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is home to few wineries, but they are among the most productive and respected in the Virginia Wine Industry. Leading the way are Barboursville Winery (owned by Italy’s Zonin family) and Horton Vineyards. Orange County vineyards are located in the rolling hills near the towns of Barboursville and Gordonsville, at elevations close to 600 feet. The region’s climate is similar to the rest of Virginia with warm humid summers and erratic winters making varietal and trellising system choices as critical here as it is in the rest of the state. This county is located in the larger Monticello AVA and produces a number of styles of wine coming from a stunning array of grape varietals. In addition, Orange County produces award winning Viognier and Cabernet Franc, two vitis Vinifera varietals with established histories in the region. These wineries are focused on the ecological suitability of varieties, as opposed to allowing short sighted marketability dictate the cultivar selection. California and Oregon may Read more »

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  • Viognier

    History of the grape: Viognier is thought to be an indigenous grape of Croatia that was brought to the Rhone in Franc...

  • Rkatsiteli

    Not widely known about in western markets, this ancient white grape variety is broadly distributed across eastern Eur...

  • Petit Manseng

    This white wine-producing grape is being grown on small acreages in Virginia, notably by Chrysallis Vineyards. The vi...

  • Norton

    Norton was first created in the experimental garden of the eccentric Dr. Daniel Norton in 1820s Richmond, VA. His int...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

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  • My father had an expression:  Centrally located and convenient to ... a ... ... a separate event in LA/Orange County.  Central Coast is about as specific as saying "France's Atlantic Coast," since the "Central Coast"  appellation is about 245 miles long.  Also, not too convenient if I can pull Lucha into this or even, heaven forbid, the Grand... Read More

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  • Barboursville Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon Orange County 2008

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    My personal fav. 2007 is the best 2009 also great Read More

    Wine review by aywhall


  • Barboursville Vineyards Cabernet Franc Orange County Reserve 2009

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    Nose and palate like a Chinon. Very French style. Nice and very tasty!94 pts.-Wine Spectator Grand Tour 2012 Read More

    Wine review by VegasOenophile


  • Horton "The Tower Series" Norton 2008

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    Horton's Norton, fun to say and fun to drink! One can't help but be reminded of a great Zinfandel when drinking this wine. Plums and black cherries with touches of black pepper. This is wine is a steal! Read More

    Wine review by Matthew Hugh Walker


  • Barboursville Vineyards Chardonnay Blend Orange County Brut NV

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    This is a Prosecco style sparkling with a nice acidity and fine bubbles. There is a hint of fruit on the finish maybe sour apple that rounds out to a lingering pear taste. Read More

    Wine review by Jazzyjasmine


  • Paso Robles Trip Notes: West of PasoThis was a trip my wife and I had planned with another couple months in advance. None of us had spent any time in Paso before, and the anticipation was very high indeed. It seemed the more I read about the area and its wine scene, the more I gained the impression that the West side of town (from just north of ... Read More

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  • Horton Vineyards Cabernet Franc Orange County 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by mindpirate


  • Horton Stonecastle Pink Rose Not Defined Other U.S NV

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    I bought a bottle of this wine at a camp store on skyline dr, in the blue ridge mtns. We drank it on our balcony at skyland lodge, overlooking the Shenandoah valley from 4,000 feet above. We absolutely love it. A nice dry red wine with suttle blackberry, yummy. Going back there from niagara falls just to get some more of it! The mountains a... Read More

    Wine review by punkinhead


  • Horton" Chateau le Cabin" Blueberry NV

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    I bought this wine at a Sams Club, thinking what the heck, I will try it. Unbelievable. such a beautiful color and clarity, great taste, very smooth. Yummy!! So glad I decided to buy two bottles when I did as I will drink this one a lot! Read More

    Wine review by joss254


  • Horton Vineyards Viognier Orange County 2007

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    No written review

    Wine review by ginnylee23


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