The popular Tarara Concert Series opens this weekend not only kicking off more than four months of Saturday evening live music performances, but also helping to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Tarara Winery.
On June 1, 1989, Whitie and Margaret Hubert opened the doors of their new home as Loudoun County’s third winery. Th ey opened with a 600-square-foot tasting room in their basement and no paid employees, just a winemaker, a vineyard consultant and a few people helping with the 5-acre vineyard.
Today, the 475-acre operation is centered around a 6,000 square-foot cave and 50 acres of vineyard along with hundreds of acres of other agricultural crops including blackberries, a tree nursery and apples. The couple’s retirement hobby has welcomed nearly 1 million visitors—attracted by the award-winning wines, stunning view and lively music.
During Memorial Day weekend, Tarara Winery will celebrate its 30th anniversary with family and adult activities around the property, including vineyard tours and a sneak peek into the cave. Special experiences will showcase Tarara vs. the World, Riedel Stemware, the History of Tarara through vertical tastings, barrel tastings and more. Tarara Winery also will release two highly anticipated new wines for the anniversary—the “1987” Chardonnay 2017 and Long Bomb Edition 10 2016. Th e Chardonnay is the premier white wine to date coming solely from the winery’s very first plantings in 1987.
“The joy of owning Tarara is far greater than knowing we have made great wine. It’s more than having a successful business for 30 years. What truly has brought me great joy is seeing thousands of smiling faces every year in our guests, staff and friends,” Margaret Hubert said.
For the past decade, General Manager and Winemaker Jordan Harris has focused on producing top quality wines.
“When I moved here to Tarara Winery and Loudoun County, I anticipated I would be here no more
than six months and keep travelling,” Harris said. “Twelve years later, I have settled here with my family
as being at Tarara Winery has been a dream come true. The Huberts, the staff, the guests and the community
have been integral to my family’s life. I couldn’t be happier to be part of seeing Tarara into its 30th year and look forward to living more of my dream in the future years. Tarara Winery and Loudoun County is home and we are thrilled to show it to so many.”
Rockin’ and Dancin’ Every Saturday Night
This weekend also marks the 20th anniversary of the Tarara Concert Series, which has been recognized as among the top tourism draws in the county.
The popular ’80s band Reflex opens the series on Saturday and will return to close out the summer fun in September.
The series organizers have these recommendations for firsttime visitors: Bring a blanket orfolding chair; you’re welcome to pack a picnic, but there are always great food trucks on site; and remember that outside alcohol is not permitted, but Tarara’s award-winning wines will be available at the concert venue.
Also, don’t sleep on getting your tickets. Some of the hottest shows on this year’s scheduled are Crack the Sky with Stanley Whitaker (June 15), Th e Legwarmers (July 6 and Sept. 7); Gonzo’s Nose (July 13), Three Sheets to the Wind (July 20) and Sam Grow with Delta Spur (Sept. 21).
The full schedule and tickets can be found at tararaconcerts.com.