If you like sipping wine at sunset at wineries in Virginia’s Fauquier County, you might soon be out of luck.
Tomorrow at 7 p.m. in Warrenton, a public hearing will take place on proposed new zoning ordinances that would limit wineries’ ability to hold events, especially in the evening, and would put the kibosh on outdoor music.
I heard about this issue through a Facebook message from Barrel Oak Winery, to which I’m partial, and which is open late on weekends. Owner Brian Roeder says this ordinance “is so extreme that it will put many wineries out of business.”
If there are loud, raucous parties going on out there after hours, for sure I’ve missed them. I’ve been out for wine at sunset several times over the past two years and recommended it in my piece on Sky Meadows. I’ve never seen anything but a calm, quiet crowd drinking wine, listening to local musicians and (horrors) occasionally laughing while the sun slips behind the mountains and the moon rises over the fields.
I’ve also heard great things about the special dinners, including summer ones in the vines, at Pearmund Cellars.