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All Our Wines

Our White Wines

Our Red Wines

Our Rose´& Dessert Wines

Goldie

Color almost clear. Aroma of pear and ripe fruit. Slightly cloying on the palate, flavor of dried apricots and honey with a clean finish. 47% Traminette, 53% Petit Manseng. The Traminette was whole cluster pressed, the Petit Manseng destemmed, cold soaked and then pressed. Tank fermented separately then blended before bottling.

Notable Awards

Double Gold/Platinum:  San Francisco ChronicleWine Competition

Earned Awards

1xOur Wines 1Double Gold/Platinum

John Marshall Declaration

This very select wine is by far the most limited and special wines from the hearts and minds of our winemakers. Made in the traditional Madiera style with sun and air aging. Four years in oak barrels and over a year in the bottle prior to release. Only 82 cases were produced, with every bottle hand numbered. The wine is balanced and stable with peach and orange notes. Once open the wine will remain drinkable for months, if not years.

Chocolate Lab

A beautifully crafted and totally unique dessert wine. Port style, 100% Chambourcin infused with cracked cocoa nibs. Aged in American oak and recovered whiskey barrels.

Earned Awards

1xOur Wines 2Silver
5xOur Wines 3Bronze

Our Vintners

Sharon Roeder

Sharon Roeder

Vintner

It was Sharon Roeder’s dream to grow grapes and to make wine that gave birth to Barrel Oak. Her background was in international affairs with a Master’s degree from Georgetown.  But the path sent her in a surprising direction and she realized that she wanted out of the rat race.  Once the decision was made she began interning in 2006 at the surrounding Fauquier wineries as a cellar rat, reading the literature, and taking local classes.  In 2007 she assisted with producing Barrel Oak’s first vintage and in 2008 she manged her first harvest and vintage.  In the years since she has never looked back, producing over 100 gold medal wines and living her dream to the fullest.

Shai Van Gelder

Shai Van Gelder

Vintner

Shai was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area where he spent most of his youth backpacking, fishing, snowboarding, and surfing- anything that gave him the opportunity to commune with Mother Nature. After high school, he enlisted in the Israel Defense Force where he served as a sniper in the Nachal Infantry Brigade’s 50th airborne division. During weeks of active combat in Lebanon, he had only one single dream. That vivid dream, in which he was a winegrower, winemaker, and vineyard owner, changed his outlook on life and inspired him to begin working toward his identified purpose- growing and creating exceptional wine. Upon completion of his military service, Shai returned to California in 2008 and started his first job in the wine industry- organically farming eight acres of Chardonnay and Syrah, completely by hand. He soon began his Enology and Viticulture studies at CSU Fresno, where he was a full-time student by day and vineyard worker by night. By graduation, Shai had gained hands-on experience with grapes from all over California including Fresno, Hollister Hills, Madera, Mendocino, Monterrey, Napa Valley, Paso Robles, San Louis Obispo, Santa Cruz, Sierra Foothills, and Sonoma. After graduating, he worked in wineries in Santa Barbara and Santa Rita Hills before bringing his California wine expertise to Virginia in 2015.

Shai started with us in August 2016 and has proven to be a great fit for the BOW team. His passion for scientific experimentation has lead to Barrel Oak being a pioneer of modern technologies including being the first Virginia winery to implement AgroThermal technology. He also utilizes organic and sustainable practices in vineyard management (including oyster shells recycled from BOW’s own vendor!) to increase the quality of the estate fruit. In his relentless pursuit of wine growing excellence, each year our wines enter national and international competitions, continuing to build on the name BOW has created for itself as a producer of award winning wines. During your visits to BOW, you may see Shai driving a tractor, working in the cellar, talking to guests at the tasting bar, or walking his dogs, Zombi and Cooper, around the vineyard.

In his spare time, Shai enjoys participating in fundraising/charity motorcycle rides, taking trips around the United States, visiting family abroad, exploring Virginia scenery, recreational shooting sports, camping, turkey hunting, bass fishing, reading the latest ASEV scholarly article, researching “the next experiment”, cheering on the San Jose Sharks (and sometimes the Caps), and spending time with his wife Ashley and their fur babies.