Our Story | Our Tasting Room | Our Vineyards
We have been growing grapes for the past decade at our property, nestled at the eastern edge of the Shenandoah National Park in the shadow of Old Rag Mountain and White Oak Canyon. Our story is best described as a “hobby gone wild,” and you can read a fun and interesting pair of Point-Counterpoint articles that my wife and I wrote recently on how we got started in this endeavor.
We initially sold our grapes to a winery up the road, and wines that included our grapes won a number of awards, including the Virginia Governor’s Cup as the best wine in the state and the Best Wine in the East (out of 1,400 entries) in another competition. So we decided to begin bottling a small amount of wine under our own label, exclusively for friends and neighbors and a small but growing email list of “fans and followers.” We are gratified that it was well received and in fact sold out completely in each of the three years we did it.
Which brings us to today: We expanded production and opened to the public in 2010, with a gorgeous new tasting room and boutique winery at our vineyard site at the edge of the Shenandoah National Park. We continue to do things our own way - selling our wine only on site (not in any stores), in small batches of the highest possible quantity (and still selling out each year), and with a fantastic, loyal base of customers who appreciate the uniqueness of our operation and help spread the word. In all of our operations, we strive to respect the environment and to support local businesses. We invite you to read a full description of our Stewardship practices.
The Madison [County] Eagle newspaper has dubbed DuCard as “Madison’s Hidden Gem.”
We welcome your visit and are happy to share our story and our wines with you.