We have more than 11 acres of grapes planted in our vineyard consisting of three varieties, Chardonnay, Traminette, Cabernet Franc, and Barbera. We are located in southwest Virginia. The vineyard was established in 1999 in Patrick Springs, Virginia, which is just over an hour from Roanoke, VA and Greensboro & Winston Salem, NC. When you come by to visit, you'll probably see three generations of family over there. If you want to come offer help, we won't turn down volunteers!
It is a green-yellow skinned grape used to make white wine. It is one of the widest grown grape varieties in the world. It is fermented into its own wine and can be blended into other wines. The chardonnay grow on a Vertical Shoot Positioning (VSP) trellis system in our vineyard.
Traminette is a cross between a French hybrid and a German varietal. It was meant to be a large clustered table grape, but showed great promise as a wine. The clusters grow less dense than our other varieties, which can be great for sprays, air, and sun. It is primarily used to blend with other wines. It is grown on a High Cordon System in our vineyard, but we are gradually converting it to a VSP system.
Cabernet Franc is a purple grape made into red wines. It is grown for blending with other red wines and also to bottle on its own. It is a consistent grower, ripening later than the Chardonnay by two to four weeks. We also grow the Cabernet Franc on a VSP system in our vineyard.
Barbera is an Italian purple grape made into red wines. It produces good yields and is known for deep color, low tannins and high levels of acid. It is grown for blending with other red wines and also to bottle on its own. We also grow the Barbera on a VSP system in our vineyard.