It was a warm winter. Each time there was snow in the forecast, I would get excited and get my camera gear ready to set out early in the morning to visit the farms, hoping to catch some snow on the ground, clinging to the trees and vines, and resting on the fences. Instead, it would melt as the sun rose each time, dripping off the trees, the sound of each drop a disappointment. Then one Saturday morning late in February we woke up to a dusting of snow that seemed to stick. The temperature hovered at 35° F, so we jumped in the car and raced to the the closest Farm Project location, Chrysalis Vineyards, hoping to make it before the thermometer went any higher and another snow opportunity was lost….
Chrysalis Vineyards is one of the easier vineyards to get to in Northern Virginia, just off Route 50 in Loudoun County. Set on 412 acres in the rolling hills of the Piedmont region, the vineyard specializes in unusual Spanish and French varietals and Norton, a native Virginia grape, as well as traditional grapes, a total of over 20 varieties. The tasting room is open daily from 10 to 5:30, and the friendly folks there will be glad to set up a tasting for you….