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By Sophie Scheps For Middleburg Life

ason Murray and Sandy Gray-Murray’s love of art and wine have found a home together at Arterra Wines, their new family owned and operated winery. Photo by Sophie Scheps Located in a secluded wooded area of Jason Murray and Sandy Gray-Murray Delaplane, Arterra is the culmination of years of expertise finally giving them confidence to really high quality character. He also harvests late to produce very ripe fruit. Both of these create branch out on their own. “We first had the idea 11 years ago but the our unique taste.” magnitude of the project kept us from taking the Arterra Wines main focus is quality over leap,” Sandy said. “We didn’t start to feel comfort- quantity. Only producing a maximum of 1,200 able until we gained more experience. Probably cases of wine each year, a priority membership about three years ago when I started selling my club will ensure people who love the wine are art at wine festivals, it acted as a catalyst to get able to purchase before it is sold out. In their first us talking about the idea of starting something tasting weekend this past month, 18 members ourselves. It just became clear that our partner- have already joined. “We’re very small and focused,” Sandy said. ship was viable and it was time. “We want to concentrate on craftsmanship. Start After searching for years for the right proping from day one, each person that buys a case erty, the 75-acre parcel off Leeds Manor Road will receive a priority number and can return in had the perfect combination of location, soil type that order the next year to ensure they get the and elevation. “It was owned by the previous wine they want. ” owners of Naked Mountain Winery and when Sandy developed a passion for art because they found out that we were interested in using of her grandfather. Both attended the Maryland the land for a winery they were thrilled it would Institute College of Art in Baltimore. She gradube put to the same use,” Sandy said. ated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in painting and Jason Murray has been a winemaker in earned a Masters degree in education. After the Fauquier County for the past 11 years. Formerly birth of their second son, Sandy made the shift with Chateau O’Brien Winery and Vineyard from teaching and implementing art programs in Markham, he developed a reputation as an to creating Hawthorn Arts, her own independent expert in producing high quality red wines. endeavor. Plans for an eight-acre vineyard on the Arterra property is in the works but in the mean- Her pieces are mixed media, including time, Jason sources his grapes from several local painting, carving and etched glass—all heavily growers that produce the highest quality fruit. inspired by wine. Many of the pottery pieces Specific acre blocks are dedicated to Arterra and include leaves from local vineyards and she uses produce European varietals including Malbec, parts of barrels to create unique designs. “Focusing on the vineyard theme has given Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Petit me a niche I’ve never had before and it’s doing Verdot. really well,” she said. “I’ve been very fortunate to work with Future plans for Arterra include “Create people that are equality ambitious and conand Taste” experiences where visitors can come cerned with quality,” he said. “Even once our and sample the wine while they work with Sandy vineyard is established I’ll continue working with in her art studio located next to the tasting room them because the product is so great.” or go out into the vineyard to draw scenic views. Jason grew up in an agricultural family and Throughout the whole journey, Jason and participated in 4-H but wasn’t exposed to vineSandy have worked to realize their vision of yards until he was an adult. After earning a Bachcreating a space in which craftsmanship, both in elors and Masters degree in horticulture from the wine and art, can thrive in the same venue. University of Maryland, he worked for Loudoun County as a commercial horticulturalist and that “Everything about this is us,” Sandy said. “It’s been an incredible process. We are so humexposed him to the ins and outs of vineyards. “Jason does two things that set him apart bled by how our family and friends have been so from other wine makers in the area,” Sandy said. supportive emotionally and financially. People in “One of them is native yeast fermentation, which the wine community have been so encouraging. means that all the fermentation starts with the We are very lucky and happy to be able to follow yeast that’s already on the skin. It’s a slower start- our dreams.” n ing fermentation but its what gives the wine a

Middleburg Life, March 2015  
Middleburg Life, March 2015