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.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ALL MEDIA OUTLETS
Contact: Rachel Martin
Telephone: 540-687-8778 x1
MIDDLEBURG VIRGINIA AVA APPROVED
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:
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
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