Vineyards

Thomas Jefferson and Philip Mazzei first began the American wine revolution on our estate. Continuing this tradition, in 1981 we re-established two vineyards on our land – one of the earliest plantings in recent Virginia wine history. Over three decades we have replanted select sites with vines better suited to the soil profile. Today we have several grape varieties on four superb sites, all of which offer excellent air and water drainage, as well as protection from the prevailing weather patterns. 

Church Vineyard

Varietals:

Pinot Gris

Chardonnay

Merlot

Soil:

Myersville Silt Loam

Aspect:

Southwest

Year Planted:

1983

Acreage:

1.13

Elevation:

530 feet

Slope:

2.2 degrees

Upper Vineyard

Varietals:

Chardonnay

Merlot

Petit Verdot

Viognier

Malbec

Soil:

Rabun Clay Loam

Aspect:

Southeast

Year Planted:

1981

Acreage:

12.47

Elevation:

608 feet

Slope:

4 – 12 degrees

Apple Vineyard

Varietals:

Merlot

Cabernet Franc

Petit Verdot

Soil:

Rabun Clay

Aspect:

Southeast

Year Planted:

1998

Acreage:

4.56

Elevation:

560 feet

Slope:

4.5 degrees

Sunnyfields Vineyard

Varietals:

Cabernet Franc

Merlot

Petit Verdot

Soil:

Rabun Clay Loam

Aspect:

South and Southeast

Year Planted:

2003

Acreage:

3.26

Elevation:

605 feet

Slope:

3.5 degrees