Oasis Winery was founded in 1977 by the Salahi family.  It was one of the first Virginia wineries and the first US winery to be rated Top 10 in the World by the Wine Enthusiast Magazine.

It become a major leader in the industry, paving the way with unprecedented legislation that broke through local barriers that attempted to stop agriculture and tourism working.  The "Agri-Tourism” legislation that Tareq Salahi spearheaded, allows current farm wineries to grow and produce world class wines and host guests in unique hospitality environments at Virginia’s beautiful farm wineries.  Oasis is once again producing custom crush artisan wines from the varietals for which Virginia are best known: Chardonnay blended with Viognier, Cabernet Franc blended with Cabernet Sauvignon & Merlot. They have also produced an internationally recognized champenoise sparkling wine with blends of Chardonnay & Pinot Noir which was rated Top 10 in the World by the Wine Enthusiast Magazine!

Our biggest challenge has not been the agriculture side, but the hatred and discrimination of Fauquier County officials that were against the farm and agricultural wine industry.  After spending the family’s life savings in fighting for our survival, we have no regrets. We stood our ground and fought for what was right for the agri-tourism industry in which we finally prevailed, despite the bigotry by the Fauquier county government.

Oasis Winery is still family owned and is one the oldest wine producers in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  Its current owner is Tareq Salahi.  He is a University of California, Davis graduate with multiple degrees including Enology (science of wine), Viticulture and Business Management. Tareq has kept alive the Oasis dream and is proud to dedicate this next chapter of Oasis Winery to his father (passed October, 2010) that started the family vision called OASIS®






Brief Story

Above: From left to right, Son and Father (Tareq and Dirgham Salahi) inspecting the vineyards together at Oasis.

Below:  The Oasis Dogwood Chardonnay, one of the more popular wines sold at Oasis.