Virginia Heritage Wine: A Bottle for the Ages

Virginia Heritage Wine: A Bottle for the Ages

By Nancy Bauer

The undertaking alone is worthy of attention: Sixteen Virginia wineries each delivered a barrel to Effingham Manor Winery in Nokesville. Inside each barrel was a red wine grown and made in Virginia. Some were Merlot, some Cabernet Franc, some Cabernet Sauvignon and a few Petit Verdot.

Next, each barrel was opened, the wines tasted and evaluated, and then blended into a completely new wine, which was, finally, pumped into 32 Virginia oak barrels. And there they sat, aging, until August.

Meanwhile, labels were created (not paper labels, but birch-wood labels – a not-inconsiderable expense or chore), bottles were ordered, corks were delivered. Nice commemorative boxes were designed, in which the bottles would lay on little nests of birch shavings.

And finally, the wine was transferred into 10,000 heavy bottles, which were then loaded into 1,666 half-case boxes. Much of that was then transported back to the sixteen participating wineries, with the rest held back for distribution to retailers, or shipments to VIPs and influencers who in turn promote Virginia Wine Country.

The Virginia’s Heritage Wine project, brainchild of Chris Pearmund, managing partner of three of the participating wineries, celebrates 400 years of winemaking in Virginia, which began in 1619 with the arrival of 10,000 French grapevines in Jamestown.

And the wine? It’s available October 1.

Find Virginia’s Heritage at the Mount Vernon Fall Wine Festival in October, and at these wineries: Aspen Dale Winery, Delaplane; Cooper Vineyards/53rd Winery, Louisa; Effingham Manor Winery, Nokesville; Glass House Winery, Free Union; Ingleside Vineyards, Oak Grove; Naked Mountain, Markham; Narmada Winery, Amissville; New Kent Winery, New Kent; Pearmund Cellars, Broad Run; Phillip Carter Winery, Hume; Potomac Point, Stafford; Rappahannock Cellars, Huntly; Rosemont of Virginia Winery, La Crosse; Winery at Bull Run, Centreville; Williamsburg Winery, Williamsburg; Vint Hill Craft Winery, Vint Hill.

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