We grow our champagne-style grapes in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley. They include the traditional grapes of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier, which are the principal grapes used in Champagne. We blend all three varietals for our signature Brut Nature. To our knowledge, we are the only vineyard-winery that has reproduced the seminal champagne grapes in Virginia to create a true French-style method champenoise sparkling wine that is bone dry and full of character.
Secretly, we believe our grapes are happiest on Virginia soil, or should we call it terroir?
Virginia Sparkling Apple Wine
Made exclusively from heritage cider apples, and cellared for at least one year, this singular bubbly is truly the non plus ultra of artisan ciders.
Deep golden color, with tiny champagne bubbles, this bittersharp méthode champenoise sparkling wine possesses all of the balance of a cava or champagne, yet with a wonderful apple scent. Tasting notes of apple, pear, quince and lemon predominate, with a slight hint of baker’s yeast in the background. It pairs well with soft cheese, white sauce pasta, shellfish, and lamb.
10.5% ABV Available in .75liter.
Two George Cyder
Dry with a hint of citrus, this bittersharp colonial-style cider aims at authenticity, as in pre-revolutionary times. Made entirely from the fruit of apple trees whose 18th century heritage is tracible to the colonies, Two George Cyder is a still cider, with just a little “petulance” that would have accompanied colonial ciders drawn from the cask into bottles moments before serving.
Pleasantly refreshing, this cider reveals its pedigree with an unmistakable nose of fragrant apple, and the taste of crisp, clean tannins that are subtly reminiscent of nutmeg. This is a very drinkable cider, although best when chilled, and one which we especially recommend for Thanksgiving and the 4th of July, just to get into the spirit of things. It pairs well with wild game, aged cheese, stronger fish like sardines and anchovy, and pork of all descriptions.
8% ABV Available in .75liter.
Blanc de Noir
We grow the Champagne region Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier dark-skinned grapes, and then press them early in the season for their white juice. The result is a wonderful sparkling wine with more body than our Blanc de Blanc (Chardonnay), and just a hint of the original color of the grape skins. We cultivate, side-by-side, both of these seminal pinot grapes to create a true Blanc de Noirs a la méthode champenoise.
Confidentially, we don’t’ believe any grapes other than the pinots should go into making blanc des noirs. Perhaps, admittedly, there is a place for a hint of Chardonnay among the Pinots in sparkling Blanc de Noirs, but the jury is out on that one.
11.5% ABV Available in .75liter.
We use only classic champagne grapes (Pinot Noir, with a dab of Chardonnay) for our sparkling rosé. This is a wonderful sparkling wine with the sprite character of rosé, begging to be sipped under the drooping leaves of a shade tree in mid-summer.
Complete méthode champenoise: cellared under-ground in our cave for at least one year prior to hand riddling, disgorgement and corking.
Blanc de Blancs
Virginia is an ideal terroir for French-style sparkling wine, yet there are few wineries that venture into the complexities of this most difficult of wines to produce. Virginia provides a moderate climate that allows for the early harvest––so essential—of Chardonnay, the delicate grape used throughout champagne making. Our Blanc de Blancs has a brilliant color of golden straw, with the compact and “discipline” bubbles expected from a méthode traditionnelle. It provides a delicate aroma of crisp seabreeze upon uncorking, which quickly gives way to tones of grapefruit. The finish is long, and lingers lazily, ending on a slightly bitter note. 11.5% ABV Available in .75liter.