Saturday, May 24: This afternoon is gorgeous, so we drive out west into the country to taste some wines at Doukénie Winery, a family operation in Virginia’s Wine Country in Loudoun County. The Bazaco family traces their success back to a 14 year-old Greek girl who in 1919 boarded a boat for the journey to America.
In 1981, the land at the foot of Short Hill Mountains was being farmed for corn, hay and cattle. The mid-eighties were an exciting time in the viticulture business in Virginia and the Bazacos decided to plant their first vineyard in 1986. The winemaking business came later as the winery itself was constructed in 1995. In many ways, this activity takes the family full circle as the young Greek girl who was boarding the boat was leaving her farm where her father, a local sheriff, also was a winemaker.
We taste the wines and then buy a bottle, which we share out on the patio under an umbrella, accompanied by cheese and crackers. We have a lovely view of a small pond, some farmland and cows. After having our wine we wander along a path beside the pond. A relaxing afternoon all around.