Vinoklet Winery   0
4.5
4/9/2015

I had a single day to visit wineries in Southwestern Ohio, so I had to be selective. I did some research and made a few phone calls. A friend strongly recommended Vinoklet Winery, so I added it to my list and it became the last stop on my regional mini tour. I will admit that my expectations were low, but this turned out to be a great find in a day of eye-opening discoveries.

Kreso Mikulic grew up in a small Croatian village, when that country was still a part of Yugoslavia. Every family made their ... Read full review



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Sans Soucy Vineyards   0
4.0
1/28/2015

The area around Sans Soucy, in the southeastern corner of Campbell County, is an extremely rural part of the state, and agriculture is the primary industry. You will see far more tobacco fields than vineyards, but don’t let that fool you. There are some exceptionally good wineries in this part of the state and San Soucy is one of them.

When Paul Anctil retired from the Marine Corps, he purchased the Southern Virginia property with an eye toward moving his family away from the big city. He began to explore the possibility of converting his property ... Read full review



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Caesar Creek Vineyards   0
4.5
1/22/2015

I must confess that I had serious misgivings as I set out to visit my first Ohio winery. Caesar Creek Vineyards is east of Dayton and in the heart of farm country. How could they possibly be making good wine? So as I drove down the long farm drive to the tasting room, my expectations were quite low. For the record, however, I was wrong. Caesar Creek turned out to be an exciting start to a day of great discoveries.

Walter Borda was living in Virginia when he decided that he wanted to open a ... Read full review



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Hunting Creek Vineyards   0
4.5
12/10/2014

When one speaks of the Southern Virginia Wine Region, it is not uncommon to hear disparaging comments about the region's production of primarily sweet wine. I've heard this refrain for years, so I traveled "down south" to see if there was any truth to that claim. Hunting Creek Vineyards was among the stops on my first trip to the region.

One of the features of this area is the distance between wineries. Driving time becomes a distinct factor when traveling from one tasting room to the next. Hunting Creek is in a very rural section of ... Read full review



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Chateau Morrisette   0
4.0
12/1/2014

In the late 1970's, the first Virginia wineries were getting their start, and the reigning school of thought was that only French-American hybrids could be cultivated in the state. David Morrisette planted thirteen acres of Niagra, Concord, and Muscadine and began producing wine under the Woolwine label.

The winery is known today as Chateau Morrisette, and it is still growing some French-American hybrids, but the vast majority of their wines are made from traditional French varieties. Incidentally, the winery has also grown to become the largest production winery in the Commonwealth, producing between sixty and ... Read full review



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Abingdon Vineyard & Winery   0
4.0
11/17/2014

Southwestern Virginia does not immediately come to mind when one thinks of Virginia wine. It’s a particularly rugged and mountainous part of the state tucked up against the North Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky border. Nevertheless, there are a few wineries of note spread throughout the state’s Blue Ridge Wine Region. Abingdon Vineyard and Winery is one of them.

Driving south on Interstate 81, Abingdon and MountainRose Vineyards are the last two wineries you'll come across before crossing into North Carolina. It is just a short distance east of the highway, ... Read full review



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Villa Appalaccia Winery   0
5.0
5.0
10/27/2014

The Rocky Knob American Viticultural Area (AVA) straddles the Blue Ridge Parkway in Southwestern Virginia. It is small—only 9000 acres—and ranges in elevation from 1600 feet to over 3500. So most of it is inhospitable to viticulture. Nevertheless, there are two wineries located in this lonely AVA. One of these is Villa Appalaccia.

I've visited Villa Appalaccia more then once. The tasting room is just off the parkway on a small gravel road. Signage is not allowed on the parkway, which can make the winery and tasting room hard to find, but it's between the ... Read full review



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White Hall Vineyards   0
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10/10/2014

In the late 1990s, I visited friends in Germany, who were very serious oenophiles. At the time, I had not lived long in Virginia, but I thought I would share some local wine with them. I took a couple bottles of White Hall Vineyards Cabernet Franc. To say that the wine was a hit would be an understatement. My friends were just completely blown away.

I've long been a fan of White Hall's wines and I've visited their tasting room on many occasions. The winery is a short, but picturesque, drive from Charlottesville. The route ... Read full review



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Loving Cup Vineyard & Winery   0
4.0
10/1/2014

Virginia does not offer ideal climate for organic viticulture. It's the entire east coast really. There is just too much rain and that makes the use of fungicides a routine part of the winegrowing process. Nevertheless, there is still a pair of organic vineyards in the state and one of these is located in North Garden, just south of Charlottesville off of Route 29.

I took a drive out to Loving Cup Vineyard and Winery in the late spring, just a couple weeks after their official opening. Most growers will tell you that organic won't work ... Read full review



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Cedar Creek Winery (VA)   0
4.5
8/12/2014

There are a few wineries in Virginia that have raised the bar for other winemakers. These wineries are producing one or more wines of such quality that it actually defines what is possible for a particular varietal. Cedar Creek Winery is one of these.

Depending on the route you choose, getting there can be a small adventure. The winery and tasting room are on the western edge of the Shenandoah Valley, tucked into a smaller valley in the "hill and valley region" of the Allegheny highlands. When I visited, the tasting room had only recently ... Read full review



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CrossKeys Vineyard & Estates   0
4.5
7/14/2014

Everything about the Shenandoah Valley indicates that it is one of the most ideally suited regions in Virginia to practice viticulture. The higher elevations, soil composition, drier growing season and cooler temperatures all point toward this conclusion. Winegrowers were initially slow to recognize the Valley’s potential, but in recent years many exciting new wineries have opened. CrossKeys Vineyards is one of those.

On their first visit to the property, when they were still contemplating the possibility of a winery, Bob and Nikoo Bakhtiar were initially struck by the absolute beauty of the location and its ... Read full review



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Shenandoah Vineyards (VA)   0
4.5
6/24/2014

There are only a handful of Virginia wineries still in operation that were around in the early days of Virginia wine production. Almost all of them are on the Eastern slope of the Blue Ridge. Shenandoah Vineyards is an exception. They opened their doors in 1976 at a time when very little was known about winemaking prospects in the Commonwealth, and no one was looking seriously at the Shenandoah Valley. The irony is that today, the Valley is poised to become the most important wine producing region in the state.

Of course nobody knew ... Read full review



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Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards   0
3.0
2/28/2014

One of the top fifty wedding destinations on the east coast can be found in North Garden, Virginia. The view from Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyards really does supply a postcard-quality backdrop, so its popularity is easy to understand. It was the venue for a recent celebrity wedding, which was all over the local news. As a result, it is more than ever a popular venue.

The property that now contains the vineyards and tasting room was originally the Albemarle County Fairground. The fairground occupied the lower part of the property, and I remember it as ... Read full review



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Stinson Vineyards   0
4.0
2/6/2014

Piedmont House is a historic eighteen-century farmhouse located a few miles west of Charlottesville at the base of the Blue Ridge. Scott and Martha Stinson purchased the house and eighteen acres of adjacent property as a place to retire. Well, transition might be a better word. A second career in winemaking was the plan, and the Piedmont House Estate contained forty-year-old vines from the early days of Virginia viticulture. Unfortunately, the vines were in an advanced state of neglect and were subsequently pulled up. Nevertheless, their presence was a positive omen.

So in 2010, the Stinson’s ... Read full review



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King Family Vineyards   0
4.5
1/17/2014

Living here in Central Virginia I’m surrounded by wineries that are drawing national and international attention. One of these is just west of Charlottesville near the town of Croze. Over the years, I’ve visited King Family Vineyards dozens of times and it has been on my “circuit” of wineries to showcase to visitors. Having said that, it had been a couple years since my last visit, so it was nice to reacquaint and see what’s new.

King Family sits in that “sweet spot” on the edge of the Shenandoah National Park along with a ... Read full review



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Hiddencroft Vineyards   0
4.5
1/5/2014

In the far upper reaches of the Middleburg AVA you’ll find one of the northern-most wineries in the state of Virginia. Hiddencroft Vineyards is not far from Maryland, and it’s off the beaten path. We stumbled across it almost by accident. It was nearing the end of the day, but we were interested in visiting one more winery before returning home, and someone recommended Hiddencroft. I keep a list of winery recommendations and that name had never been mentioned, but we were relatively close, so we made the drive.

The farm, on which Clyde and ... Read full review



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Rockbridge Vineyard   0
4.0
12/2/2013

This is what I love about exploring wineries. You just never know what you'll find. There really are some hidden gems just waiting to be uncovered and one of these is not far from the village of Raphine, in the Shenandoah Valley. After exiting Interstate 81, we wound our way along Route 606 past farms and rural homes. If not for the winery sign and acres of vines, we might have easily mistaken Rockbridge Vineyard for another farm. It looks like a grouping of smaller outbuildings clustered around a large red barn. We pulled in to take ... Read full review



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Veritas Vineyard & Winery   0
4.0
11/19/2013

Here in Charlottesville, in the Monticello American Viticultural Area (AVA), at the epicenter of Central Virginia wine country, there are almost fifty wineries within a forty-five minute radius. Most are exceptional. Of that number, however, there is just a handful that we return to again and again. Veritas is one of those. It’s on our short list when we’re showing visitors the local sights. But don’t take my word for it. Jancis Robinson and Linda Murphy’s American Wine identified it as a “winery of note.” There have also been countless mentions in the prestigious wine magazines. ... Read full review



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Barboursville Vineyards   0
4.5
11/12/2013

Depending on where you are coming from, the village of Barboursville can be reached using either State Route 20 or 33. Both are scenic drives through the rolling hills and horse farms of the Virginia Piedmont. The village sits at the intersection of these two routes and at the foot of Southwestern Mountain. Look for the winery signs as you enter this small community, and you will be directed to turn onto Governor Barbour Street and then Vineyard Road. It’s not very far before you reach the gate of Barboursville Vineyards, but be vigilant. I’ve driven past it more ... Read full review



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DelFosse Vineyards   0
4.5
11/5/2013

Traveling south from Charlottesville, Virginia on Route 29, you will cross the Nelson County line. You must then remain alert as you look for the state-posted winery sign. After passing the sign, you will turn onto Hickory Creek Road and head west for what seems like a long time. The road will turn from pavement to gravel and you will periodically see a sign telling you that you’re almost there. Keep going. Be patient. DelFosse Vineyards and Winery is worth the drive.

Claude and Genevieve DelFosse tried to carve out a space that would be ... Read full review



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Horton Vineyards   0
3.5
10/27/2013

Just off Spotswood Trail (aka Route 33), just east of the village of Barboursville, you'll come upon the prominent stone gate of Horton Vineyards. As you navigate down the drive and past the acreage of well-groomed, trellised vines, you'll find the main winery building, which houses the tasting room. The architecture looks slightly out of place, like it belongs in a French agricultural setting. Park the care and go inside. You're in the right place.

In any discussion of Virginia winemaking, Horton Vineyards must be mentioned. In regard to viticulture, it is arguably one of ... Read full review



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Ankida Ridge Vineyards   0
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10/21/2013

As the story was related to me, Christine and Dennis Vrooman were intent on cultivating a vineyard and opening a winery in Amherst County, at 1800 feet, high on the eastern slope of the Blue Ridge. Other winemakers tried to wave them off. “Too difficult,” they said. The Vroomans were not to be deterred. They engaged Lucy Morton, the legendary Virginia vineyard consultant. Lucy walked around the property. She analyzed the drainage, observed the sun exposure, tasted the soil and did all the other things Lucy Morton does to divine viticultural success. After lengthy deliberation, she pronounced that Pinot ... Read full review



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Valhalla Vineyards   0
4.5
10/14/2013

The Shenandoah Valley doesn’t have the concentration of wineries that you might find in Central or Northern Virginia, but the few that are in this wine region tend to be spectacular and produce excellent wines. Valhalla Vineyards, located in the southern tip of the Shenandoah, illustrates this general rule.

The vineyard is not terribly far from Roanoke, Virginia. The route from the city entails a very steep, winding drive up Mount Chestnut Road. During the ascent, your passengers will enjoy a stunning view of the Roanoke Valley as you gain elevation. You, unfortunately, need ... Read full review



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Valhalla Vineyards   0
4.5

The Shenandoah Valley doesn’t have the concentration of wineries that you might find in Central or Northern Virginia, but the few that are in this wine region tend to be spectacular and produce excellent wines. Valhalla Vineyards, located in the southern tip of the Shenandoah, illustrates this general rule.

The vineyard is not terribly far from Roanoke, Virginia. The route from the city entails a very steep, winding drive up Mount Chestnut Road. During the ascent, your passengers will enjoy a stunning view of the Roanoke Valley as you gain elevation. You, unfortunately, need ... Read full review



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Ankida Ridge Vineyards   0
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As the story was related to me, Christine and Dennis Vrooman were intent on cultivating a vineyard and opening a winery in Amherst County, at 1800 feet, high on the eastern slope of the Blue Ridge. Other winemakers tried to wave them off. “Too difficult,” they said. The Vroomans were not to be deterred. They engaged Lucy Morton, the legendary Virginia vineyard consultant. Lucy walked around the property. She analyzed the drainage, observed the sun exposure, tasted the soil and did all the other things Lucy Morton does to divine viticultural success. After lengthy deliberation, she pronounced that Pinot ... Read full review



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Horton Vineyards   0
3.5

Just off Spotswood Trail (aka Route 33), just east of the village of Barboursville, you'll come upon the prominent stone gate of Horton Vineyards. As you navigate down the drive and past the acreage of well-groomed, trellised vines, you'll find the main winery building, which houses the tasting room. The architecture looks slightly out of place, like it belongs in a French agricultural setting. Park the care and go inside. You're in the right place.

In any discussion of Virginia winemaking, Horton Vineyards must be mentioned. In regard to viticulture, it is arguably one of ... Read full review



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DelFosse Vineyards   0
4.5

Traveling south from Charlottesville, Virginia on Route 29, you will cross the Nelson County line. You must then remain alert as you look for the state-posted winery sign. After passing the sign, you will turn onto Hickory Creek Road and head west for what seems like a long time. The road will turn from pavement to gravel and you will periodically see a sign telling you that you’re almost there. Keep going. Be patient. DelFosse Vineyards and Winery is worth the drive.

Claude and Genevieve DelFosse tried to carve out a space that would be ... Read full review



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Barboursville Vineyards   0
4.5

Depending on where you are coming from, the village of Barboursville can be reached using either State Route 20 or 33. Both are scenic drives through the rolling hills and horse farms of the Virginia Piedmont. The village sits at the intersection of these two routes and at the foot of Southwestern Mountain. Look for the winery signs as you enter this small community, and you will be directed to turn onto Governor Barbour Street and then Vineyard Road. It’s not very far before you reach the gate of Barboursville Vineyards, but be vigilant. I’ve driven past it more ... Read full review



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Veritas Vineyard & Winery   0
4.0

Here in Charlottesville, in the Monticello American Viticultural Area (AVA), at the epicenter of Central Virginia wine country, there are almost fifty wineries within a forty-five minute radius. Most are exceptional. Of that number, however, there is just a handful that we return to again and again. Veritas is one of those. It’s on our short list when we’re showing visitors the local sights. But don’t take my word for it. Jancis Robinson and Linda Murphy’s American Wine identified it as a “winery of note.” There have also been countless mentions in the prestigious wine magazines. ... Read full review



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Rockbridge Vineyard   0
4.0

This is what I love about exploring wineries. You just never know what you'll find. There really are some hidden gems just waiting to be uncovered and one of these is not far from the village of Raphine, in the Shenandoah Valley. After exiting Interstate 81, we wound our way along Route 606 past farms and rural homes. If not for the winery sign and acres of vines, we might have easily mistaken Rockbridge Vineyard for another farm. It looks like a grouping of smaller outbuildings clustered around a large red barn. We pulled in to take ... Read full review



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Hiddencroft Vineyards   0
4.5

In the far upper reaches of the Middleburg AVA you’ll find one of the northern-most wineries in the state of Virginia. Hiddencroft Vineyards is not far from Maryland, and it’s off the beaten path. We stumbled across it almost by accident. It was nearing the end of the day, but we were interested in visiting one more winery before returning home, and someone recommended Hiddencroft. I keep a list of winery recommendations and that name had never been mentioned, but we were relatively close, so we made the drive.

The farm, on which Clyde and ... Read full review



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King Family Vineyards   0
4.5

Living here in Central Virginia I’m surrounded by wineries that are drawing national and international attention. One of these is just west of Charlottesville near the town of Croze. Over the years, I’ve visited King Family Vineyards dozens of times and it has been on my “circuit” of wineries to showcase to visitors. Having said that, it had been a couple years since my last visit, so it was nice to reacquaint and see what’s new.

King Family sits in that “sweet spot” on the edge of the Shenandoah National Park along with a ... Read full review



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Stinson Vineyards   0
4.0

Piedmont House is a historic eighteen-century farmhouse located a few miles west of Charlottesville at the base of the Blue Ridge. Scott and Martha Stinson purchased the house and eighteen acres of adjacent property as a place to retire. Well, transition might be a better word. A second career in winemaking was the plan, and the Piedmont House Estate contained forty-year-old vines from the early days of Virginia viticulture. Unfortunately, the vines were in an advanced state of neglect and were subsequently pulled up. Nevertheless, their presence was a positive omen.

So in 2010, the Stinson’s ... Read full review



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Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards   0
3.0

One of the top fifty wedding destinations on the east coast can be found in North Garden, Virginia. The view from Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyards really does supply a postcard-quality backdrop, so its popularity is easy to understand. It was the venue for a recent celebrity wedding, which was all over the local news. As a result, it is more than ever a popular venue.

The property that now contains the vineyards and tasting room was originally the Albemarle County Fairground. The fairground occupied the lower part of the property, and I remember it as ... Read full review



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Chateau Morrisette   0
4.0

In the late 1970's, the first Virginia wineries were getting their start, and the reigning school of thought was that only French-American hybrids could be cultivated in the state. David Morrisette planted thirteen acres of Niagra, Concord, and Muscadine and began producing wine under the Woolwine label.

The winery is known today as Chateau Morrisette, and it is still growing some French-American hybrids, but the vast majority of their wines are made from traditional French varieties. Incidentally, the winery has also grown to become the largest production winery in the Commonwealth, producing between sixty and ... Read full review



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Shenandoah Vineyards (VA)   0
4.5

There are only a handful of Virginia wineries still in operation that were around in the early days of Virginia wine production. Almost all of them are on the Eastern slope of the Blue Ridge. Shenandoah Vineyards is an exception. They opened their doors in 1976 at a time when very little was known about winemaking prospects in the Commonwealth, and no one was looking seriously at the Shenandoah Valley. The irony is that today, the Valley is poised to become the most important wine producing region in the state.

Of course nobody knew ... Read full review



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CrossKeys Vineyard & Estates   0
4.5

Everything about the Shenandoah Valley indicates that it is one of the most ideally suited regions in Virginia to practice viticulture. The higher elevations, soil composition, drier growing season and cooler temperatures all point toward this conclusion. Winegrowers were initially slow to recognize the Valley’s potential, but in recent years many exciting new wineries have opened. CrossKeys Vineyards is one of those.

On their first visit to the property, when they were still contemplating the possibility of a winery, Bob and Nikoo Bakhtiar were initially struck by the absolute beauty of the location and its ... Read full review



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Cedar Creek Winery (VA)   0
4.5

There are a few wineries in Virginia that have raised the bar for other winemakers. These wineries are producing one or more wines of such quality that it actually defines what is possible for a particular varietal. Cedar Creek Winery is one of these.

Depending on the route you choose, getting there can be a small adventure. The winery and tasting room are on the western edge of the Shenandoah Valley, tucked into a smaller valley in the "hill and valley region" of the Allegheny highlands. When I visited, the tasting room had only recently ... Read full review



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Loving Cup Vineyard & Winery   0
4.0

Virginia does not offer ideal climate for organic viticulture. It's the entire east coast really. There is just too much rain and that makes the use of fungicides a routine part of the winegrowing process. Nevertheless, there is still a pair of organic vineyards in the state and one of these is located in North Garden, just south of Charlottesville off of Route 29.

I took a drive out to Loving Cup Vineyard and Winery in the late spring, just a couple weeks after their official opening. Most growers will tell you that organic won't work ... Read full review



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White Hall Vineyards   0
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In the late 1990s, I visited friends in Germany, who were very serious oenophiles. At the time, I had not lived long in Virginia, but I thought I would share some local wine with them. I took a couple bottles of White Hall Vineyards Cabernet Franc. To say that the wine was a hit would be an understatement. My friends were just completely blown away.

I've long been a fan of White Hall's wines and I've visited their tasting room on many occasions. The winery is a short, but picturesque, drive from Charlottesville. The route ... Read full review



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Villa Appalaccia Winery   0
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The Rocky Knob American Viticultural Area (AVA) straddles the Blue Ridge Parkway in Southwestern Virginia. It is small—only 9000 acres—and ranges in elevation from 1600 feet to over 3500. So most of it is inhospitable to viticulture. Nevertheless, there are two wineries located in this lonely AVA. One of these is Villa Appalaccia.

I've visited Villa Appalaccia more then once. The tasting room is just off the parkway on a small gravel road. Signage is not allowed on the parkway, which can make the winery and tasting room hard to find, but it's between the ... Read full review



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Abingdon Vineyard & Winery   0
4.0

Southwestern Virginia does not immediately come to mind when one thinks of Virginia wine. It’s a particularly rugged and mountainous part of the state tucked up against the North Carolina, Tennessee and Kentucky border. Nevertheless, there are a few wineries of note spread throughout the state’s Blue Ridge Wine Region. Abingdon Vineyard and Winery is one of them.

Driving south on Interstate 81, Abingdon and MountainRose Vineyards are the last two wineries you'll come across before crossing into North Carolina. It is just a short distance east of the highway, ... Read full review



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Hunting Creek Vineyards   0
4.5

When one speaks of the Southern Virginia Wine Region, it is not uncommon to hear disparaging comments about the region's production of primarily sweet wine. I've heard this refrain for years, so I traveled "down south" to see if there was any truth to that claim. Hunting Creek Vineyards was among the stops on my first trip to the region.

One of the features of this area is the distance between wineries. Driving time becomes a distinct factor when traveling from one tasting room to the next. Hunting Creek is in a very rural section of ... Read full review



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Caesar Creek Vineyards   0
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I must confess that I had serious misgivings as I set out to visit my first Ohio winery. Caesar Creek Vineyards is east of Dayton and in the heart of farm country. How could they possibly be making good wine? So as I drove down the long farm drive to the tasting room, my expectations were quite low. For the record, however, I was wrong. Caesar Creek turned out to be an exciting start to a day of great discoveries.

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Sans Soucy Vineyards   0
4.0

The area around Sans Soucy, in the southeastern corner of Campbell County, is an extremely rural part of the state, and agriculture is the primary industry. You will see far more tobacco fields than vineyards, but don’t let that fool you. There are some exceptionally good wineries in this part of the state and San Soucy is one of them.

When Paul Anctil retired from the Marine Corps, he purchased the Southern Virginia property with an eye toward moving his family away from the big city. He began to explore the possibility of converting his property ... Read full review



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Vinoklet Winery   0
4.5

I had a single day to visit wineries in Southwestern Ohio, so I had to be selective. I did some research and made a few phone calls. A friend strongly recommended Vinoklet Winery, so I added it to my list and it became the last stop on my regional mini tour. I will admit that my expectations were low, but this turned out to be a great find in a day of eye-opening discoveries.

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