Middleburg AVA Approved; AVA all Boxed in

A huge congratulations to Rachel Martin, EVP of Boxwood Winery in Middleburg for her tireless effort in getting the Middleburg AVA approved. Below is the press release from Boxwood regarding the approval of the AVA.



Contact: Rachel Martin
Telephone:  540-687-8778 x1
Email: contact@boxwoodwinery.com


Middleburg Virginia AVA is the newest American Viticulture Area (AVA) designated by the  U.S. Treasury Department today in the Federal Registry.


An AVA is a grape-growing region that is defined by its geographic features which affect the type and style of the wine it produces.  Wineries in the area can identify themselves as being in the AVA if their wines are made from a minimum of 85% of grapes grown in the area. Wines can be designated as “Estate Bottled” if the grapes are grown on the winery’s estate. There are currently 198 AVAs in the United States and now there are seven in Virginia.

The Middleburg, VA AVA is located 50 miles west of Washington, DC and encompasses the Town of Middleburg. The AVA is bounded by the Potomac River to the north and mountains to the east, south and west. The proposed viticultural area covers approximately 190-square miles (121,600 acres) and contains 229 acres of commercial vineyards and 14 wineries.


The Middleburg Virginia AVA currently includes 14 wineries and 10 vineyards:

Wineries                                                Vineyards

Barrel Oak Winery                                    2 Sisters Vineyard

Boxwood Estate Winery                            Calucci Vineyard

Chateau O’Brien at Northpoint                  Delaplane Vineyard

Corcoran Vineyards                                  North Gate Vineyard

Doukenie Winery                                      Seven Oaks Vineyard

Hiddencroft Vineyards                              Short Hill Vineyard

Louduon Valley Vineyards                         Spring Lot Vineyard

Naked Mountain Vineyard                         Sycamore Springs Vineyard

Piedmont Vineyards and Winery                Vinecroft Vineyard

Sunset Hills Vineyard                                Weatherlea Vineyard

Swedenburg Estate Winery

Three Fox Vineyards

Village Winery

Vintage Ridge Vineyard

The effort to establish the Middleburg Virginia AVA was spearheaded by Rachel Martin, Executive Vice President of the Boxwood Estate Winery in Middleburg, Virginia.  The process with the TTB and Treasury Department began shortly after Boxwood Estate Winery was established in 2006.  The process includes compiling distinguishing information on geography, geology, soil, climate, and the history of the area.  All information is rigorously analyzed by the Government Agencies and the public is notified at different stages of the application.


The other Virginia AVA’s are:  Eastern Shore AVA, Monticello AVA, North Fork of Roanoke AVA, George Washington Birthplace AVA, Rocky Knob AVA, and Shenandoah Valley AVA.


AVA Rule :  http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-09-13/pdf/2012-22596.pdf
Link to Press Release: http://www.icontact-archive.com/0RWwgbbVIResb0NQ_6tb806yOQUBlE9D?w=1


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  1. Interesting Doukenie Winery in the AVA Middleburg ?
    Doukenie Winery Address is effectively on Mountain Rd , but the Winery building and particularly what is the most important the Vineyards are outside the AVA Middleburg. On the other side of Mountain rd. click the link below


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