Readers, familiar with my blog or my book, will know that Barboursville Vineyards in Central Virginia is both our favorite winery and one of our favorite places to visit. Every visit has been memorable and our latest one was no exception. We did a tasting, enjoyed a glass, and toured some of their newest additions to the winery.
Barboursville wines are some of the finest in Virginia. They are becoming nationally and internationally known. Three of their current vintages, the 2008 Malvaxia Passito, the 2010 Nebbiolo Reserve, and the 2010 Octagon were a part of the Governor’s Cup Case in the 2014 Virginia Governor’s Cup Competition. Barboursville wines are featured in wine magazines and win many awards each year.
Choosing a favorite wine is difficult because each wine is exceptional and there are seventeen wines on their tasting list. Our favorites are their Sauvignon Blanc, Barbera Reserve, Sangiovese Reserve, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc Reserve, and their Nebbiolo Reserve. While available for sale only, their Octagon and their Petit Verdot Reserve are both amazing.
The winery has grown immensely since our first visit over twenty years ago. On our first visit there was a small, cozy tasting room; today the tasting room can accommodate large groups but still retains the same welcoming environment. The latest addition is a special tasting room available for tastings of their library wines, those wines that are not typically on their tasting menu. It is lovely and we look forward to visiting on a weekend when it is open sometime. We also visited the Octagon room where the barrels holding that special wine are aging.
If you’re ever in Central Virginia, I recommend a visit. The gorgeous vineyard, the historic grounds, the beautiful tasting room are all worth the visit and the excellent wines will keep you returning.
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