News, Events & Tidbits

HELLO FRIENDS OF DEMOCRACY! We are open Thursday through Monday from noon to 6 pm. Upcoming events include live music at the winery, a Memorial Day celebration and lots of festivals including our Birth of Democracy Mini-Festival. Be sure to read our May 2016 Newsletter to get all the latest news!!

Music in the Tasting Room

All shows are 2:30 to 5:30pm unless otherwise noted
Saturday, 5/14 Ray Van Wagner | Classic/Easy Listening on keyboard
Sunday, 5/15 Paulo Franco | Singer/Songwriter

Memorial Day Weekend

Sunday, 5/29 Join winemaker Ben Margulies for a tasting in the vineyard at 1:30 pm | $10/pp
  Ragtop helps celebrate Memorial Day weekend with their blend of R&B, Blues and Classic Rock | 2:30-5:30pm
Monday, 5/30 Charlottesville musician and teacher, Vicky Lee, rounds out the holiday weekend with the melodious sounds of her Celtic harp | 2:30-5:30pm
Democracy Vineyards Winter 2016

Update from Ben Margulies, Winemaker & Vineyard Manager

April was another exciting month at Democracy Vineyards! A stretch of late March with 80 degree highs caused buds on several varieties to brea early, followed by a pair of hard frosts in early April. Despite losing a few primary buds in some of the warmer areas of the vineyard, most varieties appear to have a healthy level of bud break and the beginnings of leaf and flower development. April is a time for mowing down the cuttings from dormant pruning along with the first growth of our cover crop. Also, at the end of the month, the weed and pest management program begins.

In the winery, we collected input from loyal customers about upcoming wines “Village View Gold” and the 2015 vintage of Velvet Revolution. Tasters sampled different levels of sweetness and acidity in Village View Gold, as well as Velvet Revolution Barrel blends that contained different percentages of the red varietal components. Also, we loaded over 160 cases of Velvet Revolution, Constitution, and Campaign to be shipped to Virginia Wine of the Month subscribers.

Village View Gold should be bottled by late April to be available at the Montpelier wine festival. Before bottling, it will be sweetened and filtered.

Birth of Democracy

Saturday, July 2 | 12 noon to 6pm

Registration is now open for the Annual Birth of Democracy Festival! Join Democracy Vineyards, DelFosse Winery, Lazy Days Winery and Mountain Cove Vineyards for an afternoon of wine, music and fun! We will be joined by Mouth Wide Open and Farm Fresh Fixins food trucks, craft vendors and more.

Enjoy the music of Ragtop and Paulo Franco as you taste wines amid the summer splendor of the vineyard!

$20/person | $5/under 21 & designated drivers | No charge/under 3

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Special Events & Festivals

Democracy Vineyards Presidential Straw Poll

April voting revealed a continued divided field among Republican voters. John Kasich surged to the top garnering 31% of all votes cast followed by Donald Trump with 24%. Ted Cruz came in third with 18% of the vote and Marco Rubio continued to receive support even after dropping out of the race with 15% of the vote. Jeb Bush, Ben Carson and Rick Santorum all received a scattering of votes.

On the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders led Hillary Clinton in the voting by 47% to 37% with write-ins for Martin O’Malley, Michael Bloomberg, former 5th District Congressman Tom Perriello and one of our best festival assistants, Nancy Stewart.

Voting will continue through the November election because democracy is about choices! – in our case, red, white, or apple wines!l