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Loretta Briede
 
May 17, 2020 | Loretta Briede

Staying safe with choices

We are excited to open our farm to our winery guests on the weekends .  We have plenty of space to enjoy your picnic or just relaxing with that special bottle of wine.   So many improvements have taken place and the addition of 400 new vines including new varietals.    We have added additional seating and many picnic tables.  As we go forward with restrictions (see our covid-19 page on our webpage) we hope for a better tomorrow.  We thank you for those who are supporting Virginia wineries and we hope you continue.   We very are greatful for your business.  Cheers!

Time Posted: May 17, 2020 at 5:11 AM
Loretta Briede
 
May 11, 2020 | Loretta Briede

Covid-19 guidelines because we care!


Weekly update on COVID-19

https://www.vdh.virginia.gov/coronavirus/2020/10/02/uva-covid-19-model-weekly-update-17/

As we open we will post important information for you here.  Our governor has allowed us to open with restrictions.   These restrictions will dictate the future of our vineyards.   Our policies must be held to the highest standard.   

We are in Phase 3..  The BRIEDE VINEYARDS  have safeguards in place so that you may enjoy your visit with us yet adhear to the Governors mandatory requirements.  This is an ever changing environment so please be patient as we adapt to our new "normal". 

Masks are required in Public Places inside.  We are an outside facility at the moment.  However while moving around it's always good to protect yourself and other by wearing a mask.   6' seleration is required at all times.

We have installed a porta-a-potty for our customer use with Hand sanitizer.  This will be sprayed down with Clorox periodically through out the day.  You must maintain 6' waiting in line for the potty.

To order you may go to the window on the patio tasting room and place your order.   Please maintain 6' distancing.   You will need ID.    No tastings will be available however we are offering flights and wine by the glass..  The tasting room will remain closed.  

Bottle Sales on wines.    What you don't drink we will package up for you in sealed bag. 

Children must remain seated if they come to the vineyards.   No open play areas allowed by Virginia law under phase 3 due to insuring safe distancing guidelines. .   

Picnics are great...... we have several picnic tables very far apart.  No alcohol brought into the property!   

Social distancing of 6' a must!!!   This is important. 

Tasting Room Building will be closed.  

.You are allowed to come with a group and sit together providing that it's during normal business hours.   If it's an "event" (group outside normal business hours) social distancing is a must.  We didn't make this rule and I think trying to understand it, they are trying to discourage "events"  

When bad weather threatens you must return to your car.  

The future of our vineyards here in Virginia are dependent upon your cooperation.   We only have one time to get this right and we appreciate our customers working with us to make that happen.    Thank you! 

Loretta Briede

 

 

 

 

Time Posted: May 11, 2020 at 7:12 AM
Loretta Briede
 
May 6, 2020 | Loretta Briede

Spring Newsletter

Spring Newsletter

We hope all of you are safe and doing well among a very difficult time in all of our lives.   
For us here on the farm, our grapes are starting to come alive and the first signs of bud break have arrived. We mostly have hybrid grapes growing and bud break is later on these varietals.  We are awaiting the first leaf stage and the promise of a new vintage. Our main blocks have missed the freeze damage, as of this writing. As part of of expansion, we planted 400 more grapes this spring.  

We just recently released our 2019 La Crescent and are excited for this unique wine. It exhibits notes of apricot, pineapple and citrus, that also offers a tad of salt. The high acids are sure to give you that refreshing finish this summer and this wine pairs excellent with Thai food (sweet, salt, sour)

In anticipation of things starting to get back to normal we have been doing projects to expand our outside space with a cleared area off the outdoor patio under the trees. As things start to open up, keeping social distancing will be pretty easy to do at the vineyard! We are also adding more picnic tables where you can enjoy a bottle of wine and food and spread out from other groups.

Many of our vineyard management operations include composting and implementing biodynamic principles to make our vineyard strong and healthy. We believe the more we try to adopt practices that nature provides for us, the less intervention we need. Which brings us to another new addition to our vineyard practices. Chickens! Meet Rosie, Churp, Vanilla and Chevapa, we have 12 more coming in May!

Of course our little bug eating, fertilizing, egg laying friends need a home. So we call this the “chicken hotel”. Paul and Amy have been working hard on providing a state of art facility for them. When you come visit the vineyard you might get a glimpse of our feathered friends as they work to keep our vineyard in balance.

Paul Sr is still flying as critical personnel delivering freight in many parts of the world which include supplies to our military, medical equipment and so many other things. The passenger airline is now on the frontlines.   

We can’t wait to see our customers again. We feel that it will be sometime before our tasting room will be allowed to open but we are hoping that an outside space with plenty of room to have a bottle of wine and relax will be back soon. We are currently offering shipping and curbside ordering of our wine and will be partnering with some local food venders to offer foods and meal delivery options for pickup. Wine and food options should be purchased as a pre-order through our website at briedevineyards.com.

It’s a very trying time in America and the world, but we will rise above it. We are putting strategies in place for social distancing on our 27 acre farm with picnic tables and seating well beyond the 6’ guidelines once we are allowed to open again. So as we think of ways to stay safe we are also transforming our facility to meet that challenge.   
Until then, we are open for curb side service and shipping to many states through our online ordering. Please call or visit our webpage to order



 

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Time Posted: May 6, 2020 at 11:40 AM