About our Location
Bluestone Vineyard is on ground that once was part of Rocby Holsteins, a well known dairy farm owned and operated by the Gardner family. Parts of the hill were too steep for traditional farming, but worked well for grapes. The hill provides not only water drainage to keep the vines dry, but also allows the cold air to descend onto the river bottom land below. This gives us a bit of protection from the damaging spring frosts. The soil is rocky, full of traditional Shenandoah Valley limestone (thus the name "Bluestone") and large pieces of quartz. This provides excellent growing conditions for our grapes, especially the cabernets.
The winery is built on the footprint of an old barn that dated back into the 1800's. Because of the historical value, the amazing beams and wide flooring we wanted to save it as our winery. However, after consulting with Blue Ridge Design and their engineer we learned that the barn was not salvageable. Unfortunately there had been too many years of neglect and too many termites. So we saved what we could. The winery was built on the same place using the barn hill as a walkway to our tasting room. The flooring that was usable was recovered and the foundation stones were used in the wall built on each side of the tasting room entrance.