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Monticello Wine Trail Bus Tour
August 12, 2016 @ 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
CALLING ALL WINE LOVERS…support the arts and experience some of the best of Virginia Wine Country!
Front & Centre Stage is taking a bus tour of the Monticello Wine Trail! Join us for a visit to three unique and award-winning wineries in the birthplace of American wines. The wineries on the Monticello Wine Trail have all been inspired by Thomas Jefferson’s vision of winemaking. Beautiful views and delicious flavors combine to make this a trip you will never forget – and the best part? We’re doing the driving!
Your $150 ticket price includes
Round trip charter bus transportation
Complimentary Champagne, Fruit & Cheese on the Bus
Tour & Wine Tasting at Barboursville Vineyards
Catered Authentic Barbecue Picnic Lunch by the BBQ Exchange
Wine Tasting and Arisan Chocolate Sampling at Glass House Winery
Wine Tasting at Moss Vineyards
PLEASE NOTE: Dinner is not included in the ticket price; however, we will be stopping for dinner on the way back to Cumberland.
DETAILS & ITINERARY
7:15 a.m. Check-in at the Ramada Inn Parking Lot in Cumberland, MD and board bus.
7:30 a.m. Depart Cumberland
11:00 a.m. Arrive at Barboursville Vineyards for Winery Tour and Wine Tasting (10 – 12 wines)
ABOUT BARBOURSVILLE VINEYARDS: Established in 1976 by Gianni Zonin, whose family has been producing wines throughout Italy since 1821, Barboursville Vineyards is dedicated to growing estate-bottled wines of European heritage which merit comparison with the finest wines of their kind, grown anywhere in the world.
Occupying the estate of James Barbour, Virginia’s Governor during the War of 1812, Barboursville is a welcoming destination for its array of superb vintages, its casually elegant Palladio Restaurant, its 1804 Inn and Vineyard Cottages, and for its historic landmark plantation Ruins of the mansion Thomas Jefferson designed for Governor Barbour, within a serene private park.
1:15 p.m. Depart Barboursville Vineyards
2:00 p.m. Arrive at Glass House Winery
2:05 p.m. Catered Lunch by the BBQ Exchange
Hickory Smoked Pulled Pork
Pulled Chicken Barbecue
Macaroni & Cheese
Mini Pumpkin Muffins
Five Signature Barbecue Sauces
ABOUT THE BBQ EXCHANGE: The Barbeque Exchange is the culmination of a 37-year culinary journey. Craig and Donna Hartman’s lives have been centered around the love of food! Their journey took them from the Culinary Institute of America to Gordonsville, Virginia with experiences from the Rockies to the Catskills and lots of stops in between. Craig’s love of all things cooking, and especially over a live fire, led them to a deep love for old school, slow-cooked BBQ. Inspired by the pit masters they have met over the years, from the Blue Ridge to the Outer Banks, Craig and Donna set out to open a real barbeque joint of their own.
3:00 p.m. Wine Tasting & Chocolate Sampling at Glass House Winery (6 – 8 wines)
ABOUT GLASS HOUSE WINERY: Glass House Winery is a boutique artisanal winery with a tropical flair. The winery is located in Free Union, Virginia, which is just outside of Charlottesville and at the base of the Blue Ridge. The winery became a vision as owners, Jeff and Michelle Sanders, were searching for a way to marry Jeff’s botanical skills with Michelle’s love of creating unique chocolates. At that time they discovered Virginia’s promising wine industry, decided it was a perfect match and Glass House winery was born.
Glass House is now a truly one-of-a-kind winery. Offering estate wines, blends, a very unique chocolate wine and their own brand of handmade chocolates by Michelle. In keeping with its glass conservatory and modern vibe, Glass House is the only winery in Virginia to use Vino Seals for its closure on all wines, a glass “cork” that allows no oxygen movement into the wine.
4:15 p.m. Depart Glass House Vineyards
4:30 p.m. Arrive at Moss Vineyards for Wine Tasting (5 wines)
ABOUT MOSS VINEYARDS: Wine Tasting with a View!
Moss Vineyards was founded with the vision and dream of providing people with the highest quality American wines, hand-crafted in a breathtaking Blue Ridge mountain setting in the heart of Virginia. The wines are produced with great attention to the science and art of growing and blending grapes that result in fine, balanced wines. The mountaintop vineyard and winery were designed and built to offer our guests and visitors what is simply one of the most beautiful vineyard and winery experiences to be had in Virginia.
The vineyard is at 1000 feet above sea level and contains 5,000 Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Viognier, and Vermentino vines. This is a true labor of love and dedication to the experience of being on this mountain, growing some of the world’s finest grapes, and crafting incredibly special wines.
6:00 p.m. Depart Moss Vineyards
7:00 p.m. Dinner stop at Bella Luna Wood-Fired Pizza – Virginia’s FIRST farm-to-table pizza restaurant!
ABOUT BELLA LUNA: Bella Luna features hand-crafted, farm-fresh food in a warm and inviting environment. Located in the historic Livery Building in downtown Harrisonburg, Bella Luna offers wood-fired pizzas, hand-made pastas, fresh seasonal salads and sandwiches, and delectable desserts. The bar features a wide selection of local microbrews and hard ciders on tap, in addition to choice wines and artisan cocktails.
Bella Luna menu items are made from scratch daily, using the finest ingredients available. Our seasonal menu features produce, meats and cheeses from local farms in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia. Our pizzas, pastas and breads are made using organic flours.
APPROXIMATELY 11:30 pm Arrive in Cumberland
All tickets are $150.00
You may choose to pay at one-time payment of $150 or split the payment into two installments of $75. The first $75 payment serves as your deposit and is non-refundable.
Full payment is due by July 20, 2016
Please join us on this unique and fun trip! All proceeds go to help fund our 2016 theatrical season!
For more information on our company, please visit http://www.frontandcentrestage.com.