Founded in 1978, Grayhaven is one of the oldest commercial vineyards in the state of Virginia. In 1994, Grayhaven Winery was granted the 22nd Farm Winery license in Virginia, a state with over 400 wineries in 2020. We are three generations of vintners who's experience spans the entire length of the Virginia wine industry, beginning with the Virginia Farm Wineries Act of 1976.
Charles (Chuck) and Evelyn (Lyn) Peple, with daughters Mallory and Max, moved to the old Isbell Estate in Gum Spring, VA in 1978 - with the intention of establishing a vineyard and eventually launching a winery.
Today, the winery remains family owned and operated. While our beloved founder Lyn Peple passed away in 2019, 86 year old Chuck is still involved in the winery and vineyards - dispensing his immense wisdom, forever poking holes in the Kawasaki upholstery with his vine pruners and pitching up every day for his afternoon glass of wine with visitors.
Since 2001, Max Peple-Abrams and her South African husband Deon Abrams have run the day to day at the winery. You can find them anywhere from the vineyard, to the cellar and also serving customers. The winery's newest employee, 15 year old Azra Abrams, can be found bottling wine, meeting, greeting and seating customers, and bussing tables.
Grayhaven's amazing staff and volunteers can be found in the tasting room, at events and farmers markets, or bottling wine.
We are immensely proud of our team, whose hard work, intelligence, good humor and kindness are a gift to Grayhaven and all of our visitors.
Grayhaven specializes in small-batch production of estate wines as well as imports of select South African Wines. We grow over 17 varieties of estate grapes, including Pinotage, Chambourcin, Petit Verdot, Touriga Nacional, Marechal Foch, and Seyval Blanc. The winery is well known for its signature wines - Pinotage, Rivercrest Port, and Piedmont Pommeau.
A relaxed atmosphere, surrounded by koi ponds, lush cottage gardens, loads of out-door seating and nature walks await you, just 25 minutes west of Richmond and 30 minutes east of Charlottesville. We take great joy in providing a wonderful, meaningful experience for everyone. We are family-friendly and pet friendly too. You don't need a reservation, even in 2020
Copyright © 2021 Grayhaven Winery - All Rights Reserved.