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The Winery at Bull Run

The Winery at Bull Run
 
July 15, 2019 | The Winery at Bull Run

Upcoming Fairfax County Planning Commission Hearing on Proposed Farm Brewery

As you may have heard, we want to open a Farm Brewery on the 40 acres of land adjacent to The Winery at Bull Run and the Stonebridge Equestrian Horse Farm. What we envision is not a bar or even your typical brewery, it’s an authentic Farm Brewery supported by our own hops, grown locally alongside our grapes, and in harmony with the scenic vista of the Manassas National Battlefield. After five years of working closely with the local community and government officials, we are in the final stages of this process and we need your help.
 
Farming is a dying industry in Fairfax County as farmland continues to fall prey to being sold off to real estate developers. In fact, the zoning of our own property only allows for it to be used as a farm or residential housing. If we chose to go in the easy and profitable direction of the latter, exactly 12 McMansions would fit on this acreage. These 12 McMansions would require 12 septic systems and 12 individual wells and produce upwards of 30,000 gallons per day of wastewater directed into the ground, all of which would have the potential to negatively impact the Occoquan Watershed. Additionally, with their construction would come many losses—the farmland and tradition of farming would disappear, as would the horse farm, and subsequently, the horses you love to see frolicking across the property, and the breathtaking views of the Bull Run Mountains that you enjoy as you sip your wine at sunset.
 
Our desire to avoid all of the above while maintaining the integrity of the farm experience for our customers, expanding our offerings to include growing hops alongside the grapes, producing high quality, locally sourced craft beer, and protecting the land in a sustainable way, has led us to pursue opening the Farm Brewery. The environmental impact of this project is important to us, which is why, unlike the McMansions, our Farm Brewery requires only one well and one septic system; and 100% of the wastewater related to beer making will be captured and hauled offsite for disposal at a wastewater treatment center. Within the proposed plan, over 50% of the property is dedicated to undisturbed, open space and by the completion of construction, there will be over 82%, or 33 of the 40 acres, preserved as open, green space.
 
We’ve received tremendous support for this project from the local community and government, and for that, we are so grateful. In particular, several Fairfax County Supervisors, Fairfax County staff, VDOT, and FCDOT have worked on our application over the past five years, thoroughly vetted it, and now endorse our plan. However, as with any new and exciting project, we have been met with some opposition. A part of our plan includes using the existing farm road associated with that property, with necessary improvements, which connects to Bull Run Post Office Road and is located just a quarter mile off of Lee Highway, to access the brewery.
 
There are those who oppose that route and would prefer to “pave paradise” by constructing a new highway that would run directly through The Winery at Bull Run property, the vineyards, the hops, and the horse pastures. Not only would this ruin the views and farmlands you love, but the National Park Service would be required to cede land from the battlefield in order to construct a proper and safe entrance—to which the Park Service has already given a clear and resounding no.

We are writing to you now because there is an important hearing of the Fairfax County Planning Commission coming up on Wednesday, July 17 at 7:30 PM. There will be those in attendance at this public hearing who oppose the Farm Brewery and the Bull Run Post Office access road and are selling fear over fact to our neighbors. As this is an all or nothing proposal, we need your support to make our Farm Brewery a reality. Please help us to save the views, the history, and the horse farm by saying:

  • YES TO SAVING THE FARM AND DRINKING BEER by supporting approval of the Farm Brewery on one of the last farms left in Fairfax County
  • NO TO PAVING PARADISE with unnecessarily destroying battlefield and farmland for a Lee Highway entrance
  • YES TO REDUCING THE ENVIRONMENTAL FOOTPRINT ON THE OCCOQUAN WATERSHED, saving our drinking water

 
HOW YOU CAN HELP:

  • Register to speak at the hearing
    • Please include the following information in your request to speak:
      • Date of Public Hearing: 7/17/19
      • Application Number:  SE-2018-SU-027
    • If you can’t speak at the hearing, please send any letters you would like distributed to the Commissioners prior to the hearing on Wednesday to plancom@fairfaxcounty.gov, specifying case SE 2018-SU-027

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email us at feedback@wineryatbullrun.com. Thank you in advance for your support!  

Best regards,
The Winery at Bull Run

Time Posted: Jul 15, 2019 at 12:00 PM
The Winery at Bull Run
 
October 30, 2017 | The Winery at Bull Run

The Winery at Bull Run’s Halloween Sweet Sheet

Happy Hallowine!

We've got a few tricks up our sleeve to make this Halloween a perfect wine night. See the sweet line up below of our favorite Halloween candy and Bull Run wine pairings!

We'd love for you to share your favorite Halloween candy and wine pairings with us in the comments!

 

2016 Delaney and Starbursts

 

2016 Stainless Steel Chardonnay and Candy Corn

 

2016 Lilly's Viognier and Hershey's Cookies 'n' Creme

 

2015 Cabernet Sauvignon and Snickers

 

Fort and Hershey's Kisses Special Dark Chocolate

 

Sweet Victory and Twix

 

Stonebridge Sparkling and Kit Kats

Time Posted: Oct 30, 2017 at 6:00 PM
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July 19, 2017 | The Winery at Bull Run

Our Best Civil War Day Yet!

Time Posted: Jul 19, 2017 at 1:40 PM
The Winery at Bull Run
 
June 30, 2017 | The Winery at Bull Run

Wine Bottle Centerpiece

                                           

             

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supplies:

  • Candle
  • Ribbon
  • Wood Slice
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Flowers/Greenery
  • 2 Wine Bottles (Per Table)

Instructions:

  1. Wrap the ribbon around the center of the wine bottle & use a drop of hot glue to secure it
  2. Place flowers/greenery inside bottle
  3. Repeat for all bottles
  4. When assembling centerpieces, place 1 wood slice on the center of each table & put two bottles on top of each slice with a candle in front
Time Posted: Jun 30, 2017 at 12:00 PM
The Winery at Bull Run
 
June 30, 2017 | The Winery at Bull Run

Wine Cork Coaster

Supplies:

  • Knife
  • Corks
  • Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
  • Four Inch Square White or Unfinished Coasters

Instructions:

  1. Use the knife to cut all 4 of the corks in half
  2. Apply hot glue to flat edge of each cork and place on the coaster in the pattern shown
  3. Repeat for all coasters
Time Posted: Jun 30, 2017 at 12:00 PM
The Winery at Bull Run
 
June 30, 2017 | The Winery at Bull Run

Wine Bottle Aisle Decoration

Supplies:

  • Ribbon
  • Wine Bottle
  • 12 inches of Twine
  • Flowers of your choice
  • Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks

Instructions:

  1. Wrap the ribbon around the center of the bottle and apply hot glue to hold it in place
  2. Wrap twine twice around lip of the bottle and tie a knot
  3. Use the rest of the connected twine to tie a loop to slip around the back of a chair
  4. Place flowers inside the bottle
  5. Repeat for all bottles 
Time Posted: Jun 30, 2017 at 12:00 PM
The Winery at Bull Run
 
June 30, 2017 | The Winery at Bull Run

Wine Cork Guest Book

Supplies:

  • Mason Jar
  • Wine Corks
  • Permanent Marker
  • Printed Mr. & Mrs. Sign
  • 1 One Gallon Clear Glass Jug

Instructions:

  1. Print off a sign to place over top of the label on the glass jug. Style may vary.
  2. Place corks into mason jar
  3. Have sharpies out for guests to sign corks
Time Posted: Jun 30, 2017 at 12:00 PM
The Winery at Bull Run
 
June 30, 2017 | The Winery at Bull Run

Wine Cork Place Card Holder

Supplies:

  • Knife
  • Name Cards
  • Wine Corks (One Per Name Card)

Instructions:

  1. On a flat surface, use the knife to cut off about ¼ of the wine cork so that you create a flat edge for the base
  2. On the rounded edge, cut a slit all the way across about ¼ of the way down so that the name card will stay in place
  3. Repeat with all corks
Time Posted: Jun 30, 2017 at 12:00 PM
The Winery at Bull Run
 
June 30, 2017 | The Winery at Bull Run

Wine Cork Initials

 

Supplies:

  • Cardboard
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Scissors
  • Corks

Instructions:

  1. Apply hot glue onto one side & end of cork and place it on one end of the letter
  2. Continue to apply glue onto each cork one by one, and line them up in rows as close together as possible
  3. After you finish placing all corks, remove any visible strands of hot glue
  4. Repeat for all letters
Time Posted: Jun 30, 2017 at 12:00 PM
The Winery at Bull Run
 
June 30, 2017 | The Winery at Bull Run

Wine Cork Vase Centerpiece

Supplies:

  • Corks
  • Flowers
  • Circular Glass Vase

Instructions:

  1. Fill vase with corks
  2. Place flowers on top of corks
  3. Repeat for all vases
Time Posted: Jun 30, 2017 at 12:00 PM
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