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 »