About Us

Owners Amy and Bruce Helsley purchased the 58-acre property in 2005. Within a year the couple opened Kindred Pointe Stables. The name “Kindred Pointe,” comes from Amy’s love of the book Anne of Green Gables. The first structures, a storage barn and horse barn, were added to the property in 2007.
With Amy running the stable, Bruce decided to turn his attention to grapes. This was a good fit for Bruce, as he always had a natural green thumb. Merlot was the first crop to be planted in 2008. At this point, the thought of opening a winery was non-existent.
Due to the recession in 2010, the economy was no longer ideal for boarding horses. Amy, also a certified public accountant, realized that it was time for a change and that wine would be a good choice to make the business profitable. Bruce and Amy's thoughts turned to expanding the vineyard and opening a winery in 2011.
Amy took viticulture and enology courses at UC Davis and interned at Michael Shaps Wineworks in 2012, with plans of being the winemaker. During this time, Bruce and Amy decided to work with Michael Shaps Wineworks to make the initial wines to ensure quality. The first vintage was from the 2012 harvest. The relationship with Michael Shaps proved fruitful as the vineyard struggled with disease and brutal winters. The couple quickly learned that in order to leverage risk, they need to lease vineyards outside of the local climate zone. Since then, more suitable varietals have been planted and Bruce has taken on the role of winemaker, with Amy's help to determine wine style and taste.
In 2012, Bruce along with high school friend Andy, the winery's first employee, began the transformation from barn to tasting room. After years of hard work preparing for the winery, the doors officially opened for business in October, 2013.
Since then, the storage barn has been converted into the barrel room and a large pavilion was added in 2016. Each year more wines are produced on-site. Eventually, Bruce will be the full-time winemaker and vintner. Bruce and his brother John also produce a variety of hard ciders on-site.

540-477-3570

3575 Conicville Rd
Mt Jackson, VA 22842

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