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, 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 patio leads to a large fenced lawn area. There’s room for a game of corn hole. In addition to being family-friendly, we also allow leashed dogs on the patio. In the separate fenced dog park, your 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.
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, offering a spectacular vineyard backdrop.
The Compass Rose Room
The Compass Rose Room is an ideal location for your corporate or private special occasion—a large open space with high ceilings, elegant lighting, cork-covered walls, and multiple French doors opening onto the patio with a view of the vineyard. There is a view into Production, and The Compass Rose Room has its own entrance and restroom facilities. There is also an adjacent catering kitchen, making for effortless and functional service.
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.
Vineyard management is the key to our success and great wine. Ben Renshaw maintains our own vineyards and provides custom management for another local winery in Purcellville.
8 Chains North Vineyard, Waterford, Va.
This vineyard is located at our winery in Waterford. First planting began in April 2010 with about 2 acres of Sauvignon Blanc and 1 acre of Albariño. The 2012 harvest provided the first crop of usable grapes for 8 Chains North wines. Today, the vineyard contains six acres total planted with Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Albariño, and Cabernet Franc.
Furnace Mountain Vineyard, Leesburg, Va.
Furnace Mountain was planted in April of 2006 on Ben’s sister Avis’s farm on the Potomac River north of Leesburg. There are 1.5 acres of Merlot, .5 acres of Malbec, .5 acres of Petit Verdot and .75 acres of Traminette. Furnace Mountain Vineyard continues to produce grapes used in 8 Chains North wines.
Shoemaker School Vineyard, Purcellville, Va.
Planting on this large property south of town began in the spring of 2014 and includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier. Plans including adding additional plantings of Syrah, Albariño, and Cabernet Franc.
Goose Creek Farms and Winery
Goose Creek is the home of Otium Cellars. Planted in 2007, this vineyard is home to several German varietals: Lemberger, Dornfelder and Grau Bergunder. This is an exceptionally grown and maintained vineyard—you’ll taste the quality in the Otium wines.