Rosé Round-Up: Smaller Virginia Regions

June 23, 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 these smaller Virginia wine regions- 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.

Heart of Appalachia

Mountain Rose Vineyards– Darby Blush

  • Luscious grape aromas are followed by strawberry flavors in this crisp, semi-dry blush. The clean green apple candy finish makes this a perfect wine for sipping or with a variety of foods. 

Location:  10439 Reservoir Rd., Wise, Virginia 24293

Hours:  Monday-Saturday, 10AM-6PM

Dog Friendly?: Yes

Kid Friendly?:  Yes

Food for Purchase?:  No

BYO Food?:  Yes

Events?:  Occasional events throughout the year, keep an eye on their website for dates and details!

 

Southern Virginia

Rosemont Vineyards and Winery– 2016 Rosé

  • 100% Chambourcin
  • Bright and fresh, dry Rosé.  Darker in color this year than last due to a concentrated crop, it’s a bit heartier and is a wonderful wine for year round Rosé drinking!  It offers aromas of rose petal and watermelon with a sassy acidity of vine picked strawberries and raspberries.

Location:  1050 Blackridge Road, LaCrosse, Virginia 23950

Hours:  Monday-Saturday, 11:00 AM-6:00 PM; Sunday 1:00 PM- 6:00 PM

Dog Friendly?: Yes

Kid Friendly?:  Yes

Food for Purchase?:  Yes

BYO Food?:  Yes

Events?:  Occasionally, check their Facebook page for dates and details.

 

Shenandoah Valley

Bluemont Vineyard– 2016 Rosé

  • Blend of Chambourcin, Rkatsiteli, Vidal Blanc, & Chardonnay
  • Hints of cranberry, strawberry, & lychee fruits.

Location:  18755 Foggy Bottom Rd, Bluemont, VA 20135

Hours:  Daily, 11:00AM-6:00PM

Dog Friendly?:  Yes

Kid Friendly?:  Yes

Food for Purchase?:  Yes

BYO Food?:  No

Events?: “Farm to Table” Fridays, Live Music every Sunday, and various other events.  Check their website for dates and details.

 

CrossKeys Vineyard– 2016 Fiore

  • Blend of Cabernet Franc and Chambourcin
  • This crisp, off-dry rosé has a slight sweetness, with hints of strawberry and grapefruit. Juices pressed off of the skin of Cabernet Franc and Chambourcin are fermented and aged in stainless steel to achieve the beautiful, deep rose color.

Location:  6011 E Timber Ridge Rd, Mt Crawford, VA 22841

Hours:  Daily, 11:00AM-7PM

Dog Friendly?:  Yes

Kid Friendly?:  Yes 

Food for Purchase?:  Yes- they have a full service restaurant!

BYO Food?:  No

Events?:   They offer Sunday brunch at their Bistro, as well as other occasional events.  Check their website for dates and details.

 

Veramar Vineyard– NV Veramar Rosé, 2016 JB Winemaker Series Rosé

NV Veramar Rosé:

  • 100% Chambourcin
  • Pink Chicken is a light rose; brilliant, lively, strawberry in color with flavors of sweet grapefruit & strawberries. The finish on the palate is of pomegranate and berry fruits which will fill your mouth.

2016 JB Winemaker Series Rosé (available exclusively to wine cub members at Veramar, James Charles, and Bogati)

  • 100% Chambourcin

Location:  905 Quarry Road, Berryville, VA 22611

Hours:  Daily, 12:00-5:00 (Saturday, 12:00-7:00)

Dog Friendly?:  Yes

Kid Friendly?:  Yes

Food for Purchase?:  Yes

BYO Food?:  Yes

Events?:  “Vineyard Picnics” each Friday and Saturday from April-October (reservations required).  They hold occasional events- keep an eye on their website for dates and details.

 

Anyone have a favorite Rosé from one of the smaller Virginia regions?  Let me know in the comments below!

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