Pollak Vineyards a part of Virginia Wine Tours is on the Monticello Wine Trail on the Western Route. This summer they won the contest for being the best small winery in the country. Margo and David Pollak founded Pollak Vineyards in 2003 when they purchased an organic farm just west of Charlottesville, Virginia. Architecturally the winery has a California feel that brings some of the California flare for an open, airy, clean design in the midst of Afton and the Blue Ridge Mountains. The meticulously maintained front flowerbed is tended by Margo.
After a long partnership in a Napa winery and a career in international business, David Pollak found himself back in the wine business. In Virginia the Pollaks discovered that great wines could be produced from well-sited and meticulously maintained vineyards. With this vision in mind, the Pollaks assembled a team of experienced individuals--Chris Hill, Jake Busching and Michael Shaps--to help achieve their goal of world-class wines. Together they planted 25 acres of French vinifera vines on their 100-acre farm in Greenwood and in 2005 harvested their first vintage, 320 cases of an exceptional Meritage blend. Varieties include chardonnay, viognier, pinot gris, cabernet franc, cabernet sauvignon, merlot and petit verdot.
Benoit (Ben) Pineau is their new winemaker!! More details to come ...
At the Riverside International Competition Pollak was recently voted the Best Small Winery in the Country!
They were also awarded:
Silver: Cabernet Franc
BTI Wine Rankings:
93 • Pollak Vineyards 2008 Estate, Meritage, Monticello $24. Cellar Selection.
Complex aromas of mocha-vanilla buttercream, marinated tomato relish, incense, and cherry compote with a supple, fruity-yet-dry medium-to-full body and a long, juicy sour cherry, citrus marmalade and grassy earth accented finish. A zesty, robust and table friendly offering (tasted on Aug-22-2011)
93 • Pollak Vineyards 2009 Estate, Petit Verdot, Monticello $24. Cellar Selection.
Concentrated garnet color. Aromas of roasted cherries and green tomatoes, Indian clay pot, and dark chocolate with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a savory chewy, herb toast and honeyed green apple accented finish with firm, yet balanced tannins. A hearty, rustic steak wine that will improve with a few years of cellaring. (tasted on Aug-22-2011)
93 • Pollak Vineyards 2009 Estate Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Monticello $30.
Aromas of chocolate and vanilla nut fudge, violet candy, waxy honeycomb and craisins with a silky dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a long, seamless spiced apple, lemongrass, praline, and tilled earth accented finish. A delicious and stylish red blend for the table; pair with porterhouse steaks. (tasted on Aug-22-2011)
330 Newtown Rd
Greenwood, VA 22943
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