Stephen and Shannon Mackey share a passion for music and have equally ambitious spirits. They conceived the idea of owning a winery to pair wine with music in 2002, and when they married in 2004, their non-traditional wedding registry included grape vines. Today the Mackeys have six acres in cultivation, and are handcrafting wines from Viognier, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot grapes.
The winery’s name combines the Italian nota meaning "music note," and viva meaning "with life," and their wines are named using musical terminology, such as the award-winning Cantabile Cabernet Franc. Each wine is paired with a genre of music, such as the barrel-fermented Ottantotto Viognier, which is best served with new age solo piano music.
Notaviva Vineyards is arguably Loudoun County’s most technologically advanced tasting facility. The magnificent 4,500-square-foot state-of-the-art timber-frame building was designed to be a tasting room as well as a venue for live music performances, which they offer most weekends throughout the year. The facility also serves as the couple’s home, and is regularly featured on the Do-It-Yourself (DIY) television network show "Dream House" where you can watch it being built from the ground up.
Priding themselves on the enthusiasm of their friendly staff, the welcoming atmosphere of their tasting room, and the creativity of their special events, the Mackeys endeavor to deliver all that is wonderful about wine and music.
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