The Piedmont Driving Club accepted an invitation to display carriages during the Virginia Wine Fest on the grounds of the historic Belle Grove Plantation in Middletown, Va. Six turn outs came to enjoy the day and to be viewed by hundreds of jovial wine enthusiasts, who sampled some of Virginia’s very finest yield from eight different wineries.
Belle Grove is the perfect venue for carriages because it is not only beautiful to look at, but substantial and enduring. As stated in its website….. “Outlasting weather, war, family triumphs and tragedies, Belle Grove testifies to the persistence and courage of those who strove to excel and who built their houses to make a lasting mark on future generations.” Thus we were part of a timeless blend, creating a unique visual memory for all who attended.
Following the drive ‘round the manicured grounds, participants sampled wine, abundant food and – yes – went shopping! To the strains of traditional music, we strolled through vendors selling hand painted wine and beer glasses, jewelry and other items crafted from natural stones and segmented wooden bowls/cutting boards to name just a few.
It was a beautiful autumn day and a lovely experience for the Club. We are indebted to Club member Lisa Anderson for her vision and hard work in putting this together.