a great bottle of wine. At The Carriage House Inn Bed and Breakfast we do offer picnic lunches for just this type of occasion. On September 19, 2015 the “Hail to the Harvest” celebration will take place at Ankida Ridge. Live music, hayrides, winery tours and of course, wine tastings will begin at 12:00, noon. If traveling to Central Virginia is not in your plans don’t miss out on the opportunity to enjoy some fine wine, join their wine club.
Finally, how the winery got its name. Shortly after the owners purchased the property they were camping there in a little cabin on the property. As you can imagine the stars are brilliant when you are that far removed from the lights of the city. That evening there were thousands of fireflies flying around and the lights of the fireflies and the brilliant stars merged together and it appeared the heavens and earth joined.
If you are looking for more of an “experience” when you are visiting a winery we highly recommend a visit to Anika Ridge.
Directions: From Amherst Village:
- Head west on Rte 60, continuing west beyond the traffic circle.
- ·Go approximately 9 miles until you see Ogden’s Liberty gas station on the left.
- Just after Ogden’s, turn right onto Mt. Pleasant Rd. (If coming from Buena Vista, stay on Rte 60E for 17.4 miles, then turn left onto Mt. Pleasant Rd.)
- Go ¼ mile and turn left onto Franklin Creek Rd.
- Follow this road all the way to the end, approximately 3 miles, to just past the sign “END OF STATE MAINTENANCE.” The road narrows and winds through the woods. There are no signs to the property,
- Go through opened gate and bear right just above the pond, at the big boulder.
- Follow driveway up the mountainside (about 2/10 mile) to light grey winery on left.
- You can park along the driveway just beyond the building (Ankida Ridge Tasting Room is on the upper level.).
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