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Raise an 'upcycled' glass in Revalation Vineyard's new tasting room

Next time you raise a toast in the new tasting room at Revalation Vineyards, the glass in your hand may represent the generosity of someone as close as Madison County or as far away as Belgium.

The new tasting room at Revalation Vineyards in Madison will be unveiled during a grand-opening event starting at 11 a.m. March 8. Visitors will be able to see a wide variety of creative touches from Madison County artists and artisans, as well as multiple nods to sustainability through choices of materials that are put to new uses or, as owner Francoise Seillier-Moiseiwitsch said, “upcycled.”

“All of our glasses are upcycled,” Seillier-Moiseiwitsch told The Daily Progress. “They are glass, not plastic. I really believe wine should be drunk in nice glasses.”

Her fondness for finding new homes for overlooked and unwanted glassware began in her native Belgium, where a shopkeeper selling exquisite but expensive glasses and crystalware started putting aside some she no longer wanted.

“She had a sale basket of glasses nobody wanted but me,” Seillier-Moiseiwitsch said. “My husband was my mule, and he carried them back in his hand luggage.”

Seillier-Moiseiwitsch also built community connections to make sure everyone knew there was a home at Revalation for orphaned fine stemware. Local shop owners keep an eye out for new pieces for her. Estate sales often provide glasses, and customers have been generous. “Our customers bring them to us when they’re downsizing and their kids don’t want them, or when they’re moving,” she said. “Some of them may get broken, but they’re used.”

The new tasting room was created by architect Ted Jones of Charlottesville and contractor Nicolas Thionville of Madison County. Solar panels on the roof ensure a net-zero electrical usage in the tasting room below, and charging stations for electric vehicles also are powered by the sun.

The interior space features a bar top wrapped in copper by Robert Turner of Madison that was etched by Cathy Vaughn, who also created the bathroom mirrors. Madison County artist and woodworker Christina Boy covered the bar front in reclaimed wood. Overhead are chandeliers designed by Wendy Umanoff.

On the walls are barn quilts by Madison artist Elizabeth Bennett and a large commissioned painting by Richard Young, an artist who taught high school art for many years. Also on the walls are other paintings by Anne Marie DeMio Dowen.

Boy created some additional tables and furnishings for the room from reclaimed wood that included boards from cedars of Lebanon and blue atlas cedars from James Madison’s Montpelier.

Upcycling doesn’t stop with glassware and crockery. Chairs and other furnishings selected to pair with Boy’s tables all come from previous homes. Seillier-Moiseiwitsch said she often finds furnishings that suit the tasting room’s vibe from Caring Transitions, an online auction place for people who are paring down household items before downsizing or moving.

The winery is at 2710 Hebron Valley Road in Madison. To find out more, go to or call (540) 407-1236.


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