Sarah and Nate. Two killer sites. Delicious, authentic Virginia wines.
Who We Are
Sarah and Nate Walsh are firmly dedicated to the production and sales of premium wine.
Nate Walsh is a career winegrower. Starting as a cellar rat at Horton Vineyards, in Central, Virginia, he went on to work in vineyards and wineries in the Willamette Valley and Central Otago before spending seven years as the winemaker and vineyard manager for Sunset Hills Vineyard, in Purcellville, Virginia, during a time of large expansion. It was during this time that he began searching for a site from which he knew one could create truly premium Virginia wine.
Sarah, conversely, comes from a background of fine dining, fine wine sales, and wine education. Beginning her career at restaurants in Chicago, Atlanta, and Northern Virginia, Sarah shifted into fine wine sales, working for a wholesaler/importer on the East Coast. She holds a Diploma from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust.
Sarah and Nate met in 2012, married in 2013, and founded Walsh Family Wine in 2014.
From these hillside sites, we strive not just to produce premium Virginia wines, but premium wine from an international perspective. With Bethany Ridge and Twin Notch, we have found excellent winegrowing conditions, and work diligently and thoughtfully to coax the most expression and balance from these sites as possible. We view the sites as places of pure potential; our job is to realize it.
Bottle of Wine
by Carl Dennis
I like to park a few blocks from the house of my hosts
And walk with my bottle of wine the tree-lined streets,
Anticipating the dinner with friends that awaits me.
A bottle of wine showing not only that I’m grateful
To be included but that I’m eager to do my part,
To offer a gift that won’t survive the evening,
That says I’ve set aside the need for transcendence
And made my peace at last with living in time.
Soon we’ll welcome the evening with a toast.
Soon we’ll be toasting it in farewell
As it starts on its journey into the near past
And then the far. Do the houses I’m passing
Regard me as a creature about to vanish
Into the realm of shadow while they have resolved
To hold their ground? But the bottle I’m carrying
Shows how the past can enhance the present.
The grapes it was made from were plucked and pressed
Seven years ago in a vineyard in Burgundy
According to customs already in place for generations
By the time these houses moved from the realm
Of blueprints and estimates into brick and wood.
The bottle will testify that traditions once honored
Are being adhered to still, with patience, with pride.
And if the past is present this evening, isn’t the future
Present as well in the thought that the ritual
I’m helping to pass along will prove enduring,
That however much the world around it may alter,
Guests will still perform it in eras to come?
I hope I feel their presence in spirit
Under these trees later this evening
As I walk back to my car with empty hands.
It takes far more than a husband and wife team to make this happen. We have a wonderful crew of friends and family without whom this wine would not exist. When you enjoy a bottle, know that while our name is on the label, dozens of sets of hands helped us tend the vines and make the wine. We give especial thanks to Mike and Theresa Wheeler, Kelly and CD Blanks, Margaret Walsh, Quintin Garcia, Iznardo Garcia, Arturo Reyes, and Anna Bryant.