Bluestone Vineyard

About

Bluestone Vineyard is located in the center of this beautiful valley. Small towns and wonderful B&Bs surround us while the views of the western mountains from our vineyard can only be described as spectacular. Stop by our tasting room to experience a little of the valley's atmosphere and friendliness.

Location Description

We're just south of Bridgewater, VA, only 10 minutes from I-81.

Features

  • Award winning wines.

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Average Bottle Price

$ 20

History

Curt and Jackie Hartman have lived west of Bridgewater on the hill above Jordan Stretch since 1995. With their friends Phil and Lois Kreider (Misty Ray Winery), they began planting grapes on the hill in 2003 to make wine for personal use. In 2007 they decided to make the vineyard a business and with advice from the researchers at Virginia Tech they laid out the vineyard, tested the soils, and chose the grapes to plant.

With the help of friends and family, four thousand red grape vines were planted on the south side of the hill in 2008. During that time a vineyard crew consisting of Lee Hartman and Ben Geiser was formed, and during the winter of 2009 they laid out the north and east side of the hill for white grape vines and built the trellis system. In the spring they planted four thousand more vines.

The 2009 wines were hand pressed in a temporary winery on the north side of their house. The total production that year was about 500 cases. In 2010 the winery was built and an additional 1,000 vines were added on the west side of the hill. Using new equipment in the larger winery, Bluestone Vineyard processed 31 tons of grapes and made about 2,000 cases of wine. Today’s production is about 5,000 cases. Our two consultants who are very important and helping us today are, Jeanette Smith for vineyard management and Michael Shaps for wine making.

Practices & Techniques

Our winery is a state of the art building designed to process 5,000 cases of wine each year. The electrical system is complex, engineered to operate both European and US equipment. It has a computer controlled chilling system that regulates temperatures in each tank as well as the barrel room and finished wine storage. The insulation is so effective that parts of the facility do not need a heating system.

Estate Vineyards / AVA

The Shenandoah Valley is rapidly becoming a popular spot to grow grapes. This largely undiscovered appellation provides the climate and soil to grow great European varietal grapes. The rolling hills drain the water and cold air producing sweet grapes and protecting the vineyards from frost. Couple all this with some of the prettiest countryside anywhere and you have the perfect destination for wine touring.

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Hours

Mon - Sat:11:00 am - 6:00 pm Sun:1:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Address

4828 Spring Creek Rd
Bridgewater, Virginia 22812
United States

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