Virginia Wineries

Good Luck Cellars; Revisiting a Northern Neck Gem

This past year, my in-laws purchased a new home on the middle peninsula of Virginia, and it’s location is a mere 20 minute car ride across the Rappahannock to Good Luck Cellars. After exploring Irvington a bit, we decided to take a short drive to Good Luck Cellars as it has been a couple years since my last visit. Located in nearby Kilmarnock, Virginia, Paul and Katie Krop’s Good Luck Cellars is a venture that started from backyard wine making to finding the perfect parcel to grow a business. Sand and gravel based vineyards allow this couple to cultivate great wines with Virginia flare that really shows off the terroir of the area. With outstanding white offerings and a couple red surprises, their winery is a must visit when visiting the Northern Neck of Virginia. All of their wines are crafted from Estate grown grapes that are grown on 23 acres of …

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Ankida Ridge Vineyards; The “Little Burgundy” of Virginia

The year 2014 brought plenty of opportunities to expand our knowledge and palate in wine. One such opportunity was our honeymoon to Burgundy, which gave us a greater appreciation for the region and the Burgundian style of wine. While Burgundy is a bit of a trip, there is an incredible opportunity to regularly experience  Burgundy right here in Virginia.  Subsequently, we have taken multiple visits to Ankida Ridge Vineyards to visit with the Vrooman Family and their “Little Burgundy” venture as consultant, Lucie Morton, likes to put – and we certainly agree. Since first appearing on the scene in 2010, the Vrooman family, a wine loving duo keen on Burgundian style wines, have made a giant footprint on the wine scene in the state of Virginia and the world, for that matter. Many may not be familiar due to the tough regulations and unfair quantity standards of the much publicized …

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Dog and Oyster Vineyards; Revisiting a Southern Beach Escape

My first visit to Dog and Oyster was about 3 years ago when the property first began welcoming visitors in their beach cottage style tasting room. For years before the tasting room, the property itself attracted visitors to the 6 room and 10 cottage Hope and Glory Inn. With the Inn’s addition of 6 acres of Vinifera and French American Hybrid vines (Vidal Blanc, Chardonel, Merlot, and Charmbourcin), the Dog and Oyster Vineyard began to take shape. Originally prevented, due to local regulations, from posting a large sign for visitors to come across in their travels through the town of Irvington, they installed two giant corkscrews as artistic pieces that would attract visitors. These pieces stand nearly 25-30 feet high on either side of the gravel driveway leading you through the vineyard site to the tasting room. As you pull into the road and veer to the right into the tasting room …

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Saude Creek Vineyards; The new youngsters of the South (AmericanWineryGuide)

The STORY “The privately-owned vineyard bears about 22 acres on property and includes Vidal Blanc, Chardonnay, Petit Verdot and Chambourcin. The seven nearby off-site acres contain Merlot and Chardonel. As you pull into the property through the front gates, you follow the vineyard-lined roadway towards the enormous, dark wood-sided tasting and production facility. To the left is a covered production area with crush pad, and to the right is a gorgeous wrap-around covered patio that stretches all the way around the tasting room. The patio is lined with wooden Adirondack chairs and side tables. As you glance out into the vineyards, there are countless acres of vines – many newly planted and enclosed in greenhouses. Peering off of the back patio, the steep hillside is lined with countless additional acres and, to the right side, a fire pit with more Adirondacks surrounded the pit. The site is stunning.” (Read More) …

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Arterra Wines; Where Art and Terroir collide, beautifully (AmericanWineryGuide)

Recently, we ventured out to Delaplane, Virginia to check out the latest new winery that is generating quite a buzz. Arterra presented us with top-notch wine, a quaint and relaxing setting, and plenty of art. With that said, we bring you the latest installment from AmericanWineryGuide.com that was published today. Enjoy! The STORY “A gorgeous, red, metal sign greets visitors with the name Arterra Wines carved on the upper portion and Hawkmoth Art carved on the bottom portion. The winery, which was recently opened by owners Jason Murray and Sandy Gray-Murray, combines Sandy’s art – it displays her artwork for sale under the Hawkmoth Art label – with the duo’s wines under the Arterra Wines label. Sandy began her venture as an art educator before deciding to give up the full-time education path to pursue her love of creating wine-inspired art under the Hawkmoth banner. Time constraints made it exceedingly …

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Governor McAuliffe Announces Muse Vineyards’ 2009 Clio Awarded 2015 Virginia Wine Governor’s Cup

~Woodstock-based Muse’s Bordeaux-styled Red Blend Scores Best Amongst Almost 400 Entries from 94 Wineries~ Governor Terry McAuliffe tonight awarded the Virginia Wineries Association’s (VWA) 2015 Governor’s Cup to Muse Vineyards for their 2009 Clio, a Bordeaux-style blended red wine.  The Governor’s Cup was awarded at the VWA’s Governor’s Cup Gala held at the John Marshall Hotel.  This is the first Governor’s Cup for Muse Vineyard, based in the Town of Woodstock in Shenandoah County. Speaking at the Governor’s Cup awards ceremony, Governor McAuliffe said, “I am honored to present this year’s award to Muse Vineyards for their 2009 Clio.  Robert Muse and his wife, Sally Cowal, embody the entrepreneurial spirit of Virginia winemakers: a vision for excellence, a relish for hard work in the vineyard, and an aptitude for risk and experimentation.  Thomas Jefferson would be proud of Robert and Sally’s efforts and I congratulate them for winning the 2015 …

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Lovingston Winery; A Virginia Pinotage, again, Pinotage (AmericanWineryGuide)

The HISTORY “After browsing through the last couple editions of Wine Enthusiast, I came across multiple Virginia wineries posting 87+ point rated wines. I also noticed an unfamiliar name with several wines that ranged from 89 to 91 points, including a Pinotage. A Pinotage? In Virginia? In the United States, there are maybe 60 acres of Pinotage grown total, and 2 of those 60 just so happened to be planted at Lovingston Winery in Lovingston, Virginia (just south of Charlottesville). After reading about their wines, I made it a point to visit this winery on my next trip, and this past weekend seemed like the perfect opportunity to do so. After grabbing a quick bite to eat in downtown Charlottesville, we made the trek down Route 29 and onto state road 653. Just about a mile up the road, on our left, was the vineyard entrance to Lovingston Winery. Up …

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Rappahannock Cellars; A celebration of great wine, an a new addition (AmericanWineryGuide)

A couple of weeks ago, Rappahannock Cellars opened up their newest addition to the winery – their Barrel Room! During our visit we were also able to taste the super limited, club only 2013 Viognier, and let me tell you, it is a treat to be had! As a follow up to that experience, I think it was timed appropriately to share with you all, my readers, the last Rappahannock Cellars review that I contributed to AmericanWineryGuide. This review is very in-depth and provides insight on just how this powerhouse Virginia winery got its start. Be sure to check out photos from the mid-Summer opening of the new Barrel Room (hint hint: that is now booking events and weddings!), as well as some of my photos from past visits. Enjoy! The HISTORY “The Delmare family moved from California in the late 1990s with the hope of raising their family in …

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Two Twisted Posts; Nothing twisted about this operation in Loudoun County (AmericanWineryGuide)

After a recent win in the Governor’s Cup competition, there was a new spotlight focused on this new venture and required a visit to see what they were all about. What they provide visitors in terms of wine quality, atmosphere, and overall experience is something that few in Loudoun County have been able to match in a long time. Take a peak at what Two Twisted Posts Winery is all about in our latest contribution to AmericanWineryGuide. HISTORY “After purchasing property nestled in the valley along Harpers Ferry Road in Purcellville in 2008, Brad and Theresa Robertson were looking for a way to provide a winery where people can get away from the city to truly relax, take a deep breath, and enjoy some wine. The couple had some orchard farming experience and decided to give growing wine grapes a try. They initially planted 3 acres of vines along their …

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Revisiting Ingleside Vineyards; A Stay at the Ingleside Rental Property & Oysterfest

A couple of weekends ago, Jaymie and I headed out to the Northern Neck and  Ingleside Vineyards to enjoy their Oyster Crawl event and to stay at one of the Ingleside Plantation properties, specifically the Pointe. We arrived at Ingleside just after noon and quickly headed inside the tasting room, just past the Denson and Sewansecott oyster folks and crowds of people enjoying the warm, inviting courtyard. As we entered in, we recognized the familiar smiling faces and immediately got the ball rolling on a tasting. We started off our tasting with the 2012 Albarino ($19.95), which boasted some apricot and lemongrass aromas to prime your palate for what is about to come. Bright acidity lays out the framework of apricot and citrus notes that  explode on the palate with a light, zesty finish. Moving onto the next white, we get a try of the 2012 Chardonnay ($15.96). It offers …

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