Veramar Keeps it in the Family at New Bogati Bodega

Posted by / Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

This past Saturday, Veramar Vineyard hosted a tasting event for wine bloggers.  Three blogs were represented: Virginia Wine Dogs, Schiller Wine, and Northern Virginia Magazine, Gut Check. 

Winemaker Justin Bogaty provided a wealth of information, including Virginia labeling regulations and distinctions between Veramar and other vineyards. 

The learning process continued when owner Jim Bogaty enlightened us on the history of Veramar–named after the restaurant, Vera-Mar Steakhouse, in which James and his wife, Della, spent their honeymoon–and Virginia wine during a small tour of the property. 

Owner Jim Bogady explains the press process

Owner Jim Bogaty explains the press process

Jim Bogaty also informed us of Veramar’s newest venture, Bogati Bodega & Vineyard.

Continuing the family tradition, Bogati Bodega & Vineyard will be managed by Tiffany and Ashley Bogaty—Jim’s daughters—in Round Hill, VA. 

The Bodega is inspired by the wine and culture of Argentina, where guests can relax under the “Buenos Aires Terrace.”  It can be easily accessed off Route 7, yet it will still have country charm with a hint of Latin flare.

Winemaker Justin Bogaty will make the wines specifically for Bogati Bodega.  Wines will be made and bottled at Veramar Vineyard but can only be tasted and purchased at Bogati Bodega & Vineyard.

Five to six, varietals will be served, including a Blonde Sangria.  Three types of tastings will be available for guests:

- Classic: daily, 12-6p.m.; $7. Guided tastings. No appointments necessary for groups of 10 or less.

- Wine & Tapas: daily, 12-6p.m.; $25.  Combine your tasting experience with Artisan cheeses, fruits, and olives provided by.  This experience will be unguided. Reservations are recommended,

- Wine & Appetizers: Saturdays and Sundays only, 1 & 3p.m. $45.  A special seasonal four appetizer menu will be paired with four wines in the “Enoteca Room.” Wines and menu vary seasonally.

Justin Bogady pouring red wine through a wine aerator

Winemaker Justin Bogaty pouring red wine through a wine aerator

The Bodega will have three main indoor areas along with an outdoor space. 

The “Argentina Room” will host the main bar and tasting venue while an inviting seating area will contain a fireplace and red leather sofas for relaxing.

The “Enoteca Room” will be large enough for 30 guests during sit-down affairs and for 60 standing cocktail guests. 

There will also be an outdoor terrace, known as the “Buenos Aires Terrace,” on two sides of the building overlooking the pond and surrounding farmland. 

The Bogati Bodega & Vineyard will be open daily from 12-6pm and will be large enough to accommodate private events (i.e. rehearsal dinners, corporate events) and limo/bus tours. 

The space is currently under construction, but a grand opening is scheduled for May 1st.   

–Aisha Salazar

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2 Responses

Christian G.E. Schiller Says:

This was a wonderful afternoon at Veramar with great wines and great stories told by Jim Bogati. I will post something on Schiller Wine in due course. Thanks again. Christian

Munchkin Says:

Great meeting you at the bloggers’ event. The Wine Dogs have posted our review. check it out at

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