The History of Rebec Vineyards

We named our vineyard after a medieval stringed instrument, the rebec. A forerunner of the modern violin, the rebec represented our commitment to old-world craftsmanship in winemaking. Incidentally, one of the musicians in Romeo and Juliet identifies himself by the instrument he plays: the rebec!

In 1980, founder Richard Hanson planted the eight acres of noble vitis vinifera grapes. By 1987, the wine produced began selling under the Rebec label. Now, a quarter of a century later, sixteen wines are marketed via winery visits, festivals and local restaurant and retail establishments.

The winery was designed and built by Mr. Hanson and his son-in-law Mark Magruder. The building features rich weathered chestnut siding and exposed beams from a 200 year old tobacco barn, which was once on this historic farm.

In addition to producing several award-winning wines, and being a forerunner in the Virginia wine industy, Rebec is best known for our annual Virginia Wine & Garlic Festival.  The festival began in 1991, and has grown into Virginia’s largest agricultural festival. Held each year in October, visitors from across the nation visit our country vineyard for a “stinkin’ good time”!

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