Molon Lave Vineyards is a family owned and operated farm winery located on fifty acres of pristine farmland in Warrenton, Virginia. Our vineyard, consisting of more than ten different varietals of grapes, currently consists of nine acres of fruit. More vines planted yearly with an ultimate goal of twenty acres of fruit produced on the property within the next three years. Estate grown grapes include Chardonnay, Riesling, Vidal, Chambourcin, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and more. The vines were established on the farm in 2003, and the winery and Tasting Room opened its doors on 1 November 2009.
After six years of hard work and determination combined with a lifelong passion, the opening of Molon Lave Vineyards in 2009 has been a dream come true for the Papadopoulos family. Originally from Greece, where grapes and wine have been part of the culture for centuries, winemaker and owner Louizos Papadopoulos presents a fusion of European wine making traditions melded with Virginia grown grapes.
Friendly and professional, sophisticated and welcoming, Molon Lave Vineyards embraces you in an infusion of delicious flavors with a unique Old World ambience!
Molon Lave Vineyards produces a lively variety of boutique style white, red, and rose wines available for tasting and purchase daily. We pride ourselves in producing a wine list of nearly exclusive 100% varietals, allowing our customers to fully experience the taste of the grape! We also produce Kokineli, a traditional Greek style rose, and are the first winery in Virginia to produce Kosher wines.
The origin of our name, Molon Lave, is an ancient Greek phrase that dates back to the year 480 BC, at the Battle of Thermopylae. This epic battle took place between a few thousand Greek soldiers and thousands and thousands of invading forces, who greatly outnumbered the Greeks. The leader of the invading force, in an effort to coerce the Greeks into surrender, encouraged King Leonidas, the leader of the 300 Spartans, to surrender and give up their weapons. Leonidas' response? Molon Lave, which translated to "Come and Get Them". According to historians, the result of that battle has helped to shape western civilization into what it is today. "Molon Lave" is a phrase that has inspired throughout the centuries a sense of dignity and pride, and a unique perception of life.