We are currently exploring thedifferentmethods of raising grapes inVirginiaalongwith the varieties thatwilldowellonour terroir.Thegrapes we areconsidering are those found in the Bordeaux region of France: Sauvignon Blanc, Semillion, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Malbec. We are also considering Tannat, a Spanish variety Albarino, and a couple of hybrids - Traminette and Chardonnel. Our Virginia native Norton is also a possibility. The vines will be ordered in the autumn with delivery and planting to occur in the Spring of 2015.
At first we will plant a small test block with the chosen varieties. It then take three years for our first crop. The grapes produced will not be in sufficient quantities to sell to a large winery, so we will be offering them to home vitners. If you are looking for a particular variety of vitis vinefera for your own wine, please let us know; we may consider planting it if there is sufficient interest.
One we have narrowed the varieties down to the best three or four we will expand the vineyard to produce by the ton. We will only be growing grapes for sale, we do not currently have plans to make or sell wine. Feel free to follow our vigneron journey by visiting our blog - Under the Virginia Sun (see link above.)
Here is to Grape Expectations! Cin-cin!
Following the Wine Summit in October and the Virginia Vineyards Association Winter Technical Meeting at the beginning of February, we have decided to plant our first two blocks of Petit Manseng and Cabernet Franc. One row will be dedicated to vine or two for each of these different varieties - Semillion, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tannat, Albarino and Malbec.