A Boutique Farm Winery
8 Chains North is located just 8 miles west of Leesburg, Virginia. We are a boutique farm winery showcasing handcrafted, Old-World-style wines. Our warm and inviting Tasting Room is located in a renovated barn, which also houses Production and a beautiful private event space—all with stunning vineyard views. We are dog-friendly and open year round. Enjoy our extensive patio during the season, and a roaring fire in the cold-weather months.
Great wines are made in the vineyard. Consequently, this careful attention to viticulture is evident in our complex, well-balanced dry reds and crisp, dry whites. We invite you to enjoy the fruits of our labor in every glass.
Philosophy: Navigate, Cultivate, Create, Appreciate™
We own it, grow it, make it, and sell it. Because he is the owner, Ben must navigate the myriad issues involved with being a farm winery. These include federal, state and county rules and regulations; planning for the growth of the business, expanding our vineyards and identifying the most suitable grapes to plant. Moreover, Ben is our grower. He cultivates our vineyards from planting to harvest. Ben is also our winemaker, and creates delicious wines each vintage. Finally, his greatest pleasure is for you to appreciate his craft—the wine!
Ben Renshaw founded 8 Chains North in 2006. He and his father planted the first vineyard, Furnace Mountain, on his sister’s farm north of Leesburg, Virginia. He first bottled under the 8 Chains North brand in 2007. And in 2010, Renshaw created a permanent home for the winery in a renovated barn in Waterford, Virginia.
Renshaw is a vineyard guy. He manages 8 Chains North’s three Loudoun County vineyards: Furnace Mountain, Waterford (the site of the winery), and Shoemaker School. His tireless work in the field makes the critical difference in the cellar, where his style can best be described as hands-off. He is renowned in the region for his commitment to viticulture, and we are proud to play a vital part in the Virginia and Loudoun County wine communities.
8 chains north of what?
First of all, a chain is a unit of measurement equal to 66 feet. In 1620, English clergyman Edmund Gunter developed an accurate way of surveying land using a chain made up of 100 links. During the 19th century in the U.S., surveyors commonly used the chain to lay out townships and map the country along train routes. And in 1785, the federal government required all their surveys be conducted using a Gunter’s chain.
The second part of this riddle has to do with the location of our first vineyard. Ben planted it north of Leesburg along the Potomac River. During the Civil War, Confederate engineers dug down the banks of the river to make a crossing for the wagons and artillery of the Army of Northern Virginia. Thus, the site of the vineyard is 1.8 chains (118.8 ft.) upriver of White’s Ford. This is where the army crossed the Potomac into Maryland. Finally, we took some poetic license and called ourselves “8 Chains North.” Take a look at our wine labels or the large map when you enter the Tasting Room. You’ll see a rendering of Loudoun County and a dot or star designating the location of our vineyard.