The Shad Planking Welcomes Hampton Roads Winery, the Winery at the End of the Rainbow
Diane Sheldon, a chemist, and David Sheldon, an entrepreneur, opened Hampton Roads Winery in order to take something raw and change it into something amazing that people can enjoy. They planted their first vines in 2008, and their first harvest was in 2014. The winery opened to the public last November, and folks are definitely loving the wine. And the grounds. The vineyard sits in rural Surry County, on 40 beautiful acres where carriage horses were bred in the late 1800s. Diane and Dave chose a carriage-horse theme when designing the visitor’s center. The oak planking used throughout is the same wood that the Ruritan club uses to plank shad. Oak gives flavor to both buildings and fish!
Diane says that the Cabernet Franc is a huge seller. Mild heat, a hint of green pepper, and red fruit flavors develop perfectly into a medium-bodied red wine that guests can’t get enough of. It’s perfect with roast pork or country ham (another staple of Surry County). Visit any of these establishments to pick up a bottle:
Claremont Circle Store, Plantation Peanuts of Wakefield, Pagan River Wine Merchants, Opus 9 Steakhouse, and Wharf Hill Brewing Co.
Of course, tasting the wine where it was made is the ultimate experience. Hampton Roads Winery will celebrate its official grand opening on April 16, just days before the Shad Planking. Live music, great people, and good times await. Hampton Roads Winery is home to a goat tower, one of only a handful in the world. Come see it for yourself and share in the country experience. Hampton Roads Winery is a great place to meet new people and enjoy the finest of Virginia’s bounty. The winery is located at 6074 New Design Rd., Elberon, VA 23846, (757) 899-0203.
Get your tickets now for the 68th Shad Planking and Grapes & Grains Festival and try the amazing wines from Hampton Roads Winery.