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posted 10-01-2004 11:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for egoodell   Click Here to Email egoodell     Edit/Delete Message
Great wineries in the Monticello area are: King Family Vineyard, Cardinal Point, Veritas, Blenheim, Keswick. North of town there is always Barbersville!

Erika Goodell
Arcady Vineyard Wine Tours


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posted 08-25-2004 09:36 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for egoodell   Click Here to Email egoodell     Edit/Delete Message
Hi there!

Here in the Charlottesville area we have several that do well. I run a wine tasting tour and we love Cardinal Point, King Family/Michael Schapps, Veritas, Barboursville, Blenheim among others. Many of the wineies just sell locally though as they are small. We get great Vognier, Chardonnay, Cab Frank, Petit Verdot,Tannat and others that are hybrids such as Chambourcin, Norton and Vidal.

Our wines also depend on the year. 2003 was very wet so we also have a lot of dry rose wines as a result. We also have small wineries, so the reds are sold earlier than out by you in California.
Arcady Vineyard


posted 08-24-2004 12:28 AM           Edit/Delete Message
Valhalla Vineyards near Roanoke is not to be missed in my book. Superb. Also in the southwest area, try Villa Appalaccia, which has lovely stuff from Italian varietals and a scenic location on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

In the central area, Barboursville Vineyards and Horton Cellars. Am less familiar with White Hall, but hear good things. In the north, try Linden Vineyards and Chrysalis Vineyards.

Virginia seems to do especially well with Cabernet Franc. Also suggest you keep an open mind about the hybrids such as Seyval, Vidal and Norton. The first two produce refreshing wines that are particularly nice on a hot day. Norton is interesting and used to win medals in France back before Prohibition. Some in Virginia think it's the true American grape over Zinfandel.

Beyond that I'd suggest you get the latest festival and tour guide from the Virginia Wine Marketing Program in Richmond. You can see which wineries have special events or that attract your eye otherwise.

[Note: This message has been edited by Lynda]


posted 07-17-2004 12:06 PM           Edit/Delete Message
I've only tasted a couple of Viginia Viogniers. What other varietals grow well in the Virginia climate/soil?

Which wineries should I start tasting first?


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