One of the most anticipated and heartfelt moments of a wedding reception is the toast. Choosing a memorable wine for the toast and your reception meal can be overwhelming.
Allow us to introduce the wine experts and wedding venue hosts, Bluemont Vineyard. Birthed from a love affair between agriculture and wine, Bluemont Vineyard delivers for couples seeking a breathtaking vineyard that not only offers great options for wine, but a scenic venue for couples special day as well.
Bluemont Vineyard shared their story and tips with us as we get ready to hear them speak on November 15th at the DIY Wedding Conference, leading a tutorial on picking the right wine for your wedding.
Tell us about Bluemont Vineyard and the history of how it got started?
Bluemont Vineyard is a small Virginia Farm Winery located on the first ridge of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Western Loudoun County, VA. The winery was started in 2007 and produces 6,000 carefully hand-crafted cases of wines each year. The tasting room boasts a commanding view of the Loudoun Valley and the farmland that yields the grapes and fruits cultivated for each vintage.
What type of wines are produced by the vineyard?
Our winemaker, Jen Sailor, strives to bottle a little something for everyone. We offer both single varietal and blended wines that appeal to the diverse palates of individuals who visit our tasting room. Each of our wines have been named with the farm winery image in mind. Our most popular wines include the Farm Table White, the Vidal Blanc "The Cow" and the Farm Table Red Blend. In the recent Loudoun Winey Awards Competition we were excited to medal three of the five wines we entered! The Epicurience Blend won Best in Class for Bordeaux Blends and our 2013 Merlot "The Ram" took Best in Class in the Merlot category as well as the Chairman's Reserve award.
What should couples expect when doing a wine tasting at your tasting room?
Our goal is for each couple to choose wines for their wedding that have broad appeal yet enable each couple to share the wines they love the most with their guests. We include a complimentary wine tasting for couples during their venue selection process so they are confident that Bluemont offers a great selection of wines for their event. After their menu tasting, we follow up with a specific tasting focus on connecting the wines to the custom menu each bridal couple selects.
Do you have a top tip when choosing a wine for the wedding reception meal?
We guide our couples to select the wines they like while encouraging them to keep it simple. We recommend no more than 2 white wines and 2 red wines for their event. We find that too much choice is confusing for guests.
When is the best time of year to have a wedding at a winery and how far out should the venue be booked?
We are a 3-season venue and each season brings with it a unique atmosphere for wedding guests to enjoy. Spring is highlighted by blooms in the orchards and cherry tree lines lane. Summer is filled with lush greenery and fresh fruits and vegetables for farm to table menus and Fall provides a gorgeous backdrop of colored foliage well into November. Guests looking for specific dates and Saturdays should plan 12-15 months in advance while Friday and Sunday options are typically available 9-12 month out. We have booked and hosted weddings in 3 months or less as well for clients with rapidly changing timelines and our professional team is here to guide all clients through the planning process.