Kalero Vineyard is a beautiful 130-acre farm nestled on Short Hill Mountain in Western Loudoun County. Owners Fran and Ann Fortin bought the property in 2015 with the ambitious intention of starting a vineyard and making wine.
The farm was home to an old barn that still had great bones, but had been neglected for ages. The former owners, the Potts Family, shared that a cornerstone on the barn has the year 1834 carved into it with the initials of their ancestors – AC (Andrew Copeland) and JP (John Price). This barn managed to survive the infamous burning raids of Loudoun County during the Civil War.
In 2016, the new owners embarked upon an extensive renovation project to save the barn and turn it into a year round event venue. The mission was to preserve the barn’s integrity and keep as much of the original structure as possible. The magnificent stonework and large timber beams remain, as well as the antique hay fork. The new barn doors are hung with the original hardware.
The barn has a authentic copper roof, and wood reclaimed from the renovation has been lovingly repurposed throughout the structure. The renovation took over a year to complete, and on October 20, 2017 the barn had the honor of hosting its first wedding.
The barn has been fondly nicknamed Heartstone Barn in honor of a unique heart-shaped stone discovered on the property by the owner’s twin daughters.
We currently have 20 acres planted in six varietals with an additional 5 acres to be added in spring of 2018. Most of our grapes are sold to local Virginia wineries, but we are making a small batch of our own this fall – so stay tuned!
We hope to begin renovation of the old stone house on the property in 2018-19.