News, Events & Tidbits

REOPENING 2/1/15! We reopen for the year on February 1st. In the colder months of February and March, we are open on Saturdays and Sundays. In April, we return to our full Thursday through Monday schedule.

In the Tasting Room

Sunday, 2/15 Join guitarist Jon Spear from 2 to 5 pm and stay for an informative Voices of Democracy After Hours at 5:30 pm with Geoffrey Skelley from the UVA Center for Politics. Last October, a federal court ruled that Virginia’s congressional map violated the 14th Amendment and instructed the legislature to redraw the state’s congressional boundaries by April 1, 2015. Mr. Skelley will discuss the court decision, the forthcoming General Assembly session on redistricting and what that may mean for Nelson County, Charlottesville and other parts of the 5th Congressional district. (In the event of snow, this program will be rescheduled for Sunday, March 1st.)
$5/pp includes glass of wine | Seating is limited
RSVP to 434-263-8463 or
Monday, 2/16 Winemaker Ben Margulies leads guests through an Introduction to Democracy Vineyards 2013 Red Wines from 1 to 2 pm. Learn about the grapes that make up our fully estate grown red blends, Velvet Revolution and Forum, and the impact of the growing season on our Chambourcin varietal, Suffrage.
$5/pp – RSVP to

Wine Dinners

Sunday, 2/8 Enjoy an early Valentine’s Wine Dinner with Democracy Vineyards at Camden’s Dogtown Market in Richmond.
6:30 pm - $45/pp
For reservations and information call 804-745-6488.
Friday, 2/20 Wine Tasting Dinner at AVA Restaurant & Wine Bar in Staunton. From 6 pm onward.
Call 540-886-2851 for reservations and information.

Pourings at Virginia Retailers

Democracy Vineyards General Manager Jim Turpin will be pouring our wines at these Virginia retailers this month.
Saturday, 2/7 OLIVE & VINE GOURMET SHOP | Springfield
1 to 4pm
Sunday, 2/8 ALL THINGS VIRGINIA | Woodstock
11am to 3pm
Thursday, 2/26 VINTAGES BY THE DAN | Danville
5 to 7pm
Saturday, 2/28 SUMDAT FARM MARKET | Roanoke
11am to 3pm
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Update from Ben Marguiles,Winemaker & Vineyard Manager

We've been lucky to have a fairly sunny and mild January. This time of year, Blaine and I like to take advantage of the warmer (over 30º) days to prune the vineyards. We cut out older wood from the vines and leave new buds which already contain the microscopic clusters for this year’s harvest. On January 19th, Democracy hosted the winter pruning workshop along with specialists from Virginia Tech for the second year. This event was very well-attended packing the tasting room with growers from as far as the Shenandoah Valley, Tidewater, and Southside Virginia. Luckily, there was plenty of room in the tasting room without the wine and merchandise we usually keep stocked!

In addition to pruning the six acres at Democracy, this year we are happy to be leasing an acre of Petit Manseng grapes from our neighbor, the Orchard House Bed and Breakfast. This acre was also pruned this month. On February 16th (Presidents' Day), I hope to share with many of you an introduction to the 2013 vintage of Red Wines. In February, we'll begin tying down grape canes to the vineyard wires, and getting the 2014 white wines ready for a March bottling.

Châteaux, Rivers and Wine

Viking River Cruise - Chateaux Rivers and Wine
Join Friends of Democracy, as well as Hill Top Berry Farm & Winery and Lazy Days Winery on an exciting Viking River cruise from August 8 to 15, 2015! This river cruise travels through some of the loveliest wine country in France from Bordeaux to Pauillac, Libourne [home of St. Emilion], Cadillac [famous for Sauternes] and back to Bordeaux. Prices for the cruise range from $2555.50 to $3755.50 per person and include 6 guided tours, all meals and local wines, and port charges. Pre- and Post- packages can be added on for Paris and Loire Valley. A $500 deposit is required.


For more information, contact Susan Lineberry, Cruises Inc. at 434-263-6011 or 866-952-7700 or via email.

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