Since ancient times, wine has been stored in natural caves because they provide high humidity, which minimizes evaporation, and cool, constant temperatures – key components of aging wine.
Maggie Malick Wine Cave’s 215-acre property extends up Short Hill Mountain, which is part of the Blue Ridge Mountain range. But its soil is composed of soft shale that won’t support a cave in its mountain side. So, we built one.
Wine caves are an integral component of the wine industry worldwide. Ours was was purchased as a “cut and cover” cave kit. The photo slideshow, below, illustrates how it was built.
Our Wine Cave is a versatile space that serves as our tasting room, as well as where we ferment, store, blend and bottle Maggie’s award-winning wine. Come and see it for yourself!
The new banquet hall doubles as a storage area when not being used for private events and weddings. It held our lug trays full of grapes while we harvested, crushed and started the wine-making process.
It can seat up to 120 and has a catering work area. Although there is no kitchen, there is plenty of room for keeping food warm and beverages cold with catering equipment.