Central Virginia, home to many of the state’s finest wineries, is the site of Keswick Vineyards. There are 43 acres of grapes on the 400 acre Edgewood Estate. Currently visitors can taste seven of their wines. Of those wines, three make use of the Norton grape. They produce a light Norton Rosé and a wine named Royale, made in a manner similar to ice wine. While the flavors of both were exceptional, their residual sugars were a bit too high for our palates. Their 2012 Norton Reserve was excellent. With a violet aroma, and a deep, dark color that is found in most Nortons, the flavors are smoother and more refined than some of Nortons that I’ve tasted due to a special yeast used by their South African winemaker.
Keswick Vineyards is one of the most beautiful wineries in Virginia with a lovely inviting tasting room. The grounds have tables available for visitors to sit and enjoy the views and the fine wine.