My first Blue Ridge winery visit was to Afton Mountain Vineyards, one of the oldest wineries in Virginia. As with most vineyards, it was situated in a beautiful environment; their motto is "Grapes don't grow in ugly places." Their buildings, unlike the woodsy stone-and-wood style which is typical of wineries, are built in a Frank Lloyd Wright style complete with stucco and red roofs with overhanging eaves, as you can see from my ink sketch. The wines, created by a European-imported winemaker, all have a gentler taste than usual, at least in my opinion. It was interesting to me to see this common quality in all the different varieties. I am not yet a Wine Expert so I am only speaking from my own experience.
Afton Mountain view is colored pencil and technical pen on sketchbook page, about 8" x 10", August 15, 2012. Click on the image for a larger view.