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Virginia Wine: Burnley Vineyards

Virginia Wine: Burnley Vineyards Our winery guide, Blue Ridge Wine Excursions, tells the stories of the people who make the Virginia wine country and the Virginia wine industry and what it is today.  Charlottesville wineries and wineries in Virginia are owned and operated by entrepreneurs with  diverse backgrounds, philosophies, and experiences.  Blue Ridge Wine Excursions Wine Trail Guide showcases the mosaic that is our vibrant local wine community. We invite the reader to enjoy these stories and to join us on the Monticello Wine Trail!

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Burnley Vineyards

Grape Expectations

By: Boo Barnett

Though one of the oldest Virginia wineries, small Burnley Vineyards is often overshadowed by its neighbors down the road,

Burnley Vineyards, Virginia Wine Tours

Barboursville and Horton. When Army Col. C.J. Reeder retired after his last posting in Charlottesville, the family decided to stay put.  The Reeder family began by planting grapes in 1977 and selling their crop to other local wineries. Then, in 1984, they took the leap to making their own wine.  Col. Reeder’s son Lee and his college sweetheart turned wife Dawn took over the winemaking and the tasting room.   All these years later, with 32 acres currently under vine, the Reeders offer a list that runs from the venerable norton grape presentation to flavored dessert wines.

“Lots of people think wine is just like Pepsi; put in a few ingredients and boom,” remarks Lee Reeder, vintner.  “Really, every year is an adventure in Virginia wine.” With no two harvests ever alike, Reeder relies on experience and creativity to coax the best from his vines.  Every year involves careful calibrations, tweaks, new yeasts or flavoring.  Every year calls for some new innovations: state of the art trimming equipment, wind machines designed to blow off frost, and deer fencing or bear fencing to deter the wildlife from feasting on your life’s work.

Burnley produces 5,000 cases of its own wine now, with 95% of the grapes grown on their own land.  You’ll find Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Norton, Barbera, Riesling, Vidal Blanc, Orange Muscat, Muscat Blanc and Chambourcin.  The usual suspects are straightforward and pleasant representations: Chardonnay, Norton and Riesling, for example, remain faithful to the naked grape and are immediately identifiable to the tongue.

Dog Gone Red, Moon Mist, Aurora, and Peach Fuzz, however, require some explanation by the willing and friendly staff.  All family wineries give their own special spin to each offering: otherwise, why go to the enormous bother?  Burnley gives its flavored wines an extra boost; there is no mistaking the chocolate influence, the specific fruit-forward tones, or the sweet nature of the dessert wines.  Whatever flavor a particular flavored wine is supposed to present, it presents big ... (continued)

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For more information on Virginia Wine, Afton Mountain Vineyards, Blue Ridge Wine Excursions, Virginia Wine Country, Wineries in Virginia, Virginia Wineries, and Charlottesville Wineries, follow the below link for our Virginia Winery Guide:

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  • ISBN-10: 1499296436
  • ISBN-13: 978-1499296433

Virginia Wine: Blenheim Vineyards

Virginia Wine: Blenheim Vineyards Our winery guide, Blue Ridge Wine Excursions, tells the stories of the people who make the Virginia wine country and the Virginia wine industry and what it is today.  Charlottesville wineries and wineries in Virginia are owned and operated by entrepreneurs with  diverse backgrounds, philosophies, and experiences.  Blue Ridge Wine Excursions Wine Trail Guide showcases the mosaic that is our vibrant local wine community. We invite the reader to enjoy these stories and to join us on the Monticello Wine Trail!

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BLENHEIM VINEYARDS

A Great Blend of Wine, Music, Art, and Community

By: Justin Stone

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Blenheim Vineyards has blended the pleasures of wine, art, and community like few other places. Owned by renowned musician Dave Matthews and run by some of the most approachable staff in the business, the intersection of these spheres has become the center of Blenheim’s philosophy.

In 2000, the final touches of Blenheim’s two story joint tasting room and barrel room were completed. Designed by Dave Matthews and master craftsman William Johnson, this energy efficient hall features beautiful reclaimed timber framing a full southeastern façade of windows and skylights for natural lighting. A partial subterranean foundation helps maintain the consistent cool of the barrel room.

That same year, the first vines of Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot were planted. The first vintage was released in 2003, ushered in by Brad McCarthy, an experienced local winemaker. During Blenheim’s early years, he and Peter Matthews, the first vineyard manager, established the grounds, the vines, and the principles that are at the heart of the winery today.

For the first five years after the vineyard opened, a private invitation was needed to visit Blenheim. Their wines established a cult-like following due to both this exclusivity and the association with Dave Matthews. However, in 2009 the winery opened its doors to the public and since then, Blenheim has been sharing its serene setting, approachable wines and gregarious staff with all who choose to visit  ... (continued)

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Virginia Wine: Barboursville Vineyards

Virginia Wine: Barboursville Vineyards Our winery guide, Blue Ridge Wine Excursions, tells the stories of the people who make the Virginia wine country and the Virginia wine industry and what it is today.  Charlottesville wineries and wineries in Virginia are owned and operated by entrepreneurs with  diverse backgrounds, philosophies, and experiences.  Blue Ridge Wine Excursions Wine Trail Guide showcases the mosaic that is our vibrant local wine community. We invite the reader to enjoy these stories and to join us on the Monticello Wine Trail!

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"We are farmers because of our awe and gratitude for the character of this earth, and we are vintners because it is natural to desire to celebrate it, and to share it."  -- Gianni Zonin, 2006, Owner of Barboursville Vineyards.

Old World Traditions in the Land of Jefferson.

By: Justin Stone

Barboursville Vineyards Gianni and Silvana Zonin Luca Paschina

The story of Barboursville Vineyards is inseparable from the story of the land.  The estate was first cultivated by a prominent Virginia family in the late 1700s. It grew in wealth under the stewardship of James Barbour, the son of Thomas Barbour and Mary Pendleton Thomas, who would become the 19th Governor of Virginia and later Secretary of War under John Quincy Adams. Friendship and political allegiances with his colonial neighbors James Madison and Thomas Jefferson undoubtedly meant that James Barbour was a player in the formation of the new republic.  Thomas Jefferson designed the stately brick and columned main house, which was home to the Barbour family until fire destroyed the building on Christmas, 1884.  Though its sloping hills and rich soils are perfect for cultivating grapes, the land had to wait another century before its character and beauty was fully revealed in a glass of wine.

The American bicentennial marked the real beginning of central Virginia’s modern wine revolution. In the spring of 1976, Gianni Zonin, heir to his family’s extensive 150-year-old wine enterprise in Northern Italy’s Veneto region, acquired the Barboursville estate. Gianni and his wife Silvana decided on these 900 acres in the heart of the Virginia Piedmont because the natural beauty and kindness of the locals reminded them of their native Veneto. The Zonins brought on Gabrielle Rausse as Barboursville’s first viticulturist, a man who remains a leading figure in Virginia wines. Together they set about reintroducing the European grapes, vitis vinifera, to Virginia and bringing to fruition a dream rooted in the earliest history of the Commonwealth. In 1979, the first bottle of wine cultivated from the ground at Barboursville was released  ... (continued)

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For more information on Virginia Wine, Afton Mountain Vineyards, Blue Ridge Wine Excursions, Virginia Wine Country, Wineries in Virginia, Virginia Wineries, and Charlottesville Wineries, follow the below link for our Virginia Winery Guide:

Virginia Wine, Afton Mountain Vineyards, Blue Ridge Wine Excursions, Virginia Winery Guide, Virginia Wine Country, Wineries in Virginia, Virginia Wineries, Charlottesville Wineries

Book formats:

Paperback - ISBN 978-1-304-05730-3