Lovingston winery

(434) 263-8467 885 Freshwater Cove Ln
Lovingston, VA 22949
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Lovingston Winery, located in the rolling countryside of the Blue Ridge Mountains, is dedicated to the production of the highest-quality wines. Primarily family-run along with head winemaker Riaan Rossouw, we take great pride in offering a pleasing experience in every bottle. Currently, we have six acres of densely-planted vines – four in Merlot, one in Cabernet Franc and one in Pinotage. MerlotThis “dense planting” – 1200 vines to the acre – stems from the idea that by limiting the number of grape bunches a vine is able to produce, that vine concentrates all of its energy into fewer bunches, increasing the quality of those grapes. We plan to expand our vineyards in 2010 with Seyval Blanc and small quantities of both Chardonnay and Petit Verdot. The winery, built into a hillside on the family farm, employs a gravity-flow production method, allowing us to virtually eliminate the use of pumps and other mechanization we believe detracts from the wines. In addition, we ferment the grapes in relatively Read more »

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  • 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...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Cabernet Franc

    History of the grape: References to it in the Loire region of France date as far back as the mid 12th century. But it...

  • Pinotage

    History of the grape: In 1925, Stellenbosch University Chief Horticulture Professor Abraham Izak Perold created the P...

  • Petit Manseng

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

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  • Lovingston Winery Pinotage 2012

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    A lighter version of this traditionally South African grape. Rich and earthy with vibrant cherry notes and a light grip on the finish. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Lovingston Winery Pinotage 2011

    Snoothrank:

    Richly earthy nose with notes of cherries. The silky tannins drink more like a Burgundian Pinot Noir than a traditional South African Pinotage, but in a region that sees very little Pinot Noir, this is a welcome addition to my wine rack. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Lovingston Seyval Blanc 2012

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    Heady tropical aromas of pineapple, mango and banana warm into juicy floral bliss. Crisp, minerally and just a touch acidic. Tropical notes aren't my favorite so I'm unlikely to purchase a bottle of this, but it's a good example of a varietal somewhat particular to the Eastern US. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Lovingston Red Blend Orange County Rotunda Red 2006

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    No written review

    Wine review by Paddymurphy


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  • Lovingston Red Blend Orange County Rotunda Red 2006

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    I was pleasantly surprised by the bright, fruity flavor of this wine. I tasted lots of berries and a slight sweetness making this a perfect red for sipping alone. Read More

    Wine review by meganmarco


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