A new winery and green space — two things there’s a dearth of in the otherwise booming Scott’s Addition neighborhood – is ready for its debut.
Brambly Park, a winery and restaurant with plenty of outdoor gathering space, opens this weekend at 1708 Belleville St.
The venue sits on two acres in the northwest corner of Scott’s Addition and also features an indoor seating area and upstairs event space.
Behind the concept are Carter Snipes and Bobby Kruger, who also operate the HofGarden at 2816 W. Broad St. Local development firm Spy Rock Real Estate Group are also co-owners in the venture.
Snipes said the pandemic pushed back Brambly Park’s opening by about a month or so. But with Richmond still in phase one of the state’s reopening plan that allows for outdoor dining, he said Brambly Park’s opening is coming at a somewhat opportune time.
“We’re super fortunate this concept lends itself well to what’s happening right now in the world,” Snipes said. “We’re tucked away back here with plenty of open spaces and room to spread out.”
Brambly Park opens with six wines available: a rose, riesling, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, pinot noir and cabernet sauvignon.
Snipes said they’ve hired Ben Nichols from Brooklyn’s Red Hook Winery to be winemaker at Brambly Park, and they’re currently fermenting grapes sourced from vineyards in California, Oregon and Charlottesville’s Michael Shaps Wineworks.
Its food menu currently features offerings for its outdoor customers, with salads, sandwiches and other small plates, and the winery will also continue bringing in food trucks. The indoor menu will be Italian and Mediterranean themed.
“It’s stuff that goes well with wine — pastas, seafood, antipasta, charcuterie — stuff you’d think of traditionally pairing well with wine,” Snipes said.
In addition to the wine and food, Brambly Park will also have over 20 beers on tap, Snipes said.
The outdoor space includes picnic tables, a shipping container that’s been converted into a bar, bocce ball and cornhole courts, and a shaded pavilion. The edges of the outdoor space reach abandoned railroad spurs, which now are covered with fine gravel and serve as part of a walking and bike trail system the city is planning to lead through Scott’s Addition and to the Science Museum of Virginia.
Snipes said their initial plans for Brambly Park included a designated dog park, but they are now working to do so on some neighboring property. Leashed dogs are still welcome at the winery and Snipes added they’re also still working on building a stage for live music.
The winery is next to the recently-opened Ironwood Automotive, and Snipes acknowledges that Brambly Park’s in a part of Scott’s Addition that for now is less traveled.
“People will have a hard time finding it when they first get here, but once they do they’ll know where it is and you can ride your bike or walk back here, and there are 50 spots of on-site parking,” Snipes said.
More development is en route to Belleville Street as well. The Veil Brewing Co. is the lead tenant on a future food hall that’s rising at 1509 Belleville St.