Granite Heights: A Doctor and a Lawyer walk into an 1820’s farmhouse
Est. in 2008
What do you get when you mix a doctor, a lawyer, and an 1820’s farmhouse? Well, you get Granite Heights Winery!
When Luke and Toni Kilyk decided to start their own winery, there was never a question of who would run the day-to-day operations. The love and devotion of their own hands have gone into making every ounce of their handcrafted wines. And being involved in every step of the way in the formation of their winery has given them an appreciation for the time, effort, and sweat that goes into creating and running an operational winery. They work on harvesting, processing, and pressing the grapes, filling the barrels, and upkeeping the grounds… not to mention the tough job of the occasional quality assurance test. Each step is executed by the two of them (with occasional help, of course) with one mission in mind: to make a high-quality wine that speaks for itself.
But it hasn’t been all work and no play for these two. Case in point: the rooms within their farmhouse property. Each room was decorated in its own theme- from the pop-culture/Seinfeld room, an eclectic dining room complete with photos of their dogs, a room dedicated to the history of the property, and their formal tasting room. The personalities of Luke and Toni shine through with every step and every sip at Granite Heights. Whether you’re enjoying the pond view from the porch, or taking in the sunset over a glass of wine with friends, the Kilyks want to ensure that every step and every sip makes you feel at home.
When producing their wine, if it’s not something they would buy, then it’s not something they want to sell. Their small batch production allows them to be discerning when it comes to quality, and that shines through in the awards that they have taken home. Since 2014, Granite Heights has won almost one third of the Virginia Governor’s Cup Wine Competition gold medals awarded to wineries in Fauquier County. In 2019, Granite Heights took home two of the three gold medals awarded to Fauquier County wineries in the Governor’s Cup competition. The Washington Post even named their wines as one of their top overall choices for Central Virginia.
Although they only have about a dozen acres under vine, each acre has 2,000 vines in what is known as high-density planting. That planting technique allows them to grow seven different varietals on site, with their reds being the best-sellers. When you focus on quality equipment, careful workmanship, and an exceptional product, sometimes 12 acres is all that you need to produce a one-of-a-kind product that keeps people coming back.
When you stop by Granite Heights, keep an eye out for Toni and Luke who are probably working hard on something at the winery to make your visit an exceptional one. Be sure to say hi!
Our Best Seller: The reds are a hit!
Visit Granite Heights at 8141 Opal Rd, Warrenton, VA 20186. Find their hours and more information at http://www.gh.wine.