Recently, we ventured out to Delaplane, Virginia to check out the latest new winery that is generating quite a buzz. Arterra presented us with top-notch wine, a quaint and relaxing setting, and plenty of art. With that said, we bring you the latest installment from AmericanWineryGuide.com that was published today. Enjoy!
“A gorgeous, red, metal sign greets visitors with the name Arterra Wines carved on the upper portion and Hawkmoth Art carved on the bottom portion. The winery, which was recently opened by owners Jason Murray and Sandy Gray-Murray, combines Sandy’s art – it displays her artwork for sale under the Hawkmoth Art label – with the duo’s wines under the Arterra Wines label. Sandy began her venture as an art educator before deciding to give up the full-time education path to pursue her love of creating wine-inspired art under the Hawkmoth banner. Time constraints made it exceedingly difficult to expand her creation until the children were old enough to attend school during the day, which Sandy took full advantage of and opened a studio and gallery full-time. It only made sense to combine the winery and art studio under one roof. (…)
Jason’s passion for wine is as much of an art as Sandy’s is. The Arterra name, derived from the words art and terra (land) or the art of the land, speaks for itself. Jason has been involved in the Virginia wine industry since 2003. He began as a viticulturist and eventually became a self-taught winemaker overseeing the wine from vines to sale. His reputation for creating high quality red wines will only increase with his new adventure under the Arterra label. His knowledge of terroir, natural yeast, optimal grape ripening, quality vineyard sites and detail orientated production methods is outstanding, and if people aren’t familiar with Jason now, they certainly will be in the near future. (…)
As we walked in the door of the tasting room, the floor-to-ceiling wood shined in the afternoon sunlight. Along the back side of the room sat many ceramics and other artistic creations from Sandy’s studio. There are four wood-crafted tables and chairs that can easily accommodate 30+ people, and visitors can view the production space through the large glass windows located to the left of the tasting bar. The unique tasting bar is composed of rectangular beds of river stones enclosed by a glass top. ” (Read More)
“We stepped up and introduced ourselves to Jason and picked his brain about his unique approach and detail-orientated wine production. Visitors can taste six wines for a nominal fee of $10. We began our tasting with his sole white, a 2013 Chardonnay ($29) that boasts a smooth, palate-coating texture and shows a great balance of crisp tree fruit and mineral-driven acidity. The back palate offers a nice round finish with hints of vanilla and toast.
The real treasures at Arterra are the reds – beginning first with the 2013 Cabernet Franc ($29). This wine absolutely blew me away. Plenty of depth and spice driven aromatics greet you as you approach the glass. A beautiful foundation of white pepper extenuates the lush, rich texture showing off ripe, dark red fruit with impeccable balance. This Cabernet Franc is probably one of the best I have had in Northern Virginia, if not the state. The wine finishes with smooth tannins, plenty of dark fruit, length and power. (…)
Concluding the dry wines, we saved the best for last. The 2013 Tannat ($49) is beyond words and, in my opinion, really highlights Jason Murray’s talents. Full-bodied and complex with plenty of depth, this red boasts cigar box, black fruit and sweet tobacco while holding strong to its masculine traits with concentrated flavors and intense, peppery tannins. This is what a Tannat is supposed to taste like, but, hey, don’t trust my judgement? Try it for yourself. I guarantee you will be tempted to take a bottle home with you like we did.” (Read More)
1808 Leeds Manor Road
Delaplane, Virginia 20144