The cool, foggy mountain mornings with warm sun filled days, along with crisp clear evenings is the starting point on the journey to a great grape. Our mountainside vineyard utilizes natural hillside terrior which promotes and nurtures vine growth and grape quality. Due to cold and elevation considerations, we have chosen five cold hardy varieties of wine grapes. Several of these vines were developed by the University of Minnesota, to address problems having to do with cold issues.

White Grapes:

La Crescent: University of Minnesota grapes combine St. Pepin and Swenson. La Crescent’s intense nose of apricot, peach and citrus lends itself to a superior quality of off-dry or sweet wines.

Frontenac Gris: Is the white wine version of Frontenac. This wine presents enticing aromas of citrus and tropical fruit, as well as peach and apricot.

Chardonel: Is a hardy hybrid cross of Seyval and Chardonnay. Wine made with this white grape boast tropical fruit and aromas of honey and bananas.

Red Grapes:

Marquette: Originated from a cross from between MN 1094 and French Hybrid cultivar Ravat 262. Marquette exhibits cherry and black currant flavors. It can have integrated notes of blackberries, pepper, plum and spice.

Frontenac: Reflects the best characteristics of its parents, V. Ripiria 89 and French hybrid Landot 4511. Frontenac’s deep garnet color complements its cherry aromas and inviting palate of blackberry, black currant and plum.

Cabernet Franc: A thin skinned red grape that grows well in cooler climates. It produces a fruity wine that is softer and more subdued than its regal relative Cabernet Sauvignon. It has lower tannin levels and more distinct berry (blueberry, raspberry and sometimes plum) flavors.

These are the grapes that we grow in our vineyard on Meadow Creek Road. Other grapes are grown and leased through other Virginia vineyards.