Sheep, Wool, & Grapes

WeatherLea is a working farm, home to a flock of about 35 sheep that annually produce about 10 spring lambs (most years).  The flock is guarded by two llamas and herded by our two Border Collies when (and only when) they are in the mood.  (No sheepdog champions here, just great pets named Jack and Jill!) 
Ours are Romney sheep, a breed that is renowned for its fine wool.  Each year we have some of our wool processed in Vermont, Massachusetts and Maryland into yarn and woven throws that we sell directly to consumers; please email us at info@weatherleafarm.com to learn more.  We also supply raw wool to Solitude Yarns, a wonderful local business that sells its superb yarns at the Dupont Circle Farm Market in Washington D.C. as well as at the Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival (Howard County Fairgrounds, first weekend in May), the New York State Sheep & Wool Festival (Rhinebeck, NY, mid-October) and other major festivals throughout the country.
Sheep at Morton Barn          Basket of Yarn
At WeatherLea Farm we grow wine grapes for sale to our partner winery, North Gate Vineyard in Purcellville, VA.  Our vineyard produces primarily Cabernet Franc grapes, with additional small plantings of Malbec and Petit Manseng for our own “hobby” wine-making.  North Gate’s award-winning wines – one of which is a Meritage blend (which includes WeatherLea grapes) is currently featured in the “Governor’s Case” of the 12 best wines in Virginia.  North Gate wines are available to our B&B cottage guests and wedding clients at discounted prices.  Weddings are also enhanced by our beautiful hilltop vineyard setting, where many couples opt to hold their post-ceremony cocktail hours.