[Photo: Hickory Hill Vineyards and Winery]
Virginia’s maturing wine industry has been garnering a lot of attention recently (both nationally and internationally) thanks to the production of award-winning wines and growing sales.
On Wednesday, Governor Bob McDonnell announced that sales of Virginia wine increased by more than 5 percent in fiscal year 2013. Sales reached 511,000 cases — 25,000 more cases than the previous year.
In making the announcement, Governor McDonnell said, in part:
“At the beginning of my administration, I pledged to work with the Virginia wine industry to make the Commonwealth the East Coast capital for wine and wine tourism. Today’s announcement is further proof that we’re well on our way to reaching that goal. Sales have reached a new record high and tourism to our wineries continues to grow. With the outstanding product being produced by our grape growers and wine makers, it’s no surprise that more and more people are buying Virginia wines and experiencing our wineries and vineyards.”
While growing sales are certainly exciting, as Governor McDonnell mentioned, the growing reputation of Virginia wines is proving to be the winning ingredient.
In an article titled, “Is Virginia Wine Country Poised To Be The East Coast Napa?,” Forbes Magazine writer, Katie Kelly Bell, wrote Thursday:
Arguably, the local wines are already world-class in taste. Consider the fact that the esteemed Bordeaux enologist Eric Boissenot, who consults for all fourMédoc first-growths, offered (unsolicited) his legendary expertise to Virginia’s RdV Vineyards after tasting the wines. The steady drumbeat of award-winning Bordeaux styled blends has even attracted the attentions of the Royal family, earning one, Barboursville Vineyards Octagon, a spot at the table during the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. The U.K. market is indeed quite fond of Virginia wine, but the local market is a different story.
In her article touting the growing reputation of Virginia wines, Bell specifically suggests readers visit the following seven wineries in the Commonwealth for a tasting:
Early Mountain Vineyards in Madison
RdV Vineyard in Delaplane
Barboursville Vineyards in Baroursville
King Family Vineyards in Crozet
Linden Vineyard in Linden
While these seven wineries certainly deserve the recognition, Very Best of Virginia couldn’t help but wonder if there were other vineyards in Virginia that deserved a nod.
(There are more than 230 scattered around the state!)
Let us know who you think should be added to the list below.
What is your very favorite Virginia wine, winery or vineyard?