Central Virginia Rosé Round-Up

June 16, 2017

Rosé:  the quintessential summer wine.  While Rosé can be enjoyed year round, many people associate it with summer.  I tend to be one of those people, as nothing sounds better to me on a hot summer day than a dry, crisp, refreshing Rosé.  

  • One common misconception about Rosé that we need to debunk right away:  Rosé does not mean sweet!  While there are some Rosé wines that are sweet, many Rosés are dry.
  • Almost all of the Rosés featured here are made from 100% red grapes.
  • Another thing many people don’t realize:  Rosé pairs well with many different types of food!  I am certainly not a pairing expert, so my advice would be to ask someone at the winery what they would suggest pairing that specific Rosé with.

I wanted to create a post where readers could easily see some of the wineries in Virginia that are carrying Rosé this summer.  Just to be clear, this list is not an exhaustive list of Rosé that is available in Central Virginia- just a taste. 🙂  But hurry!  Some of these Rosés are already on their way to being sold out!  

To be honest, I was conflicted about what information to include about each winery.  While Dan and I have learned so much about wine-making and all it’s complexities, I still want to stay true to the original focus of Love and Wine, which is to provide “stats” about each winery.  These stats don’t convey the passion each of these winemakers have for their vineyards and their wine.  The best way to see that passion is to visit the wineries yourselves- taste the wine, walk the properties, and truly see for yourself the amazing wine Virginia is producing.

Along with “stats,”  I included the composition of each wine (AKA what grapes it’s made of), as well as the tasting notes from the winery itself.

 

Afton Mountain Vineyards– 2016 Rosé

  • 43% Cabernet Franc, 57% Pinot Noir
  • “This crisp and refreshing dry Rosé fills your mouth with crisp acidity and bright fruit character.”

Location:  234 Vineyard Lane, Afton, Virginia 22920

Hours:  Open 7 days a week, 11:00-5:30pm

Dog Friendly?:  Yes

Kid Friendly?:  Yes

Food for Purchase?:  Yes

BYO Food?:  Yes

Events?: Occasional live music- check their website for dates and times

 

Barboursville Vineyards– 2015 Vintage Rosé

 

  • 50% Petite Syrah, 25% Merlot, and 25% Barbera
  • “Extravagantly pretty stone fruit nose and palate, with hints of pineapple and mango in a vivaciously succulent, yet pleasingly astringent profile. A lingering, vibrant finish.”

Location:  17655 Winery Rd, Barboursville, VA 22923

Hours:  Varies, based on whether you are visiting the Tasting Room, Library 1821 (tasting of older vintages), or Palladio (their restaurant).  Check hours for each location here.

Dog Friendly?:  Yes

Kid Friendly?:  Yes

Food for Purchase?:  Yes, they have a full service restaurant on site

BYO Food?:  Yes

Events?:  Not on site, but they do have off-site events.  Keep an eye on their Facebook page for events.

 

Cooper Vineyards– 2015 Rosé, 2016 Rosé

2015 Rosé:

  • Made with predominately Norton 
  • “Drier style, refreshing and crisp with luscious strawberry and notes of cherry and fresh berry.”

2016 Rosé: 

  • Made with predominantly Petit Verdot
  • “Medium bodied with notes of watermelon and strawberry. This Rosé embodies a clean acidity.”

Location:  13372 Shannon Hill Rd., Louisa VA., 23093

Hours:  Open 7 days a week, 11:00-5:00pm

Dog Friendly?:  Yes

Kid Friendly?:  Yes

Food for Purchase?: Yes

BYO Food?: Yes

Events?: Live Music on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays

 

Early Mountain Vineyards– 2016 Rosé

  • 60% Merlot, 25% Syrah, 10% Cabernet Franc, 5% Malbec
  • “The pale, salmon color primes us for the strawberries, white peaches, and honeysuckle aromas and flavors of this wine.  The acidity brings a piquant character to the fruit and the wine lingers with wet stone and a pleasant citrus pith character.”

Location: 6109 Wolftown-Hood Rd, Madison, VA 22727. 

Hours:  Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday: 11:00-6:00pm, Friday:  11-8:00pm

Dog Friendly?: Yes

Kid Friendly?:  Yes-very!

Food for Purchase?: Yes, they offer complete table service and on the patio.

BYO Food?:  Yes

Events?:  Live music every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  They also have other occasional events such as Oysterfests and Holiday events.  Check their website for dates and details.

 

Keswick Vineyards– 2016 Amélie Sparkling Rosé

  • 100% Norton
  • “Dry and fruit forward, the nose on this wine expresses a fresh bouquet of raspberry with a hint of baked bread. The palate is crisp and clean with an aggressive effervescence.”

Location:  1575 Keswick Winery Dr., Keswick, Virginia 22947

Hours:  Open Monday-Thursday: 10:00am-5:00pm, Friday: 10:00am-8:00pm, Saturday: 10:00am-6:00pm, Sunday: 10:00am-5:00pm

Dog Friendly?:  Yes- they also have a dog park!

Kid Friendly?:  Yes

Food for Purchase?:  Yes- they have local food trucks on the weekends

BYO Food?:  Yes

Events?: Live music on Fridays during the summer

 

Pippin Hill Farm and Vineyard– 2016 Rosé, 2015 Sparkling Rosé

2015 Sparkling Rosé:  

  • Blend of Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Tannat
  • “Champagne style Sparkling Rosé features both floral and fruity characteristics on the nose…dogwood, honeysuckle, and strawberry. . . with hints of raspberry, tart cherry, and honey on the palate.”

2016 Rosé

  • Blend of Cabernet Franc, Chambourcin and Cabernet Sauvignon
  • “This Rosé is both floral and fruity in the aromatics, like a basket of strawberries garnished with dogwood blossom and a dollop of marmalade. The plush palate of raspberries gives way to tart sour cherries, with a touch of watermelon. Our Rosé is not sweet but slightly dry and that makes it perfect for the spring and summer months, chilled and close enough to refill your glass without having to get out of the hammock. Getting out of the hammock is the worst.

Location:  5022 Plank Rd, North Garden, VA 22959

Hours:  Open Tuesday-Sunday: 11:00-5:00pm 

Dog Friendly?:  Yes

Kid Friendly?:  Yes

Food for Purchase?:  Yes, full Farm-to-Table restaurant

BYO Food?:  No

Events?:  “Savor at Sunset” every third Thursday,  Occasional cooking classes and other various events- Check their website for dates and details.

 

Veritas Winery-2016 Rosé

  • Blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot
  • “Veritas Rosé is made only from red grapes in a dry, Provencal style. Bright and full of fruit, it is a lighthearted wine for all occasions and all foods, at the picnic or “on the barbie.”

Location:  151 Veritas Lane · Afton, Virginia 22920

Hours:  Open Monday-Friday: 9:30-5:30pm, Saturday-Sunday: 11:00-5:00

Dog Friendly?:  Yes

Kid Friendly?:  Yes

Food for Purchase?:  Yes

BYO Food?:  Yes

Events?:  “Starry Nights” concerts one Saturday a month during the summer.  Check their website for dates.

 

Glass House Winery  

  • 49% Cabernet Franc, 51% Chambourcin
  • Dry, very aromatic, well balanced, and bright wine.  Notes of rose, strawberry, grapefruit, pear, shale, and light peach.  Light on its feed, bright, playful wine with a lingering fruit forward finish.  

Location:  5898 Free Union Rd., Free Union, VA 22940

Hours:  Open Thursday, Saturday, Sunday, 12:00pm-5:30pm; Friday, 12:00-9:00pm

Dog Friendly?:  Yes

Kid Friendly?:  Yes

Food for Purchase?:  Yes

BYO Food?:  Yes

Events?:  Live Music most Fridays and Sundays- check their website for dates and details.

 

You can also find Rosé at the following Central Virginia wineries & vineyards:

Anyone have a favorite Central Virginia Rosé?  Let me know in the comments below!

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1 Comment

  • Reply Amy Wiedle June 20, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    Missed Rose at Blenheim Winery – one of the very best in VA !!!

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