Ending our stretch of three weddings over Labor Day we celebrated Mallory and Kurt! We knew we were going to fall in love with them when they first walked into our office…we were right! The couple was so unique and their wedding showcased that. They brought personal touches to every element of their decorations which truly made it a one of a kind day. The bride, dressed in ivory lace, was so bubbly and happy throughout the entire day. With a flower crown on top of her head she frolicked around the vineyard both before and after the ceremony simply in bliss! Her ceremony in front of the fountain made for the perfect backdrop for the couple, their guests, and their little dog too. It’s a well-known fact that we welcome dogs here at Keswick, and we especially loved how theirs was the first to greet mommy and daddy after the ceremony! Following ceremony guests were greeted into cocktail hour by the tunes of a bluegrass band, Whiskey Rebellion. The group serenaded their guests with acoustics and kick started the initial dancing for this crowd! The couple also had a signature Cajun Lemonade cocktail from Southern Inn Catering, an absolutely delicious spiked lemonade for a breezy September day! Homemade touches were found throughout her entire wedding including hand jarred raw local honey for her guest favors. Such a sweet touch! Congratulations to Mallory and Kurt!
Special thank you to the following vendors for helping create this special day. Wedding planner, Charlotte Geddy. Officiant, Tom Beatty and Kendall Pearson. Catering, Southern Inn Catering. Desserts, Sweethaus. DJ, Andy Wilfong with Party Master Entertainment. Cocktail hour music, Whiskey Rebellion. Videographer/Photography, Blue Box Photography. Makeup, Billie Jo Fulk with Mary Kay. Hair, Emily Glick. Florist, Foxtail Cottage Floral. Transportation, Albemarle Limousine.
Is there a doctor in the house? PLENTY! This wedding had ever kind of medical professional you could image in attendance and they held true to the good old work hard play hard mentality! This group was a ball full of energy and it radiated through their entire crowd. Guests were greeted with a spiked lemonade stand courtesy of Harvest Moon Catering, followed by a beautiful vineyard ceremony. A raw oyster bar was the headliner for this couples cocktail hour with a magnificent ice sculpture display. Such a fun interactive treat! Cheers, hoots, and constant laughter with dancing were how they continued all the way through the night. The group was all about having the best time together with family and friends and it showed. The dance floor stayed full with the help of DJ Andy Wilfong and adults and kids alike kept the spirits alive! To end the evening guests were treated with a late night snack of sliders and old bay tater tots before sending the newlyweds and their guest off with our favorite sparkler send off. Congratulations to Katie and Patrick! Cheers!
Special thanks to our vendors for making this such a memorable night. Day of Coordinator, Angelica with Keswick Vineyards. Officiant, Pastor Joe Vought. Caterer, Harvest Moon Catering. Desserts, Albemarle Bakery. DJ, Andy Wilfong. Ceremony Music, Madison Trio. Photographer, Robert Radifera Photography. Videographer, Josh Hall Media. Hair & Makeup, Avenue 42. Florist, Sandy with Verde Natural Floral. Transportation, Newton Bus Company.
To kick start our Labor Day weekend of weddings we celebrated Courtney and Matt’s marriage. These two have been together for years and it showed with their love. As a part of their ceremony they tied together ropes which symbolized the strength of their love and relationship. Lining down the ceremony aisle the father handmade wooden signs with one of our personal favorite bible verses from Corinthians. After the ceremony was concluded the party went off with a bang! Immediately the couple and their guests alike were ready and eager to celebrate Courtney and Matt’s love with the help of DJ Greg Tutwiler. Dressed in navy and coral the Sperry tent shined last night with bistro lights to sparkle the night away. The families couldn’t have been more excited as they joined together as one and it certainly showed!
Special thanks to our vendors for making the night so wonderful. Day of Coordinator, Cali Christopher. Officiant, Reggie Tuck. Caterer, Groovin’ Gourmets. Desserts, Buttercream Dream. DJ, Greg Tutwiler. Photography, Cheryl Moore Photography, Hair, Jennifer Caldwell. Florist, Gloriosa. Transportation, Albemarle Limousine.
Congratulations to Cara and Jacob who were married amongst the vines at Keswick Vineyards on Saturday, August 29th. The couple met during their college years at Radford University here in Virginia but had always been in love with the vineyard life. As they say…once in love with the mountains, always in love with the mountains! The flowers by Sandy from Verde Natural Floral were picture perfect, as always. Their color scheme of navy, blush, and gold made for an elegant affair which always compliments Keswick Vineyards so perfectly. Their harpist playing in the background was a nice touch to this as well! The couple chose to make homemade infused rosemary olive oil as favors for their guests. This is a first we’ve seen and it truly was such a sweet touch. Delicious dinner by Harvest Moon and dancing to follow this crowd thoroughly enjoyed such a perfect summer night!
Thank you to the following vendors: Harvest Moon Catering, Officiant Gay Lee Einstein, Desserts by Sweethaus, DJ Dennis Payne, Photographer Sarah Goodwin Photography, Hair & Make-up by Studio FBJ, Flowers by Verde Natural Floral, Transportation by Albemarle Limousine, and Event Planner Becca Bees.
Well, I knew this wedding was going to be a fun one but I had no idea I was in for a treat with the UVA Cav Man making a surprise visit for Kim & Jon’s wedding at Keswick Vineyards on Friday, August 28th. With both Kim & Jon being UVA graduates and choosing orange and blue to be their wedding colors, I guess it was only natural for the Cav Man to be here. Jon is from Texas and Kim is from Singapore. They met when they both were attending UVA. I love how they incorporated that into a custom made map that guests would sign. It showed where each of them were from and then it connected the dots to Virginia to form a heart. They had cowboy boots to add to the décor on that table which they later wore to dance in. Kim & Jon’s wedding ceremony was held at the UVA Chapel. The guys were taken there in style in a super stretch Hummer limousine. Jon had each of the groomsmen bow ties monogrammed for them. I thought that was a nice touch. Cody, from Amore Events, did a beautiful job with all the flowers and the rest of the décor. The combination of Kim’s dress and the bouquet Cody made for her: AMAZING!!!!
As soon as the guests arrived they were treated to Kim & Jon’s signature drink of Sangria’s made with Keswick Vineyards Les Vents d’Anges Chardonnay and Norton wines. Delicious food also awaited them prepared by Roadside Chive. Some homemade desserts were made by family friends along with a wedding cake by Butter Cream Dream. What a treat it was to try some Chinese bacon for a dessert. Yummy! Each guests got a box of fudge to take with them from Kim & Jon’s favorite local chocolatier, The Chocolate Shop.
Thanks to the following vendors for a wonderful job: Event Planner & Florist Cody from Amore Events, Catering by Roadside Chive, Wedding Cake by Butter Cream Dream, DJ Derek Austin from Richmond, Photographer Ashley Cox Parsley Photography, Transportation by Blue Ridge Tours & A&A Limo, Hair by Brianna Adams and Make-up by Susan Kim.
August 25, 2015
Keswick Vineyards Wins in China
Keswick Vineyards’ 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve has just been recognized with an important Gold medal at the biggest and most prestigious wine and spirits competition in China, the CWSA.
The heavyweight blind tasting held in Hong Kong resulted in Keswick Vineyards being rewarded alongside famous brands including Scotland’s HAIG CLUB (David Beckham and Simon Fuller); Australia’s Wolf Blass and Peter Lehmann; France’s Bernard Magrez and Les Grand Chais de France; Italy’s Feundo Arancio and Cantine San Marzano; New Zealand’s Saint Clair and Marisco; South Africa’s Distell and La Motte Wine Estate and Spain’s Williams and Humbert and Rioja Vega.
“We are honored to have our 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon be recognized as a World Class wine amongst 35 participating countries. Virginia is making a name for itself not just in the USA but worldwide. We are even more excited about the vintages that we are aging and have not released,” says owner of Keswick Vineyards, Al Schornberg.
Winemaker and Vineyard Manager, Stephen Barnard, adds, “This is in part a small validation that we are on the right track in realizing our dream of making world class Cabernet. With Virginia not known as a Cabernet Sauvignon favorable climate and area, this international recognition is something we can all be proud of. Having just bottled our 2013 Vintage, and while our 14 matures in barrel, we are confident those wines will continue the success of our wonderful 2010”.
The CWSA Judges traveled from each corner of Hong Kong, China and Taiwan to attend the blind tasting, selected from the most prominent sommeliers, hoteliers, retailers, importers, and distributors from throughout the region. They are the country's leading buyers and are responsible for sales of 50 million bottles of wine and spirits per year.
CWSA Judges reported the standard of wines and spirits was the highest ever seen before.
NOTABLE KESWICK VINEYARDS CABERNET SAUVIGNON PAST AWARDS:
2010 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve
· Gold/93 Points – 2014 San Francisco International Wine Competition
· Gold – 2013 & 2015 Virginia Governor’s Cup
· Gold – 2014 San Diego International Wine Competition
· Gold – 2014 Indy International Wine Competition
2009 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve
· Double Gold – 2012 San Francisco International Wine Competition
· Gold – 2012 Virginia Governor’s Cup
2007 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate Reserve
· 2009 Governor’s Cup Winner & Gold Medal
For further images see link here: http://www.cwsa.org/medal-and-press-images/
Full results on http://www.cwsa.org/cwsa-2015-results/
For further information or interview, contact:
Stephen Barnard, Winemaker & Vineyard Manager
Jacqueline Rullman, Public Relations Manager
Traditionally here at Keswick Vineyards we have happy couples come to us excited and newly engaged. They take the typical one year journey into their planning process and leave on their big day as newlyweds beginning to embark on one of the greatest journeys of life. Our wedding this past weekend mixed up this routine with us and it was wildly refreshing. Sam and Trish had been married for years prior to coming to see us. Both of them being active duty in the military, they never fully had the opportunity to host their dream wedding…until recently! We’ve had this wedding on our calendar (with many different dates) for quite some time. Deployments and their duties for our country seemed to always push back their date further and further, but this year on August 15th they finally were able to come together and have the vow renewal they have long dreamed for.
It was truly a family affair. Sam’s father officiated the ceremony because…well…it was already official! The couple re-declared their love with sweeping mountain views and the sun shining. Their cousin serenaded guests with the violin and even their Aunt contributed in making absolutely delicious desserts to send the crowd home with a sugar high! It was a celebration we’ve been greatly looking forward to and are so happy to have shared with them. Congratulations (again) to Sam and Trish Ryder! Special thanks to the following vendors for making the day so memorable: Event Planner Keswick Vineyards, Caterer Harvest Moon Catering, Florist Flowers by Natalie, DJ Dennis Payne with Playback DJ, Hair and Make-up Ave 42, Photographer Rebecca Keeling Studios, Transportation Albemarle Limousine, tent lighting by Skyline Tent Company.
Congratulations to Stephanie and Greg who officially tied the knot at Keswick Vineyards on Saturday, August 8th, and rang in their marriage with the Jewish traditional of breaking a glass by stomping on it! Mazal Tov! A humorous moment in their ceremony was when they both shared in sipping some wine from the same glass. Stephanie went first so when it was Greg’s turn he made sure he finished all the wine. Guests got a good chuckle when he did that. Never miss an opportunity to enjoy some good wine I guess! Their wedding day was already off to a great start with beautiful skies and a perfectly breezy day. The couple, having been together for many years, has been fortunate enough to travel the world together. They made tribute to this by having their guest tables named after the places they had been. We couldn’t have agreed with them more when we saw that they had chosen Charlottesville for their head table! Dressed in rich navy linens and beautiful flowers by Hedge Fine Blooms their tables were stunning and fit right in with their French chic theme. Their head table looked like it was set for a staged photo shoot. For an even more perfect touch they added bistro lighting underneath of the tent to have them dancing the night away “under the stars” (one of our favorite ways to dress the Sperry tent here at Keswick Vineyards!) We hope they continue to travel their way around the world and one day make their way back here to where their marriage started with us soon!
Thank you to the following vendors: Caterer & Day Of Coordinator Roadside Chive, DJ Andy Wilfong of Party Masters, Musician Peter Richardson, Paul Hariston Cinematography, Hedge Fine Blooms, Carpe Donut, UTS Charter Bus Services, Skyline Tent Company, Hair & Make-up by Brianna Adams and Officiants Samantha Pelstring & Sully Carter.
When Anna first came to Keswick Vineyards for a tour of the property, she knew immediately that this was the venue for them. We had a Saturday available in 2015 but it was only 4 ½ months away. Would she be able to organize a wedding within that time frame???? Of course, and she did! On Saturday, August 1st, Anna & Hutton were married and everything was just perfect! This just shows you that you don’t need a year or longer to pull off an exceptional wedding. Anna & Hutton arrived early at Keswick Vineyards to get ready for their ceremony which was off site at a local church. After the ceremony, guests enjoyed themselves on the East lawn of Edgewood Estate while sipping some award winning wines and appetizers. Corn hole games were also available for guests to enjoy while the couple got their portraits taken. Once cocktail hour was over, guests found their seat under the Sperry tent and enjoyed a delicious buffet dinner prepared by Southern Inn Catering. I love how Anna used an old window pane to display the menu. She put burlap cloth behind the glass so the writing would stand out more. Great idea! She also had for centerpieces bouquets of the same flower in mason jars with a ribbon tied around them. Very simple yet elegant. Besides a delicious dinner, guests enjoyed some homemade desserts and danced the night away. This wedding had the best ending that I have seen in 5 years. For the last song, DJ Frank Smith played “Lean On Me”. Just as the song started everyone, and I mean everyone, formed a giant circle around the dance floor and put their arms around each other and sang along with the music. Towards the end Anna & Hutton danced in the middle of the circle joined by their parents creating an inner circle. It was just such a beautiful way to close out the evening. And then when that song was over, everyone broke out into singing the UVA fight song. This was one of those weddings that you could just feel the closeness and love of everyone there.
Special thanks to the following vendors for doing such a fantastic job: Southern Inn Catering, DJ Frank Smith with Primetime Sound, Felisa Needham Photography, Videography by Solokoo Productions, Wedding Planner Megan McConnell and transportation by Albemarle Limousine.
Congratulations to Danielle & Michael who were married at Keswick Vineyards on Saturday, July 18th. These high school sweethearts finally tied the knot! They chose to have their ceremony up near the front fountain of Edgewood Estate with the vineyard and mountains as their background. I loved the floral arrangements that were hung on shepherd hooks on each side of the alter. The arrangements were done in little wine barrels! Their florist also made a wreath to go around the top lip of a wine barrel to dress up their unity candle. What a beautiful ceremony they had! After the ceremony guests enjoyed some cocktails and getting some pictures taken in a photo booth. Guests were entertained by the wedding party as they performed a group dance. Get a load of the photo of Michael doing a lift/dip with Danielle. So much fun was had through out the evening with a sparkler departure as they left in a vintage car. Special thanks to the following vendors: Southern Inn Catering, Ken Pak Photography, Magnolia Quartet, Videographer by Astro Entertainment, Sanders Family Photo Booth, Secret Gardens Florist, Officiant Pastor Sandy Wisco, Passionflower Cakes, Albemarle Limousine, Hair & Make-up by Ulta Beauty/Salon Ceilo.