I’ve known about Stone Tower for a while, but Paul only heard about them recently, and he’s wanted to visit ever since. Their signage isn’t great, so you might want to put this one into your GPS so you don’t go flying past the turnoff. Once you’re on the (very bumpy) gravel road, Stone Tower is a few miles up the mountain, and the views are fantastic all the way up.
The Harvest Barn is exactly what it sounds like – a rustic (though nicely appointed and well-heated) barn. It’s also the family-friendly area of the winery, an important feature for us since we had the smallest along for her first winery tour. We were there around noon on a Friday afternoon, and there was one other couple with their toddler at the tasting bar. Our server was friendly and knowledgeable about the vineyard and wines, and she poured an extra two or three samples of wines that weren’t on the tasting menu – including a fabulous Brut Cuvée that they’re sadly almost out of, but they’ll be bottling a Blanc de Blanc and rosé soon. From what we’ve seen, not many Virginia wineries have sparklers, so we were really excited to hear that.
They outsource most of their grapes from California, but they do all of the actual wine making onsite. The outsourced grapes are bottled under Wild Boar, and the estate-grown wines are labeled, obviously, Estate. Keep in mind that if you like the Estates best, you’ll be paying for the privilege of drinking Virginia wine. Also, you can’t buy the Estates by the glass – just the bottle.
Their website says they have wine-friendly food like bread and cheese, but we (stupidly on my part) didn’t buy any.
Rating: Green! (We’ll totally come back.)
Tasting: $15 for 6 wines, additional $5 if you want to keep your glass (which, by the way, is a Riedel, so if collecting winery glasses is your thing, this one is definitely worth it)
Price: About average for VA wineries for Wild Boar bottles (upper $20s – $30s), quite a bit more for Estate ($40+)
Kid Friendly: Yes (this building only)
Highlights: Sparkling wines, great music
Time Since Lacy Last Ate: ~21 hours
Strangers Invited to Dinner: 0