New winery opens today

James "Jim" Bogaty

The growing list of wineries in the Northern Shenandoah Valley will have a new addition today with the opening of James Charles Winery and Vineyard in Winchester.

James Charles is the latest venture from James “Jim” Bogaty and the Bogaty Family Wine Group, which owns Veramar Vineyard in Berryville and Bogati Bodega and Vineyard in Round Hill.

Bogaty said the new winery will have classic tastings of their European-style red and white wines as well as “light snacks” available today.

Bogaty has mentioned that all of the wine sold and served at James Charles will come from grapes grown on-site. They have planted 1.5 acres, and plan to plant more in the spring.

“We’ll be starting to plant red grape vines up here and around the building – the rest of the 17 acres,” Bogaty said.

Bogaty described the winery as “a new modern facility” that was designed to look like a contemporary barn – only with patio seating, a fireplace and fire pit and a full tasting room.

“It’s all finished with rustic sliding barn doors in our members-only lounge called The Legacy Lounge,” Bogaty said, noting that memberships run $60 every business quarter and feature three bottles.

The whole project cost around $750,000, which Bogaty said is more expensive than any previous winery he has undertaken.

“This is the first that I’ve built from the ground up. The other ones I’ve retrofitted from other buildings,” Bogaty said. “It’s probably the best experience I had building a building.”

Today’s opening is one week ahead of what Bogaty had estimated back when the ground was broken for the building in March.

“We had super craftsmen involved in building this facility, very dedicated and very professional,” he said.

The grand opening of James Charles Winery will begin at noon today.

Contact staff writer Kevin Green at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or kgreen@nvdaily.com