Mozart and malbec: Vineyard pairs wine with music

Notaviva Vineyards in Purcellville, Va., skips the cheese and pairs its wines with music. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)
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Rachel Nania | November 15, 2014 2:02 am

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WASHINGTON — The tasting room at Stephen and Shannon Mackey’s Loudoun County vineyard is every bit as quaint and cozy as one would expect to find at a local family-run winery.

There is a spacious bar for those coming to sample the vineyard’s varieties, rocking chairs by a large window overlooking the vines, three young boys running outside of the farmhouse … and Metallica blasting through the speakers.


“As former audio engineers, this is the coolest sound system in any winery in the world,” says Stephen Mackey, owner of Notaviva Vineyards in Purcellville, Va.

After a few additional minutes of Metallica, Stephen switches the sound system to Hank Jr., Usher and organ music.

“The music is a little heavy to enjoy with a white, crisp wine,” he says.


Stephen Mackey has a background in music engineering and recording. As a winemaker, he pairs his two passions of wine and music. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)

“Most people hear that organ come out and they say,

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