Attimo Winery – The Movie

Added 3/10/10:  Eclipse Winery has a new name – Attimo Winery!  We've changed the post's title to reflect Attimo's new name.

From Anne Clelland:

Roses in the vineyard at Eclipse Winery He's a microbiologist.  She's an architect.  They fell in love and bought a vineyard.

And they brought people together.

That could be a movie.

At a thank-you gathering given by Rik and Melissa Obiso for those who have been part of the start-up of Eclipse Winery, I was reminded frequently of films such as A Good Year and French Kiss where miracles of humanity and nature happen in a vineyard.

Besides an architect and a microbiologist, present were an extension service agent, a pro golf official, an art teacher, an inventive mechanic known as MacGyver, a university professor, a grandma, the neighbor from next door, the neighbor from over the hill, and running children (through grapevines).

Eclipse Winery belongs to the Obisos, of course, and yet…

"These are the vines I planted."  "When was bud break?"  "We have voles.  Do you have voles?"

A community plants grapevines at Eclipse WineryEach person has a literal and figurative stake in the vineyard.  Each has planted grapevines, weeded grapevines, given knowledgeable or semi-knowledgeable advice on grapevines, fixed grapevine-tending equipment, or in some way joined Rik and Melissa Obiso in believing – not in a movie version - but in a real vineyard.

And not on a movie set, either.  In rural, southwest Virginia.

Each was drawn to the inexpressible magic, romance, and possibility of a vineyard. 

And to a young couple who, with love and belief, bought a vineyard.

The wine grapes grow at Eclipse Winery.


Guest columnists Rik and Melissa Obiso, co-owners of Eclipse Winery, LLC, a new winery located in the New River Valley of Virginia, write Today's Eclipse, a weekly wine recommendation for Handshake 2.0.  Eclipse Winery, LLC plans to open to the public as early as 2012.  The Eclipse Winery story, Couple hope grapes will yield dream business was featured in The Roanoke Times.  You're invited to read all the Today's Eclipse recommendations, more about Eclipse Winery, and about Rik Obiso on Handshake 2.0.  You can follow Eclipse Winery on Twitter @eclipsewinery.

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