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At the tasting bar.
Of course, more than a tasting room was necessary. Geri located grapes both locally and at Mount Jackson in the Shenandoah Valley. She also brought in the highly-regarded winemaker Randy Philips from Cave Ridge. As of this writing, Hunters Run is making about 800 cases of wine annually, which they can easily sell exclusively through the tasting room.
When I visited, there were eight wines available for tasting. The whites included a stainless steel Viognier, with a nose of pineapples and citrus, which was followed up with peach and bright acidity. I also enjoyed the off-dry traminette and an excellent dry-style Riesling. I thought each of the whites was exceptionally well crafted. Among the reds, there was a Chambourcin and a couple of blends, but the Cabernet Franc was just crazy. This light-bodied red spent fourteen months in French oak. It showed nice fruit, structured tannins and a beautiful peppery finish. That one was a real winner.
A visit to Hunters Run Wine Barn will likely find Geri and her sister Anne working behind the tasting bar. They actively engage with all the guests and there is a lively banter constantly taking place. It creates a very welcoming atmosphere and makes you want to linger either inside, out on the large deck or around the fire pit in the yard. There are many options for hanging around and sipping a favorite Hunters Run wine. It appears to be a very popular spot and it’s easily accessible from Route 9, which is one of the main roads through the heart of Northern Virginia wine country. So it’s easy to access and definitely worth the stop. If you get a chance to visit, let me know what you think.
Seating on the property.
Inside the tasting room.
Owner(s): Geri Nolan
Winemaker: Randy Philips
Written by Brian Jan 7, 2015
In the late 1990s, when Geri Nolan and her husband purchased their Loudoun County property, there were just a handful of wineries in that part of the state. In fact, the Middleburg American Viticultural Area (AVA), in which the Nolan property is situated, didn’t exist. Wine country just sort of grew up around them.
With the children grown and out of the house, Geri started casting about looking for a project. The viticultural potential for the property was not lost on her. In 2009, she converted her hunt country barn into a tasting room. The theme is somewhat reflective of her roots in County Limerick Ireland, where her family was involved with farming and hunting. The tasting room is sort of a tribute to her past. I can’t say that it is distinctly Irish, but the tribute to her equestrian, hunting roots definitely comes through.