A Call to Action

I got into winemaking for many reasons, the love of farming and definitely a love of wine. I get butterflies in my stomach when I see sweeping vineyards and land being farmed to create products that not only bring joy to customers, but also provide a much-needed boost into the economy of the surrounding areas.

It is with this in mind that I request your help regarding a certain matter, that not only affects us at Keswick Vineyards, but also potentially many other wineries in the county of Albemarle in the future. We opened our doors last year for weddings to be hosted on the property knowing that many a bride would want to say their vows surrounded by beautiful vineyards, with gorgeous views of the Southwest Mountains. What better way to start a new chapter in one’s life.

Albemarle County’s noise ordinance leaves much to personal interpretation, and dependent on the surrounding residents may be used to force the wineries to cease holding these events. It is with this in mind that I urge you to read the information regarding this ordinance, and if you feel like we do, to sign the petition as either a resident or non-resident of Albemarle County [there are two specific petitions].

Petition for Albemarle county residents

Petition for non-residents

We are having a public hearing at the county office building on March 9th at 6pm and showing your support  would be greatly appreciated.


Keswick Vineyards


4 comments on “A Call to Action

  1. Stephen, had a few comments on my blog that might interest Keswick. Can someone furnish details re:efforts made to be considerate of their neighbors? I’m listening to JTIM at the moment and next subject is Keswick and noise!

    • Tricia
      I would be more than happy do so. We have invested heavily in directional sound equipment by BOSE. We have adsorptive material side curtains for the tent. WE have covered every hard surface that might reflect noise with straw bales and we have planted many plants that will form a hedge that should help adsorb the music. This only pertains to weddings, but we do more with regard to basic fam work. I do not spray outside of business hours, do not spray in winds more than 4mph to reduce drift. We have shortened vineyard rows and planted hedge tress around our property to retard drift. While this does not pertain to the specific issue at hand, it does show that we have been considerate of our neighbors with regards to more than just sound

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