– DuCard 2017 Calendar –
Saturday, January 14 2 PM: Cabernet Franc Vertical Tasting. We'll be pouring vintages from our library - 2009 to present - tasting and talking about the effects of that season's weather, vineyard practices and winemaking techinques on the finished wine. This is a really fun event that we do only about once a year. Nibbles accompany the tasting and the small remaining stock of these wines will be available for sale. Limited seating, advance reservations required using this form. $39 per person (Wine Club member discount applies).
Author, Author !!
Sunday, January 15 2 PM: Our friend and fun local author Tony Vanderwarker will be here to talk about his new book "I'm not from the South but I got down here as fast as I could." Filled with fabulous vignettes about life here in the Piedmont, Tony will also have autographed copies available. No charge, plus complimentary glass of wine to everyone who RSVPs in advance (email with name and how many in your party to firstname.lastname@example.org).
Painting and Wine
Saturday, January 21 2 PM: Paint your own masterpiece, while sipping DuCard wine. The nice folks at Creative Mankind will lead this program and supply materials and expertise. We have the wine - all current vintages available for purchase by glass or bottle (need for added 'inspiration?). You do the rest. Details and reservation form here.
Music by the Fireside
Saturday, January 28 2-5 PM: Gina Sobel and her band Incognito will be in the house. No cover.
FEBRUARYMusic by the Fire with kat and the travelers
Author, Author !!
Saturday, February 4 2 PM: Bestselling author Marietta McCarty will give an entertaining and interactive talk about philosophy, life and wine - and how they all interrelate (we agree!), based on The Philosopher's Table and her two other books. Autographed copies will be available for purchase too. No charge, plus complimentary glass of wine to everyone who RSVPs in advance (to email@example.com).
Rose Release Party
Saturday, February 11 2-5 PM: Here comes our new Rose - a dry french style rose sipper, traditionally released this weekend. Come join us. No cover, plus music by Grass Fed (these guys are good!) .
Valentine's Sunday Wine Brunch
Sunday February 12, 11:30 AM: Join us for our annual Valentine's brunch, an elegant affair catered by l'etoile catering in Charlottesville, plus our classic harp accompaniest. DuCard wines served with each of the four courses. A tradition at DuCard. Advance reservation, limited seating. $59 per person (Wine Club discount applies). Reservation form here.
Music by the Fireside
Saturday, February 18 2-5 PM: Mattie Fuller will be playing - one of our faves. No cover.
Open for President's Day
Monday, February 20 2-5 PM: We're here ! Get out of town for a relaxing getaway with us, maybe a winter's day hike at Whiteoak Canyon just down the street (before wine tasting ..). Local noshes available to accompany the wines.
Sunday, February 26 3 sessions - 12, 2 and 4 pm: Yes! The Hobby Hill Farm team will teach us how to make cheese - this class promises to be super fun, sipping some DuCard wine alongside (all current releases available for purchase by the glass or bottle - including several that actually go great with ... cheese). Hobby Hill snacks included. Limited seating, advance reservations. Reservation form here.
MARCHVeterans Day Special
Sunday, March 12 2 PM: Come enjoy Scuffletown live and ‘unplugged’ this Sunday as they perform their unique blend of original, roots, and high energy music at DuCard! It’s a sure way to jump start your mood and keep the energy going all week long. Plus you can relax with delicious wine in the beautiful mountain setting right here in our back yard. A great way to cap off the weekend! No cover.
St. Patrick’s Weekend Party with music by Smokin’ Trout
Saturday, March 18 1-5 PM: Join us for a touch of the Irish with the lyrical Celtic rock and ballad/bluegrass music of Smokin’ Trout. We’ll also have some delicious Irish fare for sale provided by Mama’s Caboose, so come hungry and bring your Irish lad or lassie and dance a jig with us! No cover.
Painting Class with Creative Mankind
Sunday, March 19 1-4 PM: Spend a relaxing afternoon laughing, listening to music and creating a one-of –a-kind masterpiece at DuCard Vineyards! Don’t worry! Absolutely NO art experience is necessary! Their talented instructors will walk you through every step of your creative process! All painting supplies included in cost. ($35/pp) Limited seating. Reservations can be made here.
Murder at the Vineyard
Saturday, March 25 6:30 PM: It's a Murder Mystery dinner and show at DuCard Vineyards! Can you solve the who-done-it mystery in the vineyard? Come enjoy dinner (catered by Main Street Bakery and Catering) and the show by Clever by Half Productions and see if you can sleuth your way to the answer better than Sherlock or your dinnermates. $79 per person, plus tax and service charge (includes show, dinner, wine; Wine Club Members get 15% discount). Limited seating, advance reservations required. This will be a truly unique experience that should not be missed! For reservations go here or call 540-923-4206. NEW!: If you attend the Dinner you can stay at Walden Hall Bed & Breakfast for 2 nights at a 15% discount! A beautiful place to spend the rest of your weekend! Check them out and make your reservation here.
Music on the Patio with Billy Brockman
Saturday, April 8 2-5 PM: Local singer, songwriter and guitarist Billy Brockman is infamous in the Central Virginia music scene. Whether he’s performing solo or with several popular bands he’s always a big hit. Come enjoy his mix of Americana, blues, classic country, folk, rockabilly, 50’s, 60’s, & 70’s and original music on a nice Spring day at DuCard with a glass of your favorite wine. We’re here for your entertainment pleasure! No cover. Music site here.
Easter Egg Hunt and More
Saturday, April 15 12-5 PM: What would Easter be without an Easter Egg hunt? Or maybe a visit by the Easter Bunny? We’ll have that and more along with live music by 2 Wishes who will play a mix of jazz, oldies, and originals to entertain both young and old on the patio. You’ll be sure to find treats both inside and out, but just don’t get any egg on your face! This family event is guaranteed to be fun for all ages, so come join us for fun in the vineyard! Easter Egg Hunt starts at 1:00pm. Music site here.
Spring Oyster Festival with music by the Bennie Dodd Band
Saturday, April 22 12-5 PM: Oh yeah! Premium steamed and raw oysters and delicious crabcakes provided by the Rappahannock River Oyster Company will get your mouth watering just enough to enjoy a nice bottle of DuCard wine to wash it all down with! Throw in some awesome classic and acoustic rock and pop music by the Bennie Dodd Band and some beautiful mountain and vineyard views, and you have a day made in heaven! Tickets are $10 in advance here or $15 at the door. Wine Club Members FREE! Also check out this great write up of last fall's event here.
Cheesemaking Class - JUST ADDED - ENCORE PROGRAM
Sunday, April 30 2 sessions - 12 and 3 pm: Yes! February program was sold out so we're doing it again. The Hobby Hill Farm team will teach us how to make cheese - this class promises to be super fun, sipping some DuCard wine alongside (all current releases available for purchase by the glass or bottle - including several that actually go great with ... cheese). Hobby Hill snacks included. Limited seating, advance reservations. Reservation form here.
MAYFall Harvest and Leaf Peep Festival with music by Scuffletown
Music on the Patio with Pat Anderson
Saturday, May 6 2 PM: Join us on the patio for music by Pat Anderson – an Oklahoma-born, Virginia-raised singer-songwriter. He’s a roots rocker with a strong affinity for Dylan, Springsteen, and Petty and possessed of the tough-minded country-rock sensibility of Todd Snider as well. Pat has spent a number of years honing his skills in Nashville, TN and we are thrilled to have him share his talents with us here at DuCard Vineyards. Don’t miss it! No cover. Music site here..
Mother’s Day Weekend Plant Sale and Music by Haze and Dacey
Saturday, May 13 2-5 PM: Join us with Mom for Music on the patio with the Haze and Dacey acoustic duo as they play a variety of folk, alt-country, roots-rock, country-blues, and a hint of jazz and swing for Mother’s Day Weekend. We’ll also be hosting a Plant Sale featuring plants from the Madison Garden Club - sure to please the most precious mom! Choose a bottle of wine to pair with it and what mom wouldn’t be pleased with that! No cover. Music site here..
Mother’s Day Sunday Wine Brunch
Sunday, May 14 11:30 AM: Enjoy a pampered and relaxing Sunday Wine Brunch catered by l’Etoile Catering, with a DuCard wine paired with each course and featuring the lovely violin music of Greg Childress. The beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains serve as your scenic backdrop for this elegant outing. $59 per person, not including tax and gratuity. 15% discount for Wine Club members. Limited seating, and advance reservations are required. 72 hr. cancellation policy applies. For reservations please use this form or call 540-923-4206.
Pig Roast with music by Bennie Dodd Band
Saturday, May 27 12-5 PM: Kick off Memorial Day Weekend with a pig roast and some great music on the patio with the hot licks of country, bluegrass, oldies, and rock & roll of the Bennie Dodd Band. Pig & Steak will roast the pig and will serve a platter of roast pork all the fixins for your holiday celebration! Free admission, but pig is limited, so purchase your platters in advance using this form. $20 in advance ($25 at the door). Don’t miss it!
Music on the Patio with Burn-N-Roots
Sunday, May 28 2 PM: Enjoy live music on the patio featuring live classic, soft rock, and contemporary style music by Burn-N-Roots. A great way to spend the weekend in the mountains with hiking nearby, wine, food, music, and friends. And pets and picnics welcome too! No cover..
JUNEMusic on the Patio with the An Lár
Music on the Patio with Annie Stokes
Saturday, June 3 2 PM: Join us for live music on the patio with Annie Stokes who hails from the NoVa/Shenandoah Valley Area. Annie is talented not only with guitar and vocals but also with the ukulele and mandolin, and will entertain you with classic rock, country, bluegrass, and acoustic renditions of popular songs along with originals. All that and a glass of wine spells a fabulous afternoon at DuCard! No cover. Music site here.
Music on the Patio with Randy Black
Sunday, June 10 2 PM: Randy Black Entertainment brings to us a fantastic music mix of classic rock, country, contemporary, and originals and a long history of professional work. We are thrilled to have this group at DuCard to entertain you as you enjoy the summer sun, wine, and scenery. Feel free to bring a picnic or choose from our selection of noshing food to pair with your wine picks. No cover.
Special Event- Scuffletown CD Recording Party
Saturday, June 17 6:30 PM: Come be part of the LIVE audience! Scuffletown will be recording the show for their upcoming "Vintage Scuffletown" project, which will feature music from their favorite Virginia wineries. Food and wine will be available for purchase. A unique experience to add to your bucket list! Music site here.
Father’s Day Cigar & Wine Pairing with music by Paulo Franco
Sunday, June 18 2-5 PM: Come join us as we pair Panacea Cigars with DuCard wines and enjoy wine and cigar combo specials. Also enjoy music by local singer-songwriter Paulo Franco as he makes a return visit to entertain us with his unique blend of folk, country, and rock. Treat dad to a day of wine, music, and cigars! No cover. Music site here.
Saturday, June 24 7:30 PM: Presented by the Charlottesville Astronomical Society (CAS). There’s nothing like a little stargazing on a warm summer’s evening to really appreciate the universe we live in. Come enjoy an informational presentation by CAS followed by some truly awesome stargazing with telescopes in the light-pollution free mountains at DuCard. Feel free to bring out your own telescopes as well! Presentation to occur regardless of weather. No cover.
Painting Class with Creative Mankind NEW CLASS - JUST ADDED
Sunday, June 25 1-4 PM: The prior classes sold out so we're doing it again. Spend a relaxing afternoon laughing, listening to music and creating a one-of–a-kind masterpiece at DuCard Vineyards! Don’t worry! Absolutely NO art experience is necessary! Their talented instructors will walk you through every step of your creative process! All painting supplies included in cost. ($35/pp) Limited seating. Reservations can be made here.
JULYMusic on the Patio with James Tamelcoff
Dog Days of Summer with music by kat and the travelers
Saturday, July 1 12-6 PM: Come on out and support the Madison County Animal Shelter with this great fundraiser! Bring your pooch to participate in some fun contests including best costume, Frisbee catch, and agility! Lovable pets will be available for adoption. Enjoy live music from 2-5pm by kat and the travelers with their awesome blend of originals, swing, vintage jazz, blues, and boogie. Food available for purchase so come hungry! Feel free to bring your own pets (leashed, please). No cover, but donations accepted. Music site here.
Pre-Fireworks Party with music by the Davis Bradley Duo
Tuesday, July 4 4-8 PM: Come celebrate Independence Day with us and enjoy music by local singer/songwriters Kathy Davis and Bradley Bishop. Enjoy their talented multi-instrumental acoustic blend of bluegrass, oldtime, and swing renditions of classics and originals. We’ll be open late so you can head straight over to Graves Mountain Lodge for their great fireworks display five minutes down the road. Family, friends, and pets welcome too! No cover. Music site here.
Petit Verdot Vertical Tasting
Saturday, July 15 2 PM: Once again for all you Petit Verdot fans we’ll be tasting many of the vintages of our fabulous Petit Verdot wine- up to the new 2016 vintage that is still aging. It promises to be great fun to see how our wines have evolved over time, and the differences from vintage to vintage. The very limited inventory of these library wines will be available for purchase … ”while supplies last.” Limited seating and advance reservations required using this form. $39 per person (Wine Club member 15% discount applies).
Music on the Patio with Bomar & Ritter
Saturday, July 15 2-5 PM: Chill out on the patio with some cool wine and the talents of acoustic duo Bomar & Ritter. This singer/songwriter duo mixes it up with their own blend of folk, rock, ballads, and blues. Wine tastings and light fare available for purchase. No cover.
Music on the Patio with the E-Town Band
Saturday, July 29 2-5 PM: The E-Town Band brings to DuCard their fun mix of “Blues, R&B, some jazzy stuff, some country stuff, and other stuff” as they put it. An enjoyable band to groove to, you’ll spend a great Summer day with us at DuCard enjoying the Band, the wine, and the scenery! Come check it all out with friends and picnic in hand. No cover. Music site here.
Stonewall Jackson’s 2nd Corps: March on DuCard
Saturday, August 5 1-6 PM (march at 2 PM sharp): For all you Civil War buffs and wine lovers- we again commemorate the sesquicentennial of the Civil War with the final appearance our 2nd Corps wine. Come see re-enactors from Stonewall Jackson's 2nd Corps brigade march through the vineyards, drill, interact, camp, and demand their wine! Also appearing will be members of Living History. A sight not to be missed, and don’t forget your cameras! Great education for the kids too! Pack your picnics and join us for the fun! No cover.
Wine and Chocolate Pairing Program
Saturday, August 12 2 PM: We are excited to welcome back Lindt's Master Chocolatier Ann Czaja to DuCard for a special Lindt Chocolate and Wine Program. We will meet in our new events room, at farm tables overlooking mountains and vines, and sample a flight of Lindt's premium Excellence line of chocolates. Each wine will be paired with a DuCard wine that best complements it. We are delighted that Ann is coming to DuCard specifically for this program. She will share with us the history of chocolate, talk about her work in making Lindt's fine chocolates and offer some samples of 'raw' chocolate for us to try. Limited seating, advance reservations required using this form. $39 per person. Sorry, no discount for Wine Club members at this event.
Beat the Heat Party with music by kat and the travelers
Saturday, August 19 1-6 PM: . It's HOT! So come on out and Beat the Heat with us at DuCard Vineyards with some cool wines, mountain streams, shaded patios and water fun. And what better music to celebrate with than kat and the travelers with their awesome blend of originals, swing, vintage jazz, blues, and boogie! Lawn games and other fun stuff, and vineyard and winery tours. No cover.Music site here.
Music on the Patio with Kiaya
Saturday, August 26 2-5 PM: Cool down with the lyrical music of Kiaya. Her sound is reminiscent of artists like Joni Mitchell, Lorena McKennitt, Catpower, Mazzy Star, Lucinda Williams, and Lhasa de Sela. Feel free to bring a picnic or choose from our selection of noshing food to pair with your wine picks. No cover. Music site here.
Music on the Patio with Tara Mills and Jim Stelling
Saturday, September 2 2-5 PM: Start your Labor Day weekend off right with the powerful music of this singer/songwriter team Tara Mills and Jim Stelling. Inspired by the Blue Ridge Mountains and the rich musical traditions tied to them, Tara Mills describes her music as ”original mountain americana,” an original blend of folk, bluegrass, and americana. Bring your own picnic to enjoy with our fabulous wine offerings and relax here in the mountains. No cover. Music site here.
Music on the Patio with Darcy DawnShakespeare Under the Stars
Sunday, September 3 2-5 PM: Join us for live music in a beautiful mountain setting with the beautiful voice and guitar duo of Darcy Dawn playing, contemporary, pop, and soft rock faves from 2 to 5pm. Wine tastings and light fare available for purchase. Come join the fun - a great way to relax! No cover. Music site here.
Saturday, September 9 6:30 PM: Join us as we indulge ourselves in As You Like It performed live by Bard Unbound on the beautiful grounds of DuCard Vineyards. Imagine being taken back in time and watching the deceptions, romance, and antics of another era. This special performance is one night only and space is limited. Tickets are $25 (no discounts). Reservations required using this form.
Music on the Patio with The PollocksFall Oyster Festival with music by the Bennie Dodd Band
Saturday, September 16 2-5 PM: Enjoy the end of Summer with some cool wine, beautiful mountain scenery, and the unique music of The Pollocks. The Pollocks offer up their unique blend of rock and roll and well-tuned Americana, with influences of Neil Young, Dylan, the Stones, and Velvet Underground. No cover. Music site here.
Saturday, September 23 12-6 PM: Oh yeah! Premium steamed and raw oysters and delicious crabcakes provided by the Rappahannock River Oyster Company will get your mouth watering just enough to enjoy a nice bottle of DuCard Viognier or Cuvée to wash it all down with! Throw in some awesome jazz, pop, Motown, and bluegrass by the Bennie Dodd Band (1-5pm) and some beautiful mountain and vineyard views, and you have a day made in heaven! Entry tickets are $10 in advance (register through our web page www.ducardvineyards.com) or $15 at the door. Wine Club members: FREE. Price does NOT include any food, alcohol or tastings. Music site here.
Music on the Patio with the Local VocalsOCTOBER
Saturday, September 30 2-5 PM: Enjoy this great Fall day with the music of the Local Vocals who offer up some awesome classic and acoustic rock and pop. We have noshing food available for purchase- or bring your own picnic! With the great Fall weather and harvest time in the vineyard it’s a day made in heaven! No cover. Music site here.
Music on the Patio with Travis ElliottMusic on the Patio with the Weedeaters
Saturday, October 7 2-5 PM: Enjoy a beautiful Fall day on the patio with the talented music of local singer/songwriter Travis Elliott. Travis has a long history of alt-rock and melodic tunes to entertain fans from all over. Feel free to bring a picnic to enjoy with your delicious DuCard wines. No cover.
Sunday, October 8 2-5 PM: Don’t let the name fool you, these guys take their music seriously! Winning in various fiddlers conventions and bluegrass festivals these performers bring a knee slapping good time mix of old-time, bluegrass, folk, and progressive bluegrass music that’ll knock your socks off! Come ready with your picnic to grab a bottle of wine, find a seat, and jump up and dance a jig to this good ole weed-eatin’ foot stompin’ music! No cover.
Saturday, October 14 2-5 PM: Ladies and gents it’s time to get your country on! Come see Madison native James Tamelcoff as he performs music genres ranging from 1950's rock and roll, Classic country, Blues, and modern country music with a touch of Johnny Cash! You won’t regret checking out this show- it’s a foot tappin’ leather slappin’ good ole time! Pair your picnic with a bottle of our wine and enjoy a day in the country! No cover.
Saturday, October 21 2-5 PM: Ever felt like being in the mountains made you want to kick up your heels and dance a jig? We can help you do that here with the jaunty Irish music of An Lár. An Lár is a fun-loving traditional Irish band playing fast paced tunes - jaunty hornpipes, lilting jigs and full throttle reels alternating with slower tunes - lyrical waltzes and melancholy airs, as well as singing Irish folk ballads of love and adventure. Tip your bottle up with these lads and lassies and you won’t regret it! No cover.
Saturday, October 28 11-6 PM: It's that time of year again! The leaves are changing, the harvest is in, and we're celebrating the season with a party! We'll have rollicking great live music from Scuffletown from 1-5pm, local fare for sale (come hungry!), vineyard tours, and more. Come join the fun! No cover. Music site here.
Music on the Patio with Erin LunsfordHOWL VIII
Saturday, November 4 2-5 PM: Join us for music on the patio (or by the fire if it’s cold out!) by Erin Lunsford with her soulful voice as she blends her way through folk, blues, rock and country melodies. A perfect match for that crisp Fall air and a great bottle of wine! No cover.
Saturday, November 4 6:30 PM (sharp): It’s time for our 8th Annual HOWL at the Moon (rising) Party! Come enjoy moon tunes and great wine as we await the rising of the harvest moon after sunset. Bring a pot luck dish to share with your neighbors. We’ll stay open late so everyone can eat, drink, and, yeah, howl at the full moon to celebrate life in the vineyard! No cover.
Friday, November 10 11-6 PM: Join us as we celebrate and honor all our Veterans this day. We’ll have free tastings for Veterans and give a hearty Thank You for all your service to this great country. And don’t forget our Military discount! Noshing food available for purchase to pair with your wines as well.
Saturday, November 11 2-5 PM: The air is getting a bit nippy so we’ll turn on the fire for you as you come out and enjoy the music of of kat and the travelers with their awesome blend of originals, swing, vintage jazz, blues, and boogie! Feel free to pair your picnics with any of our great wines. No cover. Music site here.Fall Winemaker’s Brunch
Sunday, November 12 11:30 AM: Harvest season will be the theme for this gourmet event featuring catered local cuisine by l’étoile Catering in Charlottesville. We’ll enjoy an elegant meal with each course paired with DuCard wines, plus music through brunch with harpist Vicky Lee. A great Fall day celebration. Limited seating and advance reservations are required. $59 per person not including tax & service charge. 15% discount for Wine Club members. For reservations use this form. Yes, we can handle vegetarian or other advance special requests.
Black Friday Party with music by Burn-N-Roots
Friday, November 24 11-6 PM: Had enough of shopping and crowds? Take a break to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet of the mountains with a great bottle of wine. Enjoy classic, soft rock, and contemporary style music by Burn-N-Roots from 2-5pm. Aaahhhhh...But hey, if you still have to do some shopping, all our merchandise will be on sale 20% off just for you! Don’t miss it! No cover.
Customer Appreciation Day with music by John Kelly
Saturday, December 2 12-6 PM: As the year draws to a close we take this opportunity to say Thank You to all our customers for all your support. We'll have live music by John Kelly who has a soulful style that is informed and inspired by singer songwriter artists including Lyle Lovett, John Hiatt and Cliff Eberhardt, to name a few from 2 to 5pm, merchandise on sale, and special gifts for everyone. Please join us as we raise a toast to you! No cover. Music site here.
Wine Club Special Event
Sunday, December 10 2-4 PM: For Wine Club Members Only. Come meet the owner and winemaker at DuCard and discuss what is happening at the winery, taste the latest DuCard wines, nosh on tasty hors d’ouvres, enjoy special music by violinist Kristi Monte, and mix and mingle with other Wine Club members. No fee, but reservations required as space is limited.