Barboursville Vineyards

(540) 832-3824 17655 Winery Road PO Box 136
Barboursville, VA 22923
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Defying the unanimous advice of government officials, land owners, and bankers to plant tobacco at Barboursville, Gianni Zonin -- 6th generation heir to a family wine enterprise active since 1821 in the Veneto -- acquired this plantation in 1976 with the seemingly ridiculous expectation of creating a vineyard. Jefferson had attempted this, persistently into the 19th Century at Monticello, always failing to achieve a single harvest. In 2006, on the occasion of celebrating the winery’s 30th anniversary as “setting the standard” for a region now populated by more than 100 vineyards, Gianni and Silvana Zonin opened a new wine museum at Barboursville, looking back upon centuries of Italian viticulture, and a barrel aging room for Octagon, where the history of their creation of the estate that gave birth to a new wine region is laid out upon the walls in illustrated chapters, culminating in the validation of Octagon, itself, as the crowning achievement of Virginia viticulture. 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

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  • Barboursville Vineyards Vermentino Reserve 2013


    This crisp Italian white's an unusual varietal for this area and Barboursville's version has a slight tropical note to its predominately citrusy palate. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith

  • Barboursville Octagon 2010


    Easily the best red Virginia wine we've had. There's a hint of perfume on the nose from the cab franc and a bit of blackberry. The merlot stands out on the palate with its smooth mouthfeel and fine grained tannins. There is also a nice note of crushed black cherry along with other well integrated red and black fruit. Well balanced, with medium a... Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • To complete our wine weekend, Sandra and I drove another two hours south down ... testing experience at the Barboursville Vineyards, home of the famous Octagon wine.  We had vertical tastings of Octagon, Petit Verdot, Cab Franc and Nebbiolo too.   We only bought a case of wine this time - including six bottles of the 2010 Octagon!  Tonight we ... Read More

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  • Today is Sandra's 54th birthday - one more year until she can retire at 55 ... opened a 2005 Octagon from Barboursville Vineyards.  Lots of wine flowing out here the past few day Read More

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  • You guys should attend this tasting.  We've been to Breaux, Sunset Hills and Barboursville vineyards.  Of those, Barboursville might be the best.  We still have Veritas and Afton Mountain on our 'to do' list.  Make sure you get a taste of Octagon from Barboursville. Read More

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  • Just got this from Adam Lee. Meeting up with eMark and Foxall Monday for ... ... ... Mountain Vineyards Barboursville Vineyards Thibaut-Janisson  Adam LeeSiduri Wines&nbs Read More

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  • I enjoyed the remainder of a 2007 Virginian wine, the Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve from Barboursville Vineyards ( where the famous (served in the White House) Octagon is made.  I paired it with a plate of charcuterie and it was delicious. Read More

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  • I have my two experiences to add, but neither one was myself or Sandra breaking ... ... red wines down at the Barboursville Vineyards in the southern part of Virginia last year - October actually.  It was a fun event with lots of food and decent pours.  I was standing at a table near the counter where they were selling bottles, and suddenly I ... Read More

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  • Hi guys:I was at a local wine and liquor store today; I buy quite a bit of stuff from them but don't really know any of the staff. It was quite warm and I was out running errands. I decided to stop by and pick up a few bottles of inexpensive wine (sub $15) that I can use in part for cooking.I guess maybe my hand was a little sweaty or something ... Read More

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  • Hi everyone.  My wife Sandra and I have been into wine for the past few years and that's led to a few trips to Napa Valley and related areas in 2012 and 2013.  We enjoy all wines but reds are our favorites.  We hosted our first wine tasting party last night and it was a fun event - sixteen wine lovers trying different wines in a blind tasting.  ... Read More

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  • Two of Barboursville's wines have been selected to be part of the coming, 2009 Presidential Inauguration Celebration: The '06 Cabernet Franc, Reserve, and the '05 "Octagon". They're two outstanding examples of how far Virginia Reds have come, as well as where they're headed.

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