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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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  • Norton

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

  • Rkatsiteli

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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Petit Manseng

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

  • Viognier

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

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