The phrase journey normally doesn’t come to thoughts whenever you consider wine tasting. You understand how you normally simply drive as much as a vineyard in a automobile? So boring. What for those who may kayak as much as a vineyard whereas taking in some attractive views? Effectively, on Virginia’s lovely and quaint Jap Shore you’ll be able to.
So what is that this kayak and wine journey all about?
“Paddle Your Glass Off” is a guided kayak and wine tour hosted by an organization known as Southeast Expeditions in partnership with Chatham vineyards. You’ll spend an exquisite day paddling on the Chesapeake Bay after which cease alongside the way in which for a glass (or two) of award-winning Church Creek wine at Chatham Vineyards and Vineyard. How superior does that sound?
The tour begins on the banks of Nassawadox Creek within the distant village of Bayford, VA. After a mini paddling lesson, you’ll journey south in the direction of Church Creek taking within the pure surrounding magnificence, recognizing Jap Shore wildlife and listening to some fascinating tales in regards to the space.
Once you arrive on the shores of Chatham Vineyards, you’ll pull your kayak on land after which head over to Chatham’s tasting room for some scrumptious Church Creek wine and a behind-the-scenes tour of the ability.
After the wine tasting, you’ll be able to loosen up for a bit at one of many tables overlooking the winery whereas having fun with your wine. Native cheese and bread plates are additionally obtainable. In spite of everything that paddling you deserve it. After you’ve completed your wine you’ll get again in your kayak and paddle your means again to the place you began your journey.
The tour is $89 per paddler which incorporates the information, boat, gear and Chatham vineyard expertise. Plus you get a complimentary bottle of wine for each two paddlers! First-time kayakers are welcome and inspired.
Wine and kayak excursions run day by day from March by way of December. Superior reservations by way of Southeast Expeditions are required. To ebook a “Paddle Your Glass Off” kayak and wine tour or to only study somewhat extra go to their web site SoutheastExpeditions.com
How Did Chatham Vineyards and Vineyard Begin?
Owned and operated by Jon Wehner and his spouse, Mills, Chatham has been a working farm for over 4 centuries. A second-generation winegrower Jon discovered in regards to the artwork of rising grapes from his dad and mom who operated Nice Falls Winery in Nice Falls, Virginia for over thirty years. Since 1999, greater than twenty acres of French vinifera varietals have been planted together with Merlot, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit Verdot. The vineyard was constructed in 2005 and at the moment produces between 3,000 to five,000 circumstances yearly.
What’s The Historical past Behind Chatham?
The land at Chatham Vineyards lies alongside Church Creek which was patented again in 1640 and has been a working farm for over 4 centuries. Driving into Chatham vineyard you’re taken down a protracted grime street surrounded by attractive grape vines. On the finish of that street, you’ll be able to’t assist however discover an exquisite Federal-period brick home known as Chatham that was inbuilt 1818 by a person named Main Scarborough Pitts. It was named for William Pitt, the Earl of Chatham and pal of the American Revolution. The property additionally accommodates historic outbuildings, barns and two early 1900s houses on the property which were lately renovated. One of many houses, a 1915 farmhouse is a 3 bedroom 2 baths obtainable for visitors to hire. It will make the proper retreat for a calming and romantic Jap Shore getaway.
If want to skip the journey and head straight to the wine tasting go to….
Chatham Vineyards & Vineyard
9232 Chatham Rd, Machipongo, VA 23405
Open Every day from 10 am to five pm (April – December)
Closed on Tuesday & Wednesdays (January – March)
Tasting Charge: $5/individual