Muse Vineyards, which we introduced to you early this year (click here for feature review), is opening its new Tasting Room to the public on Friday, November 25, 2016, the day after Thanksgiving, at noon.
Muse is a family-owned winery tucked behind the town of Woodstock, Virginia, just off I-81, in the historic Shenandoah Valley. The setting of the estate, nestled in the shadow of Massanutten Mountain, is dramatically beautiful; the vineyards are pristine; the new Tasting Room is state-of-the art; and Muse wines are raising the bar for quality winemaking in Virginia.
Proprietors Robert Muse and Sally Cowal launched Muse Vineyards in 2006, inspired by the traditional domaine wineries they discovered while traveling through France and Italy. Their Shenandoah River-side estate comprises 22 acres under vine planted to 15 different varieties. Muse winemaker Tim Rausse is steeped in Virginia winemaking; his father, Gabriele Rausse, has been dubbed “the father of the modern Virginia wine industry” for his role in establishing a number of Virginia wineries, including Barboursville Vineyards, near Charlottesville, in the 1970s. Tim inherited passion and skill for artisanal winemaking in Virginia, and it is clear and present in Muse wines.
The Tasting Room is offering six selections that include a blend of white Rhone varieties (Marsanne, Roussanne, and Viognier) called “Thalia;” Sauvignon Blanc; Chardonnay; a rosé of Gamay; a Grenache called “Calliope;” and a flagship blend of Bordeaux varieties (Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot) called “Clio” — all produced in small lots from estate-grown fruit using traditional, hands-on methods.
Muse Vineyards 2009 Clio — one of the winery’s first releases — was awarded the Virginia Wineries Association’s Governor’s Cup in 2015, and Muse wines have been highly recommended by multiple publications including the Wine Advocate, Forbes Magazine, and this, the National Wine Review.
Muse Vineyards is located at 16 Serendipity Lane, Woodstock, VA 22664, a scenic drive of just over an hour from Washington, D.C. The Tasting Room will be open every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. We highly encourage you to pay them a visit. For more information, visit Muse Vineyards virtually at www.musevineyards.com.