Cardinal Point Vineyard & Winery

(540) 456-8400 9423 Batesville Road
Afton, VA 22920
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Family owned and operated, Cardinal Point Vineyard and Winery lies in the beautiful foothills of the Blue Ridge, in the shadow of Afton Mountain. Years ago, while stationed in the small city of Bad Kreuznach, Germany on the banks of the Nahe River, Paul and Ruth Gorman discovered a passion for the Riesling wines that were crafted with care in the little vineyards surrounding the town. It was then and there that they decided to add their own vineyard to their retirement plans. In 1985, Paul retired from the army, and they moved to their farm in Afton, which they called Cardinal Point. Their first order of business was to install the first four acres — two acres each of Riesling and Cabernet Sauvignon — on what is now Cardinal Point Vineyard. While eldest son John oversaw the renovation of the old farmhouse on the property, daughter Sarah and youngest son Tim tended the vines while home from school during the summers. Tim took over as full-time Vineyard Manager in 1989, and has grown the Vineyard to 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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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  • Cardinal Point Vineyard & Winery Cab F Vio 2013


    Light and fruity, this is red wine for people who don't really like red wine. No tannic bite. Lush finish. Lots of cherry and berry notes. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith

  • Cardinal Point Vineyard and Winery Chardonnay 2013


    This half-oak, half-steel fermented Chardonnay has a very unique flavor profile, somewhat similar to Chatham Vineyard's briny steel offering. Very crisp thanks to a cloudy summer. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith

  • It always seemed odd to us that in Piemonte, the land of Barolo, the King of Wines and the Wine of Kings, we would always find a bottle of Barbera in front of us on the table. The answer was and is simple: Barbera is bountiful, versatile, delicious and moderate in price. The Piemontesi drink more reds than whites and almost 50% of the reds that ... Read More

    From the article The Rising Tide of Barbera

  • Old Dominion is getting renewed interest in its growing network of vineyards. Earlier this month, the Circle of Wine Writers, a well-known international group of wine writers, journalists, photographers and experts visited Virginia's Nelson County to tour the region's wineries four year's after the groups visit to the area in 2010.  According to... Read More

    From the article Oh, Virginia! International Wine Writers Visit State's Wineries

  • Cardinal Point Vineyard and Winery Union 2012


    A great big, bad red. Big, but slightly silky tannins. Blackberry and tobacco notes. Would be a fantastic dessert wine paired with dark chocolate. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith

  • Cardinal Point Vineyard and Winery Clay Hill Cabernet Franc 2012


    100% varietal, purchased from a neighboring family vineyard. Cherry, pepper, and tomato leaf. A pretty typical Virginia varietal. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith

  • Cardinal Point Vineyard and Winery Rockfish Red 2013


    Short vat production gives 100% Cabernet Franc minimal contact with skins and seeds, lending a bright color and lighter body. Fruity, but also a little meaty in flavor. Would be nice with grilled foods or pizza. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith

  • Cardinal Point Vineyard and Winery Quattro 2013


    One of the few wineries in the region using the real German varietals - not just sturdier hybrids - this blend lets their natural sweetness shine. Subtle and honeyed, but still fairly simple. It's their crowd pleaser. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith

  • Cardinal Point Vineyard and Winery Ipc 2013


    Hold onto your hat -- this is a hopped Chardonnay. Yes, hopped like beer. Citrusy hops match the fruity tones of the Chardonnay for a totally unique, refreshing white you won't find anywhere else. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith

  • Cardinal Point Vineyard and Winery Viognier 2013


    A higher RS than your typical Viognier. Unusual orange notes and a very rich, creamy mouthfeel make this the equivalent of drinking a Creamsicle. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith

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