The Marshall Minute    I    March, 2008












If you’ve taken a drive west of Marshall along Route 55 in the past few months, you may have noticed the big construction project on a slope among the fields. This is Barrel Oak Winery, which is scheduled for a grand  opening on May 23.

It’s owners, Sharon and Brian Roeder, met at Georgetown University as graduate students and have been together ever since. One day the two were dreaming about which direction to take with their lives when Sharon came up with a scenario of “checking the vines in the misty morn with her dog and a cup of coffee. “ Brian took that idea and ran with it. Now Sharon runs the vineyard, Brian runs the business, and their playful dogs run the show.

Barrel Oak Winery is located on Grove Lane, between Marshall and Delaplane. The building employs stateof-the-art green technologies, such as a geothermal heating/cooling system and high efficiency insulation, but the  façade will have more of an old-world look. The large patio overlooks the historic John Marshall property and has expansive views of the surrounding hills. Inside, a majestic hearth made from native stone holds court in the high-ceilinged tasting room with extra space for meetings, weddings, education, and catered dinners. Downstairs, the massive underground winemaking facility will also be on view to visitors.opening, Barrel Oak Winery will be open for tastings and tours Wednesdays through Mondays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sharon and Brian Roeder may be reached by email at, or by phone at (703) 798-8308, or at (540)364-6402 starting in May. Their website is They look forward to hosting community events and becoming part of the Marshall experience.

After the May 23rd