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Real Passion.

Authur Ashe said, “From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.”

Hosting Not-For-Profit charitable benefits figure prominently among our passions. Since opening our doors in 2008, we have helped charitable organizations raise over one and a half million dollars through events held here on the property.

Real Virginia Wine.

Since the first vine was planted on our Delaplane farmstead in 2006, we have remained committed to providing our guests with premium examples of fine Virginia winemaking. The 30-acre vineyard is home to a selection of traditional vinifera and American and French hybrids.

Our grape varietals include: Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Petit Manseng, Viognier, Petit Verdot, Seyval Blanc, Vidal Blanc, Traminette, and Chambourcin.

We also grow Virginia’s premiere native grape: Norton, and our 2008 Norton took best Red in Show at the Indy International Wine Competition in addition to dozens of medals since.

BOW has over 100 gold medals and our dedication to utmost quality has not gone un-noticed by national and international wine judges.  Our winemakers Shai Van Gelder and Sharon Roeder have racked up close to 500 regional, national and international awards since 2008 (a list of our awards can be seen here).

Real Virginia Craft Beer.

In late 2016 BOW realized its latest vision when it opened Virginia’s first craft Farm Brewery within its winery. Barrel Oak Farm Taphouse allows our beer-quaffing guests to join their wine-loving brethren in appreciating the unique Barrel Oak experience. We grow our hops and all of our beer is produced here at the estate. We also have collected top awards such as the 2017 Gold medal for our Pale Ale at the Virginia Craft Beet Cup Competition. Find our unique and popular Flemish Double and Belgian Triple as well as our Pale Ale and other rotating selections.

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And Now Our Story Continues…

Our community, our experience, our gratitude, our vineyard, our wine and beer offerings – all have grown over these past many years.  On any given day it is an amazing sight to see all of the families, friends, kids and puppies enjoying themselves at Barrel Oak. And this reaches fruition through the expression of our values. Excellence and Gratitude, Acceptance and Balance all define us. And thus, we have always forged ahead boldly yet thoughtfully…creatively yet purposefully.  And we embrace the faith that a life well-lived is not just expressed by what we do – but also in what it means and in how we have chosen to live.  Because we are fortunate in this amazing life, we believe in sharing with others fully. We understand that we all only have this time and place to be together. 

Please join us as we live the dream.