Amidst the quiet farmlands you stumble upon Villa Nova Estate Winery. As you pull up into the parking lot, the winery’s rustic charm stands out among the barns, scenic rolling hills, wetlands, and forest in the background.Inside the retail shop, it has a cozy feel with matching rustic, farmhouse decor and fairy lights strung around. Rob, the winemaker, is super friendly and a pleasure to talk to as you sample the reds, whites, and ciders Villa Nova has to offer. The Vidal is a popular choice at the winery. It’s off-dry, citrusy, light, and finishes smooth and mildly sweet, causing it to be labelled “dangerous” by Rob’s parents. However, even more dangerous is their Sweet Apple dessert wine. It looks, smells, and tastes just like apple juice. The taste of alcohol is completely non-existent. Our only complaint is that the bottle is too small.
With a glass of their flagship Saucy Cider (or Sweet Apple, it’s perfect to drink even on its own) in hand, relaxing on their deck is the perfect way to unwind. The view from the desk is simply magnificent, as you look upon the natural landscape of an ancient river valley, forest, and vineyards. You might even be able to spot some deer, turkey, or fowl in the fields if lucky enough.
VIlla Nova Estate Winery are proud supporters of the arts, partnering with the Lighthouse Festival Theatre, their Saucy Cider served on opening nights of their shows. Moving forward, we can expect great things from the winery in the future such as music festivals (like the popular annual Bluegrass festival) and more.