North Gate Vineyard is owned and operated by Mark and Vicki Fedor. We started in 1997 by caring for a few neglected grape vines on the North Gate property we had just purchased. That small effort has led us down a path which we are still walking. Along the way we have learned by doing. We’ve made some mistakes, had some successes, worked hard, and had a lot of fun. More importantly, we’ve met some smart, wonderful people who have helped mentor us and cultivate the passion and dedication for excellence that we have for growing grapes and making wine.
From 2003-2006 we were working as winemakers for Corcoran Vineyards, another vineyard in Loudoun County, where our vintages won over 50 medals in both national and international competitions. In 2007, North Gate became a fully licensed Farm Winery and we began operating from our garage. We sold our North Gate wine at several farmers’ markets 5-6 days a week, festivals, restaurants, and other retailers, and also opened to the public for farm tours twice a year. Soon we reached the garage’s production capacity, so we built a tasting room and production facility on our property to LEED gold certification standards. North Gate Vineyard is 100% solar powered. It is one of only two wineries in Virginia built to LEED standards, but North Gate is the only production winery in the state certified as LEED gold.
After winning many awards at Corcoran Vineyards, our North Gate wines were also successful. We have won many awards with vintages dating to 2005. Take a peek at the awards page for a full list of our achievements.
As we have mentioned, the path is neverending, there is always something new to learn in this business. We hope you find this web site inspirational and educational. Please check out the other pages to find out more details about our vineyard, our wines, our winemaking philosophies, and our green initiatives. Please drop us a line as we love to hear comments, suggestions and answer questions.