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Virginia Vintage

Nothing Expresses a Sense of Place Like Virginia Wine

The new, 31,000-square-foot fossil hall at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History invites you to explore the epic story of how Earth’s distant past is connected to the present and forms our future.

A hint of a chill enlivens the air. The foliage bursts with brilliant color. And glasses everywhere are raised to celebrate the harvest, the perfect backdrop for a new adventure. October is a perfect time to discover, or rediscover, Virginia wine!

In 1988, then Governor Gerald Baliles launched Virginia Wine Month as a way to raise awareness of the Commonwealth’s growing wine industry. October 2019 marks the 31st Virginia Wine Month—the oldest in the United States. With each issue, albemarle continues to support the Virginia wine industry. Whether you travel north, south, east, or west, you’ll very likely encounter a Virginia winery, with options dotting the landscape parallel to and within 40 miles east of Interstate 81 and with notable clusters just outside of Charlottesville, Front Royal, and Leesburg. In October, if you are looking for a unique experience for out-of-town guests or potential real estate or business clients, consider taking a day trip to a nearby winery to walk the vineyards, sample their offerings, and spend a memorable afternoon enjoying the color of the hillsides, the crisp fall air, and the clear blue skies that make autumn in Virginia such a special time of year.

From the Ground Up

Modern Wine Cellars Have become true works of Art

By Cathy Purple Cherry, AIA, Founding Principal of Purple Cherry Architects

The wine cellar. It is one of those romantic spaces that you envision would be sexy to have and to use. A wine cellar isn’t just for wine connoisseurs or collectors. It’s for anyone who has had the fancy to store, witness, sip and share wine with others. It can be a space that people love to show off. A truly fabulous wine cellar can also be very expensive. Each wine cellar is unique to the individual that desires it to be built in their home. For true wine experts, the wine cellar becomes a very technical space. It is temperature-controlled, with potentially two areas, one for reds and a second for whites. The space may also include a sophisticated inventory system that manages the stock in the space. This system acts like a personal wine curator and is super cool. Design may work with an exposed basement concrete wall and three insulated walls to capture the temperature of the earth. The result is not merely sophisticated space, but it is a very inexpensive space that is cooler than any place in the house.

Dr. Nancy Garrett Witt 

An Extraordinary Legacy

Trailblazers tend to have a certain trait in common. They don’t take no for an answer. Dr. Nancy Garrett Witt more than fits that bill. The first female director of a state-operated mental health facility in the Commonwealth of Virginia, Dr. Witt thought little of obstacles as she built an extraordinary career that saw her rise to the top of a profession dominated by men in an era where women’s dreams of being a doctor were incredibly difficult to achieve.

The pinnacle of Dr. Witt’s extraordinary career was her leadership of the DeJarnette State Sanitorium and its transition to a child-focused institution first known as the Commonwealth Center for Children, now known as the Commonwealth Center for Children and Adolescents, a nationally-known program for treating children with severe behaviors and eating disorders. Under Dr. Witt’s management, DeJarnette became the only self-supporting state mental health facility in the country, and contributed to the Commonwealth’s General Fund.

Dr. Witt, who passed away in 2018 at the age of 88, leaves an extraordinary legacy of patient-focused care, community outreach and education. Her pioneering and comprehensive behavior modification programs earned her acclaim around the country.

Gather Together

Toast the richness of our region with family and friends.

Fall is one of the most gorgeous seasons in Virginia, with vibrant leaves blanketing the landscapes from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the coastal plains. Fall also brings incredible flavors to your plate, as autumn marks the beginning of the harvest period in Virginia. Wineries celebrate this year’s bounty from Virginia’s unique terroir, which pairs perfectly with the one-of-a-kind dishes that originated in the Commonwealth, including world-class oysters, hearty Appalachian cuisine, and a fall favorite, Brunswick Stew. From culinary masterpieces served at some of Virginia’s finest restaurants to orchards and farms opening for Pick-Your-Own experiences and wineries cultivating their latest wines, you’ll find that fall has officially become “Foodie Season” in Virginia! Come together to toast our region by sipping a glass of wine and savoring the bounty of our Commonwealth. Virginia has a great selection of wines to offer. Experiment with different flavors and pairings, and be sure try something new! You may find a new favorite vintage.

The reasons to enjoy a great bottle of wine this autumn are endless. Fill your wine fridge and cellar with bottles of Virginia Wine to have on hand for all of your favorite fall activities. These pairings are perfect for weddings and celebrations, relaxing by the firepit or fireplace, picnicking in the vineyard or on a hike, or just enjoying life in the backyard.

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Cider Week in Virginia

November 15–24

Join Virginia cideries in celebrating Virginia’s craft beverage through a weeklong series of events including festivals, pop-up tastings, tours, workshops, and more. Cider Week features regional farm-made and craft ciders from the following cideries: Albemarle CiderWorks, Blue Bee Cider, Big Fish Cider, Co., Blue Toad Hard Cider—Virginia, Bold Rock Hard Cider, Bryants Small Batch Cider, Buskey Cider, Castle Hill Cider, Coyote Hole Ciderworks, Courthouse Creek Cider, Old Hill Cider, Potter’s Craft Cider, Sly Clyde Ciderworks, Wild Hare Hard Cider, Winchester Ciderworks, and The Winery at Kindred Pointe. Visit for updates and a complete calendar of events.

Montpelier Hunt Races

November 2

In 1901, William duPont purchased the Montpelier estate, located four miles west of the Town of Orange, in Virginia’s Piedmont Region. It was the lifelong home of James Madison, the fourth President of the United States, and his wife Dolley. William and his wife Annie made substantial changes to the house, enlarging it, renovating the formal garden, and adding many outbuildings and stables. Mr. duPont’s daughter, Marion duPont Scott, an accomplished horsewoman, inherited the property from her parents and resided at Montpelier until her death in 1983, at which time the duPont family transferred the property to the National Trust For Historic Preservation. Mrs. Scott, with the help of her brother, William duPont, Jr., transformed Montpelier into a first-class Thoroughbred breeding and racing facility, building a state-of-the-art steeplechase course and a flat training track. In 1929, Marion inaugurated the Montpelier Races and opened them to the public.

Who’s Who of REALTORS®

A Directory of the leading Real Estate Professionals in our area, representing the best Virginia has to offer, from homes and estates to farms and commercial properties.

Looking for a REALTOR®?

Please visit the link above to see each of our members, and visit their websites using the links provided.

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