– Upcoming Events: 2015 Calendar –
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 a four-course dinner (catered by the Madison Inn) and wines paired with each course, 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 with each course). 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 (menu posted there too) sign up on our website or call 540-923-4206.
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 music by Hook & Bullet from 1-5 pm, 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.
Music on the Patio with Ben Mason
Saturday, May 2, 2-5 PM
Join us for the award-winning pop-rock music of local singer-songwriter Ben Mason as he entertains us with years of great tunes. Ben has been making beautiful music since the ‘60s and still produces music today. Wine tastings and light fare available for purchase. Come join the fun & a great way to relax! No cover.
Mother’s Day Weekend Plant Sale and Music by Mattie Fuller
Saturday, May 9, 12-5 PM
Join us with mom on Mother’s Day weekend for music on the patio with house favorite Mattie Fuller. We’ll also be hosting a Plant Sale featuring plants from the Madison Garden Club — sure to please the most precious mom! Choose a bottle of wine to pair with the event and what mom wouldn’t be pleased with that! No cover.
Mother’s Day Sunday Brunch
Sunday May 10, 11:30 AM
Enjoy a pampered and relaxing Sunday Brunch catered by the Madison Inn Restaurant and featuring the lovely harp music of Vicky Lee. The beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains serve as your scenic backdrop for this elegant outing. $50 per person, plus tax and gratuity. 15% discount for Wine Club members. Limited seating, and advance reservations are required. 72 hr. cancellation policy applies. For reservations visit our website or call 540-923-4206
Saturday, May 16, 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 throughout the day: The 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! $10 fee in advance or $15 at the door (includes DuCard logo wine glass). Buy your tickets our website or in the tasting room. Pets and families welcome! This is one event NOT TO MISS! (Open for “regular” tastings too!)
Memorial Day Saturday Party with Music on the Patio by Smokin’ Trout
Saturday, May 23, 2-5 PM
We just love the Celtic rock, bluegrass, and fun lovin’ music style of these guys, so we had to bring ‘em back for the big weekend! We’ve got the wine if you’ve got the time, so make sure to be here to enjoy it with us! No cover.
Memorial Day Sunday Party with Music by Araña y Compás
Sunday, May 24, 2-5 PM
Enjoy live music on the patio on Memorial Day Sunday, featuring Spanish-/Latin-/Flamenco-style music by
Araña y Compás. What a great way to spend the weekend in the mountains with hiking nearby, wine, food, music, and friends. Pets and picnics welcome too! No cover.
Dog Days of Summer
Saturday, June 6, 12-6 PM
Come on out and support the Madison County Animal Shelter with this great fundraiser! Bring your pooch to participate in some fun contests including best costume! Lovable pets will be available for adoption. Live music from 2-5pm by Kat and the Travelers will entertain the soul. Feel free to bring your own pets (leashed, please). No cover, but donations welcomed.
Chocolate and Wine Pairing PLUS Music on the Patio
Saturday, June 13, 12:30-6 PM
For all you chocolate lovers out there, noted DC chef Anh Thu Hoang is bringing her gourmet chocolates to pair with a flight of our red wines, in the private barrel room. Like the food and wine pairing program, there’s limited seating (4 seating times available: 12:30, 2, 3:30, and 5pm), advance reservation required. $30 per person. It will be fabulous. Advance register on our website or call 540-923-4206. For your entertainment on the patio, we’ll have music by the Charlottesville Municipal Band’s Rivanna Winds and Brass Quintet from 2-5pm.
Father’s Day Cigar & Wine Pairing
Sunday, June 21, 12-5 PM
Come join us on Father's Day as our friends from Panacea Cigar Company help pair their fine cigars with our wines, and provide cigar appreciation and education as well. Combo specials of cigars and wines will also be available. We'll also have great music by local singer-songwriter Paulo Franco, who makes a return visit to entertain us with his unique blend of folk, country, and rock. Treat dad to a day of wine, music, and cigars! No cover.
Norton Vertical Tasting in the Barrel Room and Music by Mattie Fuller
Saturday, June 27, 12-5 PM
Once again for all you Norton fans, we’ll be tasting many of the vintages of our Norton wine — back to our first mini bottling of 2005 wine through the new 2014 vintage that is still aging. 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; 4 separate sessions available; advance reservations required — $25 per person. Advance reservations available on our website or call 540-923-4206. And for your musical entertainment on the patio, we are featuring house favorite Mattie Fuller. No cover.
Saturday, July 4, 3 PM
Come celebrate Independence Day with us and enjoy music by Yankee Dixie — an original blend of folk, bluegrass, and Americana, BBQ for sale by the Pig & Steak Restaurant, wine, and fun! We’ll be open late so you can head straight over to Graves Mountain Lodge for its great fireworks display five minutes down the road. Family, friends, and pets welcome! No cover.
Music on the Patio with Maddi Sunshine and Leon Rector
Saturday, July 11, 2-5 PM
Local singer-songwriters Maddie Sunshine and Leon Rector make their first appearance here to treat us to their eclectic mix of soul, blues, and folk that makes them so unique and entertaining. Join us as we drink in the scenery and enjoy the relaxation that their music and this beautiful venue provide. Pets, picnics, and friends welcome! No cover.
Chocolate and Wine Pairing PLUS Music on the Patio
Saturday, July 18, 12:30-6 PM
For all you chocolate lovers out there- noted DC chef Anh Thu Hoang is bringing her gourmet chocolates to pair with a flight of our red wines, in the private barrel room. Like the food and wine pairing program, there’s limited seating (4 seating times available: 12:30, 2, 3:30, and 5pm), advance reservations required. $30 per person. And will be fabulous. For reservations check back here for reservations form or call 540-923-4206. And for your entertainment on the patio, we’ll have live music by Jacob Allen as well!
Music on the Patio with Caroline Glattly
Saturday, July 25, 2-5 PM
Join us for music on the patio with this local singer-songwriter who is spreading her wings farther into the music biz. Enjoy contemporary pop, country, soft rock, and blues by our own Caroline Glattly and have a cool glass of wine by the stream side. A match made in heaven! No cover.
Stonewall Jackson’s 2nd Corps: March on DuCard
Saturday, August 1, 1-6 PM (march at 2pm sharp)
For all you Civil War buffs and wine lovers, we again commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Civil War with the release of our 2nd Corps wine. Come see re-enactors from Stonewall Jackson’s 2nd Corps brigade march through the vineyards, drill, interact, camp, and demand their wine! A sight not to be missed, and don’t forget your cameras! Great education for the kids too! Pack your picnics and join us for the fun! No cover.
Beat the Heat Festival — Featuring Yankee Dixie
Saturday, August 15, 12-6 PM
It’s HOT! So come on out and Beat the Heat with us at DuCard Vineyards with some cool wines, mountain streams and shaded patios. And what better music with which to celebrate than the hot licks of country, bluegrass and Americana by Yankee Dixie and Tara Mills! Lawn games and other fun stuff plus local food available for purchase, vineyard and winery tours, and more. No cover.
Vertical Tasting in the Barrel Room
Saturday, August 22, 12 - 5 PM
For the first time at DuCard, we’ll be tasting all of the vintages of our Petit Verdot wine including the latest vintage. 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; 4 separate sessions available; advance reservations required. $25 per person. Make reservations on our website or call 540-923-4206.
Music on the Patio with Alan Gant
Saturday, August 22, 2-5 PM
Join us for live music in a beautiful mountain setting with the awesome music blend of originals, retro, classic, contemporary, and pop by Alan Gant. Wine tastings and light fare available for purchase. Come join the fun — a great way to relax! No cover.
Music on the Patio with Haze and Dacey
Saturday, August 29, 2-5 PM
Come on out to the patio to enjoy the music of this acoustic duo as they play a variety of folk, alt-country, roots-rock, country-blues, and a hint of jazz and swing music. We’ve got the wine if you’ve got the time, so make sure to be here to enjoy it with us! No cover.
Sunday, September 6, 2-5 PM
Music on the Patio with Darcy Dawn
It’s Labor Day weekend, so time to kick back and join us — with no labor at all except for lifting a glass of wine and enjoying Darcy’s upbeat and unique musical style while relaxing on our streamside patio. Wine tastings and light fare available for purchase. Come join the fun — a great way to relax! No cover.
Music on the Patio with the Davis Bradley Duo
Saturday, September 12, 2-5 PM
Join us for the music of local singer-songwriters Kathy Davis and Bradley Bishop. Enjoy their talented multi-instrumental acoustic blend of bluegrass, old-time, and swing renditions of classics and originals. Wine tastings and light fare available for purchase. Come join the fun — a great way to relax. We’ve got the wine if you’ve got the time, so make sure to be here to enjoy it with us! No cover.
Music on the Patio by Brianna.
Saturday, September 19, 2-5 PM
Join us for live music on the patio with one of the youngest talented local singer-songwriters around: Brianna!. Wine tastings and light fare available for purchase. We’ve got the wine if you’ve got the time, so make sure to be here to enjoy it with us! No cover.
Fall Oyster Festival with Music by Kat and the Travelers
Saturday, September 26, 12-5 PM
Oh yeah! Premium steamed and raw oysters and delicious crab cakes provided by the Rappahannock River Oyster Co. will get your mouth watering just enough to enjoy a nice bottle of DuCard Viognier with which to wash it all down. Throw in an awesome blend of originals, swing, vintage jazz, blues, and boogie by Kat and the Travelers from 1 to 5pm and some beautiful mountain and vineyard views, and you have a day made in heaven! Entry tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Check back later for reservations form or call 540-923-4206. Price includes entry and keepsake logo glass ONLY.
Sunday, September 27, 6:00 PM-??
It’s time for our 6th 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 with your neighbors. We’ll stay open late so everyone can eat, drink, and, yeah, howl at the full moon to celebrate life in the vineyard! No cover.
Fall Family Fun Day and Music on the Patio
Saturday, October 3, 12-6 PM
Our Family Fun Day is always a blast so be sure to bring out the whole family for lots of fun and games with us! There will be music by Tim & Felicia Morris and food available for purchase. With the great fall weather and harvest time in the vineyard, it’s a family day made in heaven! No cover.
Graves Mountain Harvest Festival - next door
Saturday-Sunday, October 3-4, 10-11 and 17-18, 2015 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 Hook & Bullet, and Tours at 2 and 4pm
Sunday, October 11, 2-5 PM
Come join us for music on the patio with Hook & Bullet as they share with us their talented blend of awesome Americana, indy, folk, and roots music. Enjoy the great fall weather with us as we start to wrap up harvest season; bring a picnic, pets, and friends! No cover.
Music on the Patio with 2 Wishes
Saturday, October 17, 2-5 PM
Come see 2 Wishes play a mix of jazz, oldies, and originals to entertain you on the patio. We’ll also have tours at 2 and 4pm. Bring friends and neighbors and join us for this fun day at the vineyard! No cover.
Fall Harvest & Leaf Peep Festival
Saturday, October 24, 11 AM - 6 PM
It’s that time of year again! The leaves are changing, the harvest is in, and we’re celebrating the season with a party! We’ll have rollicking great live music from Smokin’ Trout and Scuffletown from 12-6pm, local BBQ and burgers for sale from Pig & Steak Restaurant, vineyard tours, and more. Come join the fun! No cover.
Winemaker’s Fall Harvest Sunday Wine Brunch
Sunday, November 1, 11:30 AM
Harvest season will be the theme for this gourmet event featuring catered local cuisine by l’Etoile Catering in Charlottesville. You’ll enjoy an elegant meal paired with DuCard wines, plus music through brunch with harpist Vicky Lee. A great fall day celebration. Limited seating; advance reservations required. $50 per person plus tax & gratuity. 15% discount for Wine Club members. For reservations visit our website or call 540-923-4206. Yes, we can handle vegetarian and other special requests made in advance.
Music on the Patio with Tom Guidice
Saturday, November 7, 2-5 PM
Tom Guidice has been performing at DuCard for several years, and we love him so much we even hired him for the tasting room! Today, Tom will share his great blend of talent 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. Wine tastings and light fare available for purchase. Pets welcome too! No cover.
Veteran’s Day Special — Complimentary tastings
Monday, November 9, 11 AM - 6 PM
Today we honor our service personnel and their guests with complimentary tastings! A tasty way to say thank you and a relaxing way to spend the day. No cover.
Music on the Patio with Erin Lunsford
Saturday, November 14, 2-5 PM
Come see Erin Lunsford with her soulful voice blend her way through folk, blues, and country melodies on the patio. Erin won the Paramount Idol contest in Charlottesville several years ago and her singer-songwriter skills are really taking off. Bring friends and neighbors and join us for this fun day at the vineyard! No cover.
Music by the Fireside with John Tracy
Saturday, November 21, 2-5 PM
As the chill in the air increases we crank up the fireplace inside just for you. Come join us for wine and music by John Tracy. A lovely way to spend the day in the country. No cover.
Black Friday Party
Friday, November 27, 11 AM - 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. Aaahhhhh...But hey, if you still have to do some shopping, all our merchandise will be on sale 20% off just for you! Don’t miss it! No cover.
Customer Appreciation Day
Saturday, December 5, 12-6 PM
As the year draws to a close, we take this opportunity to say Thank You to all our customers for all your support. We’ll have live music by Mattie Fuller from 2 to 5pm, merchandise on sale, and special gifts for everyone. Please join us as we raise a toast to you! No cover.
Wine Club Special Event
Sunday, December 13, 12-5 PM
For Wine Club Members Only. Come meet the owner and winemaker at DuCard and discuss what is happening at the winery, experience a private barrel tasting, enjoy tasty hors d’oeuvres and special music, and mix and mingle with other Wine Club members. No fee, but reservations required as space is limited.