Gotta lotta love at Nar­mada Win­ery

Rap­pa­han­nock County gets first per­ma­nent Love sign

Rappahannock News - - The Rapp - By Jeff Say Culpeper Times

Nar­mada Win­ery is feel­ing the love. The win­ery, lo­cated at 43 Nar­mada Lane in Amissville, wel­comed Vir­ginia’s 164th Love sculp­ture to its prop­erty with a joint rib­bon cut­ting be­tween the Culpeper Cham­ber of Com­merce, the Fauquier Cham­ber of Com­merce and the Busi­nesses of Rap­pa­han­nock.

“This is awe­some,” owner and wine­maker Dr. Sudha Patil said. “We take a lot of pride in Vir­ginia here. It’s just a won­der­ful place to be and to make wine. It’s a dream come true for us.”

Nar­mada is celebratin­g its 10th year in Amissville, cul­mi­nat­ing with a cel­e­bra­tion on Nov. 16. Patil, who vis­its other Love signs with her fam­ily, says that she hopes that tourists will come to take pic­tures with the new sign

and then stay for the wine.

The sign — painted by John Kier­nan, a de­signer with Golden Rule Builders — fea­tures vines, grapes, wine and at the top left of the ‘L’ an in­tri­cate wine glass with Nar­mada spelled out on the stem.

Kier­nan, who has done dec­o­ra­tive paint­ing since 2001, has been a club mem­ber at Nar­mada and has known the Patil fam­ily for years. So, when he got the call to paint the iconic sculp­ture, he knew ex­actly what he was go­ing to do.

“It’s a lot of fun,” Kier­nan said. “I re­ally wanted to design and paint it in how I en­vi­sion Nar­mada Win­ery. It’s very spe­cific to Sudha. That was the re­ally fun part, mak­ing it so you wouldn’t see this any­where else.”

A crowd of more than 50 peo­ple from Rap­pa­han­nock, Culpeper and Fauquier coun­ties came out in a light driz­zle to watch the un­veil­ing and then pose for pic­tures in front of the sign.

“It’s re­ally neat to see ev­ery­one’s ex­pres­sion,” Kier­nan said. “The im­pact you have on peo­ple is always worth it.”

The Vir­ginia Tourism Cor­po­ra­tion is celebratin­g 50 years of the slogan “Vir­ginia is for Lovers” this year.

This is the first per­ma­nent Love sign in Rap­pa­han­nock County, but this is the third time Rap­pa­han­nock has hosted the iconic sign — as a trav­el­ing sign stayed tem­po­rar­ily at the vis­i­tor’s cen­ter and again last year for a few days dur­ing Inn­stock.

“Vir­ginia is for Lovers and Nar­mada is for lovers,” Fauquier Cham­ber Pres­i­dent/CEO Joe Mor­gan said.

BY RAY BOC

Along with sev­eral mem­bers of her staff, Nar­mada Win­ery owner Sudha Patil (squeez­ing in be­tween the ‘V’) helps un­veil a new ‘LOVE’ sign at the pop­u­lar vine­yards and tast­ing room in Amissville. The cre­ative sign was in­stalled to honor 50 years of the “Vir­ginia is for Lovers” cam­paign.

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