Rockbridge Vineyard

1-888-511-WINE 30 Hill View Lane
Raphine, VA 24472
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Rockbridge Vineyard is the fruition of Shepherd Rouse's dream to make fine wine in his native state of Virginia. As a boy in 1963 in his hometown of Williamsburg, Rouse found a round green glass bottle seal with the date 1718 embossed on it. The areaeological expert in residence at Colonial Williamsburg at the time, Ivor Noel-Hume identified it as the second oldest dated wine bottle seal yet unearthed in Virginia. Rouse donated it for the Colonial Williamsburg collection. Ten years later on a spring semester abroad in Germany as a Washington and Lee University geology student, Rouse was intrigued by wine. Three years later, back in Germany on a Fulbright scholarship, he decided to learn how, and then to produce fine wine in Virginia. In 1978 Rouse moved to California and served an extended apprenticeship that included earning a Masters degree in Enology at the University of California at Davis and work at Schramsberg, Chateau St. Jean and Carneros Creek Wineries. He returned to Virginia in 1986 and began Read more »

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  • Concord

    Concord started out as a chance hybrid between vitis vinifera and vitis labrusca. It was first introduced in 1843 by ...

  • Merlot

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

  • Chardonnay

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

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

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  • Rockbridge Pinot Noir 2010


    Not really diggin' this Virginia Pinot. Notes of cherry cough syrup, somewhat metallic on the back end with light to moderate acidity and (unfortunately) a medium to long finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • Rockbridge Vineyard Red Bordeaux Blend Dechiel Reserve Meritage 2008


    Not much going on with this Virginia bordeaux blend. A little flat, maybe past its prime. Dominated by the cab franc mustiness with just a hint of the cab sauv lingering. Light to moderate tannins, dried cherry and prune with some green pepper on the back end. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • The 2006 Norton is fantastic!

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  • Rockbridge Shenandoah Valley Reserve Chardonnay 1997


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  • Rockbridge Shenandoah Valley Vin D Or 375 1998


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  • Rockbridge Shenandoah Valley Vin D Or 375 1998


    One of Virginia's finest desert wines! Delicious! Read More

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