I visited Early Mountain Vineyards on my way home from Central Virginia. This lavish establishment, funded by internet billionaire Steve Case, has open acres of vine-covered land, old farm buildings, and an impressive brand-new wine castle. There are gardens filled with flowers that attract huge butterflies, and paved courts for events and weddings. A wedding went on while I was drawing the castle, and the bride and groom posed for pictures in front of this old barn. Despite it being an old wooden barn missing some boards, it had been perfectly restored with not an old tire or rusty farm implement in sight. The wine was excellent and the tasting manager offered me many more sips than the original menu listed.
Pitt brown fine point technical pen on sketchbook page, 7" x 5", August 11, 2013.