The Winery is where the magic happens—from planting to harvest to what you’ll sip during your visit. 8 Chains North strives to embody the true spirit of a Virginia farm winery and to extend that feeling to our guests. Our owner, Ben Renshaw, is also our winegrower—he handles all cultivation of the vineyards and handcrafts our old-world-style wines.
The Tasting Room
From its eclectic beginnings to newly refined makeover, the Tasting Room offers guests a spacious, yet intimate setting—cozy chairs, seating for small groups, a gallery wall featuring Loudoun County artists, and some fun and funky decorative touches. It is welcoming and comfortable and will make you want to buy a bottle and stay a while—for the wine, the view, weekly music, and camaraderie. In cooler weather, warm up by the roaring fireplace. And during the season, you’ll love the covered patio’s southern exposure, which overlooks our Waterford vineyard.
The Waterford Vineyard and site of the winery consists of six acres growing Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Albariño and Malbec varietals. One of three vineyard locations and 18 total acres, you’ll enjoy gazing at the softly rolling landscape, and in the evenings you may often see the winegrower walking the rows with his two German shepherds. The sunsets are lovely and serene and the setting is a natural for wedding ceremonies.
The patio leads to a large fenced lawn area. There’s room for a game of bocce ball and space for our younger guests to run and play. In addition to being family-friendly, we also allow leashed dogs in the Tasting Room and backyard. We even built a fenced dog park where our four-legged guests may play off the leash and make new friends. Seating is first come-first served. For reserved seating for small-to-medium private parties, we offer a tent, tables, and chairs set apart from the patio. Wedding ceremonies, vow renewals, and other intimate special occasions may be set up beyond the fence, offering a spectacular, natural setting with great vineyard views.
The Compass Rose Banquet Room
Unveiled in June 2014, our Compass Rose Banquet Room is just right for your corporate or private special occasion—a large open space with high ceilings, elegant lighting, and multiple double doors opening onto the patio with a view of the vineyard. Set between our Tasting Room and Production Room with its own entrance, there is also an adjacent catering kitchen, making for effortless and functional service.
The Production Room
In the Production Room, you’ll find French and American oak barrels (and a few puncheons!), stainless steel tanks, and all the equipment needed to manage the vineyards, harvest grapes, process, ferment, and age the wine. All winemaking is done on site at the Waterford location—usually right in front of the building. Bottling occurs by mobile truck, also in the parking lot.