– Upcoming Events: 2015 Calendar –
Version 1 Release Party
Saturday, January 3, 2015, 1-5 PM
That's right! You've seen us working hard at growing several small lots of Cabernet Sauvignon at DuCard, but we just couldn't wait for our vines to mature to try our hands at making a single varietal Cabernet Sauvignon. So, in 2012 we sourced some grapes from a local vineyard and have produced our first vintage, or "Version 1" of Cabernet Sauvignon. We invite you to come celebrate this new release with us on Saturday, January 3rd, when you can also be entertained by the fabulous violinist Victoria Pent from 1:30-4:30pm! Victoria is classically trained and will treat you to anything from jazz to gospel to classical to bluegrass!
Music by the Fireside - with Kiaya and Sweet Poppa William
Saturday, January 17, 2015, 2-5 PM
Join us for live music in a cozy setting by the fire with local singer/songwriters Kiaya and Sweet Poppa William. Enjoy their acoustic blend of folk rock, classics, and originals in the rockin’ Blue Ridge mountain style! Wine tastings and light fare available for purchase. Come join the fun - a great way to relax! No cover.
Music by the Fireplace - with Annie Stokes
Saturday, January 31, 2015, 1-4 PM
Join us for live music by the fireside with Annie Stokes who hails from the NoVa/Shenandoah Valley Area (http://www.anniestokesmusic.com/). Annie is talented not only with guitar and vocals but also with the ukulele and mandolin, and will entertain you with classic rock, country, bluegrass, and acoustic renditions of popular songs along with originals. All that and a glass of wine spells a fabulous afternoon at DuCard! No cover.
Rosé New Vintage Release Party and Darcy Dawn music
Saturday, February 14, 2015, 12-6 PM
We’re so excited to have our Rosé back in the tasting room lineup! Come experience this French style juicy/fruity wine for yourself before it’s gone again! Live music 2-5pm by Darcy Dawn and treats will accompany this event. This is the wine everyone is waiting for so come and get it! No cover.
Valentine's Sunday Brunch
Sunday, February 15, 2015, 11:30 AM seating
Enjoy a lovely Valentine's Sunday Brunch catered by Chef Mark Gresge of L'Etoile Catering of Charlottesville and featuring the beautiful harp music of Vicky Lee. The beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains serve as your scenic backdrop for this elegant date with your loved one. $50 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Limited seating, and advance reservations are required. For reservations please call 540-923-4206 or sign up on our website.
Music by the Fireside - Davis Bradley Duo
Saturday, February 28, 2015, 2-5 PM
Join us for live music in a cozy setting by the fire with local singer/songwriters Kathy Davis and Bradley Bishop. Enjoy their talented multi-instrumental acoustic blend of bluegrass, oldtime, and swing renditions of classics and originals (http://www.davisbradleyduo.com/). Wine tastings and light fare available for purchase. Come join the fun - a great way to relax! No cover.
St. Patty's Weekend Party with Music by Smokin' Trout
Saturday, March 14, 2015, 1-5 PM
Wear your green and join us for a touch of the Irish with the lyrical Celtic rock and ballad/bluegrass music of Smokin' Trout. Mama's Caboose food truck will be in the house too (well, next door). No cover.
Murder in the Vineyards!
Saturday, March 28, 2015, 6:30 PM seating
It's a Murder Mystery dinner and show at DuCard Vineyards. Can you solve the who-done-it? Come enjoy dinner (catered by the Madison Inn) and the show by Clever By Half Productions and see if you can sleuth your way to the answer better than Sherlock and your dinnermates. $75 per person, plus tax and gratuity (includes show, dinner and wine). 15% discount for Wine club members, of course. Limited seating, advance reservations required. This will be a truly unique experience that should not be missed. For reservations sign up on our website or call 540-923-4026.
Easter Egg Hunt and More
Saturday, April 4, 2015, 12-5 PM
What would Easter be without an Easter Egg hunt? Or maybe a visit by the Easter Bunny? We’ll have that and more along with live classic, soft rock, and contemporary music by Tim and Felicia Morris to entertain both young and old. You’ll be sure to find treats both inside and out, but just don’t get any egg on your face! This family event is guaranteed to be fun for all ages, so come join us for fun in the vineyard! Easter Egg Hunt starts at 1:00pm. No cover.
Cuvee 719 Release Party and Music on the Patio with Travis Elliott
Saturday, April 11, 2015, 2-5 PM
Today we'll be releasing the newest wine in our portfolio - Cuvee 719, a dry Traminette/Chardonnay blend that's both unusual and satisfying. Join us for live music on the patio also with the talented Travis Elliott. No cover charge.
Oyster Festival! Plus music by Hook & Bullet
Saturday, April 18, 2015, 12-6 PM
Oh yeah! Premium steamed and raw oysters and delicious crabcakes provided by the Rappahannock River Oyster Company will get your mouth watering just enough to enjoy a nice bottle of DuCard wine to wash it all down with! Throw in some awesome Americana, indy, folk, and roots by Hook & Bullet and some beautiful mountain and vineyard views, and you have a day made in heaven! Tickets are $10 in advance. Reserve your tickets on our website or pay $15 per person at the door. Wine Club Members FREE.
MORE 2015 Events POSTED SOON. Below is the balance of our calendar from last year.
Mother's Day Weekend Plant Sale
Saturday, May 10, 2014, 12-5 PM
Join us on the patio for our Mother's Day Weekend Plant Sale featuring locally grown organic plants sure to please the most precious mom ! We'll have herb baskets, fairy gardens, and more available for you to pick from. Choose a bottle of wine to pair with it; what mom wouldn't be pleased. No cover.
Mother's Day Sunday Wine Brunch
Sunday, May 11, 2014, 12:30, 2:30 and 4:30 seatings
Here's a great idea for treating Mom: relax in our barrel room with a gourmet brunch paired with DuCard wines. Brunch will be "tapas" style with small plates matched to specific wines. We'll have a rose for all Moms and will also include a fun sampling of wine that is currently aging in barrel. $29 per person, plus tax and gratuity. This is the kickoff weekend for our ongoing Barrel Room program. Seating is limited to 10 people per session, and advance reservations are required. 15% discount for Wine Club members, of course. Click here for reservations. Please join us.
WINEAPPALOOZA! Wine, Food & Crafts Festival
Saturday, May 17, 2014, 12-7 PM
It's baaaack. Our annual wine, music, food, crafts and just all around fun festival is back for all to enjoy. We'll have two powerhouse bands to entertain through out the day: Local Vocals and Scuffletown, along with an awesome menu of food from the local Pig & Steak Restaurant as well as numerous craft vendors with fabulous unique items for show and sale. Advance ticketing is closed; $15 at the door (includes DuCard logo wine glass). No charge for kids or dogs or designated drivers. Event is complimentary for Wine Club members. This is one event NOT TO MISS. (Open for 'regular' tastings too)
Memorial Day Sunday Party with Music by Jimmy Baranik
Sunday, May 25, 2014, 2-5 PM
Enjoy live music on the patio on Memorial Day Sunday, featuring local singer-songwriter Jimmy Baranik. A great way to spend the weekend in the mountains with hiking nearby, wine food, music and friends. Pets welcome too (always). No cover charge. Check our website for local B&Bs to complete the weekend.
Dog Days of Summer
Saturday, June 7, 2014, 12-6 PM
Come out and support the Madison County Animal Shelter with this great benefit fundraiser. Lovable pets will be available for adoption and live music from 2-5 by 2 Wishes will entertain the soul and Flavor Savor BBQ truck will be there to help feed it. Feel free to bring your own pets as well (leashed, please). Also on site will be glass artist Patty Sevre. A beautiful way to spend the day. No cover. Contributions to the Shelter appreciated.
Chocolate !! (and Wine)
Saturday, June 7, 2014, 12-6 PM
NEW, just added, for all you chocolate lovers out there. Noted DC chef Anh Thu Hoang is bringing her gourmet chocolates out to pair with a flight of our red wines, in the barrel room. Like the food and wine pairing program, it's limited seating, advance reservation. And will be fabulous. Reservations here.
Firnew Farm Art Show - "Voices of the Land" Exhibition
Sunday, June 8, 2014, 12-6 PM
This annual art show is presented by the Firnew Farm Artists Circle, and this year features a beautiful short documentary film screening about a notable local farmer and his multiple generation dairy operation. Live music and nibbles will be on hand as we enjoy the beauty of the mountains, local art and DuCard wines. No cover charge.
Father's Day - Cigar Pairings, Music and Wine Specials
Sunday, June 15, 2014, 12-5 PM
Come join our friends from Panacea Cigar Company as they show us how to pair cigars with wine. Enjoy live music by John Tracy. Wine and cigar combo specials will also be offered. Treat Dear Old Dad to a day of wine, music and stogies. No cover charge, but do pick up his tab. Feel free to bring a picnic too (always, at DuCard) - we do have local snacks available though. No cover charge.
Lawn Game Olympics
Saturday, June 21, 2014, 12 - 5 PM
Come test your talents on the lawn. This day will be full of fun games and competitions on the lawn, ranging from sack races, corn hole, egg toss, three-legged races, spin the bat and more. Are you up for the challenge? Bring your friends and family and see just how much of an Olympian you are. No cover.
Vertical Tasting in the Barrel Room plus Gina Sobel on the Patio
Saturday, June 28, 2014, 1:30, 3:00 and 4:30 PM
One day only, we will be tasting multiple prior vintages of our Popham Run Red - back to the 2005 vintage and all the way through the 2013 that is still in barrel. It promises to be great fun to see how our wines have evolved over time, and the differences from vintage to vintage. The very limited inventory of these library wines will be available for purchase - "while supplies last." Limited seating and advance reservations required - sign up here. We will also be open, of course, for regular "walk in" wine tastings and will have our friend, the multi-talented Gina Sobel performing on the patio (no cover charge).
Pre-fireworks Party at DuCard
Friday, July 4, 2014, 3 PM to dusk
Come celebrate Independence Day at DuCard and enjoy live music by Yankee Dixie - an original blend of folk, bluegrass and Americana - plus BBQ and other food for sale, wine and fun. We'll be open late so you can head straight over to Graves Mountain Lodge for their great fireworks display (free) five minutes down the road. Family, friends and pets welcome; bring your own picnic too ! No cover charge.
Jazz and Blues Festival !
Saturday, July 12, 2014, 12-6 PM
We'll have some cool jazz and blues on a hot summer day at DuCard, with mountain streams, shaded patios, and chilled wines to help you cool down and enjoy. We're pleased to present two great jazz and blues bands for your entertainment, and great New Orleans Cuisine from Fellini's of Charlottesville. $10 in advance (finished now) or $15 at the door, including a DuCard logo wine glass to use and take home. . No charge for kids or dogs. 15% discount for Wine Club members. A share of the proceeds will be donated to the George Melvin Educational Fund which provides help to students interested in jazz.
Music on the Patio with Paulo Franco
Saturday, July 26, 2014, 2-5 PM
Local singer-songwriter Paulo Franco makes a return visit to entertain us with his unique blend of folk, country and rock. Join us as we drink in the scenery and enjoy the relaxation that our beautiful venue provides. Pets, picnics and friends welcome ! No cover.
Stonewall Jackson's 2nd Corps: March on DuCard
Saturday, August 2, 2014, 1-5 PM (march at 2 PM sharp)
For all you Civil War buffs and wine lovers, we again commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Civil War with the release of our limited edition 2nd Corps wine. Come see re-enactors march through the vineyards, drill, interact, camp and demand their wine! A sight not to be missed, and don't forget your camera. Great education for the kids too. Pack your picnic or pick up food at our tasting room.
Sunday, August 10, 2014, 6 PM - ??
It's time for our 5th Annual HOWL at the Moon (rising) Party. Come enjoy moon tunes and great wine as we await the rising of the harvest moon after sunset. Bring a pot luck dish to share. We'll stay open late so everyone can eat, drink and yeah, howl at the full moon to celebrate life in Virginia Wine Country.
Beat the Heat Festival at DuCard - featuring Beleza Brasil
Chocolate !! (and Wine)
Saturday, August 16, 2014, 12-6 PM
It's HOT! So come on out and Beat the Heat with us at DuCard with some cool wines, mountain streams and shaded patios. And what better music to celebrate with than hot licks from the sexy samba soulful duo of Beleza Brasil. Lawn games and other fun stuff plus local food available for purchase, vineyard and winery tours, and more. No admission/cover charge and we also have a fun free gift for everyone who comes out.
Saturday, August 23, 2014, 12-6 PM
We're doing it again, just like in June (a big hit). For all you chocolate lovers out there, noted DC chef Anh Thu Hoang is bringing her gourmet chocolates out to pair with a flight of our red wines, in the barrel room. Like the food and wine pairing program, it's limited seating, advance reservation. And will be fabulous. Reservations here.
Vertical Tasting in the Barrel Room
Saturday, August 30, 2014, 12, 2 and 4 PM
For the first time ever at DuCard we'll be tasting all the historical vintages of our Cabernet Franc wine, including the latest vintage still in barrel. It promises to be great fun to see how our wines have evolved over time and the differences from vintage to vintage. The very limited inventory of these library wines will be available for purchase ... "while supplies last." Limited seating and advance reservations required. Reserve your spot here . We will also be open, of course, for regular "walk in" wine tastings.
Labor Day Weekend Party
Sunday, August 31, 2014, 12-5 PM
Looking for some fun and relaxation over the long weekend? Come out to DuCard on Sunday and enjoy the beautiful mountain views, babbling brook, live music on the patio with Mattie Fuller (2-5) and delicious wines. What a great way to spend the day! Bring a picnic, pets, and friends. No cover charge.
Music on the Patio with Ben Mason
Saturday, September 6, 2014, 2-5 PM
Join us for the award winning pop/rock music of local singer-songwriter Ben Mason as he entertains us with his years of great tunes Ben has been making beautiful music since the '60s and still produces music today. We've got the wine if you've got the time, so make sure to be here to enjoy it with us. No cover.
Winemaker's Sunday Wine Brunch
Sunday, September 14, 2014, 11:30 AM seating
Harvest season will be the theme for this gourmet event featuring catered local cuisine. We'll enjoy an elegant meal paired with DuCard wines, plus music provided by harpist Vicky Lee. A great fall celebration with a briefing on the 2014 harvest too. Limited seating and advance reservations required. $49 per person, plus tax and gratuity. 15% discount for Wine Club members, of course. Click here to make your reservations. The menu is here. We will also be open for 'walk in' tastings.
Music on the Patio with Curtis Prince
Saturday, September 20, 2014, 2-5 PM
Join us as Curtis Prince returns to DuCard. We are proud to have been the first local winery to book Curtis, and he's now a fixture around the area. Wine tastings and light fare available for purchase. We've got the wine if you've got the time, so we look forward to seeing you. No cover charge.
Oyster Festival at DuCard - plus Music by Alan Gant
Saturday, September 27, 2014, 12-5 PM
Oh, yeah, this is the second oyster festival of the year at DuCard - so much fun. Premium steamed and raw oysters plus delicious crab-cakes from the Rappahannock River Oyster Company will pair great with our Viognier and Gibson Hollow White wines. Throw in an awesome blend of originals, retro, classic, contemporary and pop by Alan Gant (1-5 PM) plus our great mountain views and you have a day made in heaven. Sameday tickets $15 at the door, and include a DuCard logo wine glass. . No charge for kids or designated drivers. NO CHARGE for Wine Club members. Also on site will be local glass artist Patty Sevve and DC artisan chocolatier Anh Thu Hoang. PS open for 'regular' tastings too, in separate winery area.
Wings Over Wine Country
Sunday, September 28, 2014, 1-5 PM
Representatives from the Virginia Wildlife Center will be here to showcase some 'ambassadors' (big birds - hawks, owls, maybe an eagle) for an up close and personal look and to talk about their efforts to rehabilitate injured wildlife. Donations gratefully accepted, and all donations will be matched by DuCard. No cover charge.
Fall Family Fun Day
Saturday, October 4, 2014 12-6 PM
With lots of lawn games and other activities, this is always a blast so be sure to bring out the whole family. There will be local food available for purchase and live music on the patio for your entertainment. With the great fall weather and harvest time in the vineyard this is a great time to be out in the mountains. No cover charge.
Graves Mountain Harvest Festival - next door
Saturday-Sunday, October 4-5, 11-12 and 18-19, 2014 10-4 PM
Our neighbors will be having their popular annual festival on three weekends this year. Visit them for hayrides, apples, country crafts and more - and drop by DuCard too while you're in the neighborhood.
Music on the Patio with Robert Jospe Trio plus vineyard tours
Saturday, October 11, 2014, 2-5 PM
Come join us for music on the patio as the Robert Jospe Trio shares with us their talented blend of classic jazz, blues and fusion. Enjoy the great fall weather with us at the peak of the harvest season. We'll tour the vineyard and review the status of the grapes, at 2 and 4 PM. Bring a picnic, bring the dog. No cover charge.
Music on the Patio featuring Radio Kaizman - Live, from Lyon, France
Saturday, October 18, 2014, 2-5 PM
That's right, this eight piece brass band from Lyon, France kicks off their 2014 US tour at DuCard Vineyards. With an eclectic blend of New Orleans, swing, and Latin sounds this group is sure to inspire you. Come on out and show your support, take a tour in the vines, and enjoy some of the best wines that Virginia has to offer.
Fall Harvest and Leaf Peep Festival
Saturday, October 25, 2014, 12-6 PM
It's that time of year again. Leaves are changing, the harvest is in, and we're celebrating the season with a party! We'll have rollicking great live music by Yankee Dixie and Scuffletown from 12-6, local food for sale, vineyard tours, local glass artist Patty Sevre and more. Come out and enjoy the fun.
Music on the Patio with 2 Wishes plus winery tours
Saturday, November 1, 2014, 1-4 PM
Come and see 2 Wishes play a mix of jazz, oldies, and originals to entertain you on the patio. We'll also have tours of the vineyard and winery at 2 and 4 PM. Bring out your whole group and make a day of it at DuCard. Local food available for purchase too, including cheese, sausage, baguettes and other munchies. Family friendly and pets welcome, too. No cover charge.
Live! Music on the Patio featuring Haze and Dacey
Saturday, November 8, 2014, 2-5 PM
It's often unseasonably warm on this first November weekend, so we'll again have live music on the patio, featuring Haze and Dacey with their variety of folk, alt-country, roots-rock and swing, plus wine tastings and local food of course. Come join us and get a full report on harvest we'll just be completing. No cover charge.
Veterans Day Special - Complimentary Tastings
Monday, November 10, 2014, all day
On this Monday holiday we honor our military service personnel, active duty, reserves and retired, and their guests with complimentary tastings. It's our way to say thank you for your service. Ourfriends from Panacea will be here to help you pair a Domincan with our wines too.
Music on the Patio with Tom Guidice and Friends
Saturday, November 22, 2014, all day
Tom has been performing at DuCard now for several years and we loved him so much we hired him in the tasting room too! Today Tom and his friends share with us their great blend of talents and love of music. Come join us on the patio (or by the fireside) for a lovely afternoon of wine, music and beautiful fall scenery. Light fare available for purchase too. No cover charge.
Black Friday Party
Friday, November 28, 2014, 11-6 PM
Had enough of shopping and crowds? Take a break to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet of the mountains with a great bottle of wine. Aaahhhh ... but hey if you still have to do some shopping, all our merchandise will be on sale 20% off just for you. See you then. No cover.
Customer Appreciation Day
Saturday, December 13, 2014, all day
That's every day for us, really. But today we'll have our last live music for the year, featuring our good buddy Mattie Fuller from 2-5 PM, merchandise on sale and some special gifts for everyone who stops by. Thank you for your support !