Gray Ghost Vineyards

Gray Ghost Vineyards

About

Full-bodied reds are unfiltered and lighter-styled wines are fermented at lower temperatures to enhance fruit character. This emphasis on quality resulted in Gray Ghost being named "Best of the East" by Vineyard and Winery Management Magazine four consecutive years! A visit to Gray Ghost offers a knowledgeable staff, southern hospitality, beautiful picnic grounds and spacious indoor facilities. Ask about Gray Ghost's famous winery events, entertaining tours and the most popular volunteer harvest program in the state!

Location Description

Located in the heart of Amissville, VA.

Features

  • Exceptional Wines with Southern Hospitality.

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Average Bottle Price

$ 22

History

Gray Ghost Vineyards is the dream turned reality for Al and Cheryl Kellert. A chemistry major in college, Al was first introduced to winemaking by a college professor who assisted him in his first fermentation experiment in 1969. Not long after, he met and married Cheryl, and a career transfer landed them in Virginia amidst the beginning of what would soon become the burgeoning wine industry in the state.

Years of studying, touring and tasting at wineries, while growing grapes and making homemade wine in their Washington, D.C. suburban backyard, led Al and Cheryl to pursue their dream in earnest. After two-years of searching for the perfect grape growing location, the Kellerts bought property in Rappahannock County. Amissville proved to be the ideal location for their venture as the former apple orchard possessed complex, fertile soils, while the Blue Ridge Mountains directly west helped shield damaging rains from a delicate crop.

The Kellerts moved in 1986 along with each of the meticulously transplanted 160 vines from their Northern Virginia neighborhood. The plantings continued for a number of years and Gray Ghost currently cultivates over 8,000 vines on 13 acres with such varieties as Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Riesling, Vidal Blanc and Seyval Blanc.

While perfecting their winemaking techniques and renovating a 13 stall horse stable into a winery, Al and Cheryl sold their grapes to surrounding wineries. In 1993 the Kellerts retained their entire crop and thus the first vintage of Gray Ghost wines was born. And after years of work gutting and reconstructing the stable themselves, the winery opened in July of 1994. Subsequent vineyard and winery enhancements have included securing more property, an addition which houses an underground barrel room, renovations to the original winery structure and most recently an expanded tasting room.

But from the beginning, the Kellerts focus has been on producing the highest quality wines possible. And the results are evident. Gray Ghost wines are produced by using the gentlest care possible beginning in the vineyard and through the winemaking process. Every vine is personally pruned by Cheryl and every bottle that leaves the winery has been touched by Al in the winemaking and packaging process.

Since Gray Ghost’s inception, the winery has garnered hundreds of awards including numerous coveted honors of “Best of Show”, “Best Dessert Wine in the United States”, and “Chairman’s Best of Class” – all in renowned international wine competitions spanning from California to New York. In addition, the winery was named “Best of the East” four consecutive years by Vineyard & Winery Management Magazine for producing the most awarded wine in the country outside of California for Gray Ghost’s Adieu.


History of the Name

Why Gray Ghost? Second only to questions about winemaking comes this question concerning the naming of the winery and vineyards. Gray Ghost Winery and Vineyards is located at the very Southern end of what was known as Mosby's Confederacy in the Civil War.

John S. Mosby was commissioned by the Confederacy to command a small cavalry unit whose purpose was to provide valuable scouting information to General Lee about the Union Army's position and strength. In a short period of time, Mosby was operating behind the Union lines in Northern Virginia; raiding Union positions; and creating as much chaos as possible. By the end of the war, Mosby had attained the rank of Colonel and commanded about 400 troops.

Colonel Mosby has often been credited with extending the life of the Confederacy by over six months. General Grant felt compelled to withhold about 25,000 troops from battle with General Lee's Army of Northern Virginia due to the activities of the Mosby Rangers and during the fear that Mosby would eventually raid Washington itself.

Because of Mosby's ability to infiltrate the enemy lines and to capture supplies and prisoners without being detected or suffering any major losses of his own, the Union Army began referring to him as the "Gray Ghost". This term was eventually used to refer to other Confederate Rangers who operated in such areas as Missouri, Tennessee, West Virginia, Georgia and Kentucky, although none attained the notoriety of Mosby.

Gray Ghost Vineyards takes pride in being located on one of the routes Mosby used during the Civil War. It also is in the heart of an area that supplied Mosby with a number of his troops. Naming the winery and vineyards Gray Ghost is our way of recognizing Mosby's contribution to history as well as all the other Gray Ghosts of the Confederacy.

The image on the label was an original painting done by Al Kellert, designed to reflect the appearance of the Confederate officer during the Civil War. It helps to project the image and history of the vineyards and reflect our determination to make an outstanding product which also will live in history. The lettering for the "Gray Ghost" was actually a composite of Mosby's handwriting. It should be noted that Colonel Mosby was never known to have actually written or referred to himself as the Gray Ghost.

Awards

2012 Adieu
Gold-2013 San Diego International Wine Competition
Gold-2013 Monterey International Wine Competition, California
Gold-2013 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
Gold-2013 Lone Star International Wine Competition
Gold-2013 Virginia Wine Lover Wine Classic
Gold-2013 Mid-Atlantic Southeast Wine Competition
Silver-2013 Consumer Wine Awards at Lodi, California
Silver-2013 Los Angeles International Wine and Spirits Competition
Silver-2013 Riverside International Wine Competition, California
Silver-2013 Pacific Rim International Wine Competition, California
Silver-2013 International Women's Wine Competition, California
Silver-2013 Tasters Guild International Wine Competition
Silver-2013 Wine Lovers' Consumer Wine Judging
Silver-2013 Wines of the South Competition
Bronze-2013 San Francisco International Wine Competition
Bronze-2013 US National Wine Competition, California
Bronze-2013 Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition
Bronze-2013 Amenti del Vino Wine Competition
Bronze-2013 Indy International Wine Competition
Bronze-2014 Virginia Governor's Cup Competition
Named "Best of the East" four consecutive years by Vineyard & Winery Management Magazine for being the most awarded wine in the country outside of California!

2013 Cabernet Franc
Gold-2014 Mid-Atlantic Southeast Wine Competition
Silver-2014 Virginia Wine Lover Wine Classic
Silver-2014 Wine Lovers Consumers' Wine Judging
Silver-2014 Wines of the South Competition
Bronze-2014 Indy International Wine Competition

2012 Cabernet Sauvignon
Silver-2014 Mid-Atlantic Southeast Wine Competition
Silver-2014 Tasters Guild International Wine Competition
Silver-2014 Virginia Wine Lover Magazine Wine Classic
Silver-2014 Amenti del Vino Wine Competition
Silver-2014 Wine Lovers Consumers' Wine Judging
Silver-2014 Wines of the South Competition
Bronze-2014 Riverside International Wine Competition
Bronze-2014 Lone Star International Wine Competition
Bronze-2014 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
Bronze-2014 Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition

2010 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
Gold-2013 Virginia Wine Lover Wine Classic
Silver-2013 Tasters Guild International Wine Competition
Silver-2013 Indy International Wine Competition
Silver-2013 Wines of the South Competition
Bronze-2013 Wine Lovers' Consumer Wine Judging
Bronze-2013 Lone Star International Wine Competition
Bronze-2013 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
Bronze-2013 Amenti del Vino Wine Competition
Bronze-2013 Mid-Atlantic Southeast Wine Competition
Bronze-2013 Wines of the South People's Choice Awards
Bronze-2013 American Wine Society Competition
Bronze-2014 Florida State Fair Wine Competition

2012 Ranger Reserve
Silver-2014 Mid-Atlantic Southeast Wine Competition
Silver-2014 Riverside International Wine Competition, California
Silver-2014 Tasters Guild International Wine Competition
Silver-2014 Indy International Wine Competition
Silver-2014 Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition
Silver-2014 Virginia Wine Lover Wine Classic
Bronze-2014 Amenti del Vino Wine Competition
Bronze-2014 Wine Lovers Consumers' Wine Judging

2013 Chardonnay
Silver-2014 Mid-Atlantic Southeast Wine Competition
Bronze-2014 Wine Lovers Consumers' Wine Judging
Bronze-2014 Wines of the South Competition
Bronze-2014 American Wine Society Competition

2012 Reserve Chardonnay
Silver-2014 Wine Lovers' Consumers Judging
Bronze-2014 Mid-Atlantic Southeast Wine Competition
Bronze-2014 Wines of the South Competition
Bronze-2014 American Wine Society Wine Competition

2012 Petit Verdot
Silver-2014 Tasters Guild International Wine Competition
Silver-2014 Great Lakes Wine Competition
Bronze-2014 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
Bronze-2014 Los Angeles International Wine Competition
Bronze-2014 Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition

2013 Gewurztraminer
Gold-2014 Monterey International Wine Competition, California
Gold-2014 Pacific Rim International Wine Competition, California
Gold-2014 Mid-Atlantic Southeast Wine Competition
Gold-2014 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
Gold-2014 Tasters Guild International Wine Competition
Gold-2014 Virginia Wine Lover Wine Classic
Silver-2014 San Diego International Wine Competition
Silver-2014 Long Beach Grand Cru Wine Competition, CA
Silver-2014 International Women's Wine Competition, CA
Silver-2014 Indy International Wine Competition
Silver-2014 Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition
Silver-2014 Great Lakes Wine Competition
Bronze-2014 San Francisco International Wine Competition
Bronze-2014 Riverside International Wine Competition, California
Bronze-2014 Los Angeles International Wine Competition
Bronze-2014 Consumer Wine Awards at Lodi, California
Bronze-2014 Lone Star International Wine Competition
Bronze-2014 State Fair of Virginia Wine Competition

2013 Riesling
Silver-2014 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
Silver-2014 Tasters Guild International Wine Competition
Bronze-2014 Riverside International Wine Competition, California
Bronze-2014 Consumer Wine Awards at Lodi, CA Competition

2013 Seyval Blanc
Silver-2014 Riverside International Wine Competition
Silver-2014 Virginia Wine Lover Wine Classic
Bronze-2014 Great Lakes Wine Competition

2013 Vidal Blanc
Gold-2014 Long Beach Grand Cru Wine Competition, CA
Gold-2014 Mid-Atlantic Southeast Wine Competition
Gold-2014 Great Lakes Wine Competition
Gold-2014 Wine Lovers Consumers' Wine Judging
Silver-2014 International Women's Wine Competition, CA
Silver-2014 Lone Star International Wine Competition
Silver-2014 Virginia Wine Lover Wine Classic
Silver-2014 Amenti del Vino Wine Competition
Silver-2014 Indy International Wine Competition
Silver-2014 Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition
Bronze-2014 Los Angeles International Wine and Spirits Competition
Bronze-2014 San Francisco International Wine Competition
Bronze-2014 Finger Lakes International Wine Competition

Victorian White
Silver-2011 Virginia Wine Lover Magazine Wine Classic
Silver-Tasters Guild International Wine Competition
Bronze-2011 Wines of the South Competition
Bronze-Mid-Atlantic Southeast Wine Competition
Bronze-Atlantic Seaboard Vinifera Wine Competition
Bronze-Monterey, California International Wine Competition
Bronze-Amenti del Vino International Wine Competition

Victorian Red
Gold-2014 Mid-Atlantic Southeast Wine Competition
Gold- Dixie Classic Wine Competition
Silver-2011 Virginia Wine Lover Magazine Wine Classic
Silver-Tasters Guild International Wine Competition
Silver-Florida State Fair International Wine Competition
Silver-Amenti del Vino International Wine Competition
Bronze-Tasters Guild International Wine Competition
Bronze-Mid-Atlantic Southeast Wine Competition
Bronze-Lone Star International Wine Competition
Bronze-Wine Lovers Consumer Competition
Bronze-International Eastern Wine Competition

Reviews

1 Review
Kerry  Wilkinson Kerry Wilkinson
Amissville, Virginia
Fun experience

we really enjoyed our time here sampling several different types of wine. It is a nice place with a lot of variety.

February 2015

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Hours

Open Friday through Sunday: 11:00 am to 5:00 Open Monday Federal Holidays: 11:00 am to 5:00 pm Weekdays: sales by appointment January & February: Saturdays and Sundays 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Address

14706 Lee Hwy
Amissville, Virginia 20106
United States

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