Welcome to The Marterella Winery website!!!
Our business began back in December 2000- when we purchased this pretty rolling property in the heart of Fauquier County. The site location is ideal for growing grapes due to the many ideal factors of slope, elevation, sun aspect, great soils, and the protection of Wild Cat Mountain ridge on the North side.
Our current winery
The first year was spent preparing our vineyard and winery site- putting in a road, drilling a well, getting essential power connections and planting the first 500 vines- Cabernet Franc! AND we started humble. We used our storage shed for the first 4 years to house all the vineyard equipment.
Our humble vineyard shed
In the Spring of 2002 – we continued our vineyarddevelopment and planted Vidal Blanc and Chambourcin and expanded our Cabernet Franc plantings. The vineyard was named Falcon Glen Vineyard LLC… after the street and a formal LLC was established in June of 2002.
Katherine pruning Merlot in Winter 2011
In the Fall of 2002 Katherine studied in France the month of November touring Bordeaux and Burgundy learning the art of classic viticulture and wine making. On this trip Katherine estabished long term relationships with Dr.Bruce Zoecklin, Dr. Tony Wolf, and Professor Pascal Durand of the University of Burgundy.
For the next three years, Katherine concentrated on the vineyard cultivating it’s growth and health. The summer of 2005 the construction of the present winery building began and was completed the summer of 2006. We opened our tasting room on October 8, 2006.
Marterella Winery Tasting Room- small, elegant, cozy
Katherine continued expansion of her vineyard the spring of 2007 and planted Pinot Grigio, Merlot, and Petit Manseng. She continued her studies in France the Fall of 2007 and returned with new wine goals to produce a superior dry rose and a true dessert wine from her Petit Manseng Vineyard.
Katherine with Alfredo planting the Petit Manseng Vineyard- April 2007
Throughout the journey of establishing a vineyard and winery - 13 years—- the Marterella family successfully became a boutique producer of high quality, award winning premium Virginia wines specializing in small lot production. Our winery and tasting room is nestled in the middle of our healthy, established, 7 and 13 year old 8 acre vineyard (Falcon Glen Vineyard) planted in Cabernet Franc, Pinot Grigio,Petit Manseng, Merlot, Vidal Blanc, and Chambourcin.
Cabernet Franc Vineyard
Leave the pressures of everyday life behind – visit us and enjoy our wines while taking in the beautiful scenery from our Italian style terrazzo overlooking the vineyard.
Jerry’s Point of View
Located in the heart of Virginia Wine Country, just North of Old Town Warrenton, Marterella Winery is a little slice of italy in the Virginia countryside.