“come & get them”
The origin of our name, “Molon Lave” is a historic ancient Greek phrase that dates back to the year 480 BC, at the Battle of Thermopylae. This epic battle took place between a few thousand Greek soldiers, and thousands and thousands of invading forces, who greatly outnumbered the Greeks. The leader of the invading force, in an effort to coerce the Greeks into surrender, encouraged King Leonidas, the leader of the 300 Spartans, to surrender and give up their weapons. Leonidas’ response? “Molon Lave”, which means “Come and Get Them”. According to historians, the result of that battle has helped to shape western civilization into what it is today. It is a phrase that has inspired throughout the centuries a sense of dignity and pride, and a way of perceiving life. After six years of hard work and determination, and a lifelong passion, Molon Lave Vineyards is a dream come true for the Papadopoulos family. Originally from Greece, where grapes and wine have been part of the culture for centuries, Louizos, a fourth generation jeweler, located in Northern Virginia, presents a fusion of European winemaking traditions melded with grapes grown in the State. Only an hour’s drive from where it all began with Thomas Jefferson, Virginia, the first State to embrace growing grapevines, has become one of the most notable states in the nation for fine quality wines. Our vineyard consists of nine acres on which we grow Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Viognier, Chambourcin, Riesling, and Pinot Gris. Our goal is to plant up to twenty acres in the next couple of years. Our award-winning Winemaker, Louis Papadopoulos, and owner of Mediterranean Cellars has made wine for all of his adult life and brings his experience and eclectic taste to the Molon Lave team.
The grounds are beautiful and the building was beautifully decorated. The staff was nice and very knowledgeable about wines and the winery itself. The tasting was delightful. There were many good wines and we had a hard time selecting which wines to buy.
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Molon Lave Vineyards and Winery
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