Wednesday, August 16, 2017  

The Chesapeake Bay Wineries


This historic Tidewater region of the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula falls between the Potomac and York rivers, with the Chesapeake Bay to the east. Here in the winter of 1607–08, Captain John Smith was a prisoner of the Powhatans. Here were born three presidents — George Washington, James Madison and James Monroe — two signers of the Declaration of Independence and Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Here you’ll discover charming small towns that date to Colonial times, thousands of miles of shoreline, local museums, the Urbanna Oyster Festival and many bed and breakfast inns. The verdant land of these peninsulas provides sandy loam soil and a temperate climate year round. Many wineries call this area home—and they, too, await your discovery. Awaiting discovery by your taste buds are such Chesapeake Bay varietals as Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chambourcin, Chardonnay, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Pinot Grigio, Seyval Blanc, Syrah, and Vidal Blanc.
— from VirginiaWine.org

General’s Ridge Vineyard

If you find yourself in the Northern Neck, be sure to set aside time to visit one of the newest additions to the Chesapeake Bay Wine Trail, General’s Ridge Vineyards, located in Hague, Virginia and owned by General Rick Phillips (USMC Ret.) and wife Linda. GRV has been selling award-winning grapes wholesale for ten years and now has opened the doors to their Somewhere in Time tasting room. Aside from the lush grape acreage, the first thing guests will notice upon entering the property is the charming Manor House, an extensively renovated 1800’s in addition to some of Virginia’s highest quality wines handcrafted by Michael Shaps, a cozy area for seating, an enticing bistro menu, and frozen Frappe Vino treats. Grand Opening, scheduled for the first weekend in October. The Somewhere in Time tasting room opens at noon on Thursdays through Sundays, closing at 5 pm on Thursdays and Sundays, 6 pm on Saturdays, and
7 pm on Fridays, or by appointment.

Ingleside Vineyards
Escape to Ingleside Vineyards... Our unspoiled surroundings offer an atmosphere of relaxation—the perfect getaway from the hectic life of the city. Ingleside embraces the casual attitude
and lifestyle of the Chesapeake Bay Region. We invite you to experience our exceptional wines and indulge yourself
in the rich history and beauty of
Virginia’s Northern Neck.
Opening in 1980, Ingleside Vineyards is one of Virginia’s oldest and largest wineries and produces over 18 varieties of wine from Virginia estate-grown grapes. For over thirty years, our hand-crafted wines have won numerous awards and top honors in state, national and international wine competitions. Tours and tastings are offered daily. Our European-style courtyard is perfect for picnics. We also offer wedding facilities, overnight accommodations and
an extensive gift shop.

Vault Field
Vault Field Vineyards is located on historic Vault Field Farm near the town of Kinsale. The award-winning wines are the result of a marriage between an exceptional terroir and the latest techniques in viticulture.
The first vintage wines (2006)
have received the following medals:
2009 Virginia Wine Classic—Gold,
Gold, Silver, Bronze; 2008 Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition—Gold, Silver, Bronze; 2008 State Fair of Virginia—Silver; 2007 Virginia Governor’s Cup—Silver, Bronze, Bronze.
Wines: Chardonnay, Vidal Blanc,
White Wine Blend—Conundrum, a
semi-dry Rosé. “Red” is a semi-sweet
blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon
and Chambourcin. The flagship “Reserve Red” is a Meritage blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc
and Petit Verdot.
Vault Field Vineyards offers a tasting room, winery & vineyard tours. Ask
us about private parties. Open Feb.
to Dec., Thurs.-Sun., 11am to 5pm
(6pm in summer), or by appt.

Oak Crest
A Long time effort by the Brandts family culminated in the opening of Oak Crest Winery in 2002. The winery’s creation involved a combination of genetics, scientific bent, fortunate opportunities, and the urge to create good wine and share it with others. Oak Crest Winery offers complementary tastings of our Bordeaux-style reds and Rhine-style whites ranging from dry dinner wines to luscious sweet dessert wines. Enjoy conversing with the knowledgable tasting room staff and relaxing in the Old World atmosphere in the authentic post-and-beam tasting room and gift shop. Bring your own picnic lunch to accompany your selection of the wines and enjoy the deck or patio overlooking the woodland beauty of scenic King George County.
Amish Cheese & Crackers are available for purchase. Think of Oak Crest  for special occasions such as weddings and receptions at the winery.  
Located just 3 miles from Route 301. Visit us soon.

The Dog and Oyster
The Dog and Oyster is the newly acquired vineyard of The Hope and Glory Inn. The quirky name was created to honor the rescue dogs that rescue the grapes from deer and other animals; and, to honor the oyster, one of the Chesapeake Bay region’s greatest assets.
At the same time, the vineyard also sees great value in the synergistic partnerships it has formed.
One partnership is with the legendary Ingleside Vineyards. The Dog and Oyster has taken a one-of-a-kind approach by offering not only Dog and Oyster wines; but, also select premium and reserve labels from Ingleside to expand the tasting experience. Two vineyards at one—a novel approach to winemaking in Virginia.
An added partnership is that crafted with the Rappahannock River Oyster Company. Count on wine being paired with their award winning oysters. RRO, the recipient of the inaugural National Treasures Award, as well as a Food & Wine Tastemakers award, is the oyster choice of many of America’s top chefs; and, now you.
Good Luck
Good Luck Cellars has been resurrected from an old sand and gravel mine into a marvel of ecologic recovery: a vineyard and winery site of magical beauty and serenity. Come join us to celebrate hand crafted on-site grown wines of superb quality.
Good Luck Cellars offers eight wines for tasting and sale. Bring a lunch or supper and enjoy our porches while you sip a glass of wine and take in the view.  We are now staying open until 8 PM
on Fridays to accommodate our working friends in “wine down” at the end of
their week.

Athena Vineyards was established in 2002 by three nurses, where they enjoy healthy lifestyles, working in the vineyard and the finer things in life. Their interest in winemaking led to the construction of the winery in 2005. Athena has become the first commercial vineyard and winery in Northumberland County, Virginia. Visit the tasting room and share the warm hospitality in a beautiful vineyard setting. The vineyards overlook the Great Wicomico River with 15 acres of more than 20 varieties of grapes. Their philosophy of growing grapes and making wine in an environmentally safe manner is an important responsibility to land stewardship and the long-term relationship with their customers, neighbors and the world. Athena Vineyards strives to be environmentally friendly, economically sound and socially responsible with all their winery and viticulture practices. All grapes are hand picked at the peak of ripeness. Quality control is essential to ensure that only the finest grapes are used for winemaking—you can’t make great wine without great grapes. Athena Vineyards embraces the lifestyle of the Chesapeake Bay area.

Belle Mount
Belle Mount Vineyards was founded in 2002 by Ray and Catherine Petrie. The vineyards are on the “Beautiful Hill” overlooking the Rappahannock River and Cat Point Creek near Warsaw. If you enjoy bald eagle watching and leisurely trips to pristine freshwater wetlands then you will love it here.
There are eight acres of vines, and winemaking focuses on small lots of handcrafted, estate grown varietals and proprietary blends. The tasting room and gift shop is located in the cellar of the Great Hall banquet facility. Current production levels range between 1,000 to 1,500 annual cases, depending on the vintage.
The wines are available in the
tasting room, at numerous wine festivals throughout the state and at select wine shops and restaurants. The selection ranges from light and delicate food-friendly whites to hardy reds with
deep complexities and long finishes. Several sweet styles are perfect for
casual occasions.
With complementary tastings you are sure to find something to please your palate. See you soon.

Hague Winery
Please join us for fine wines in an historic setting. Take a step back in time visit the Historic Buena Vista Plantation, circa 1835, on Virginia’s Northern Neck. Home to The Hague Winery, a small family business owned by Cynthia and Stephen Madey.
The tasting room is housed in a former barn overlooking the manor home, outbuildings, vineyards and surrounding farmland. Visit this peaceful setting while enjoying some of the Northern Neck’s
finest wine.
 The first release was in the spring of 2009 and included Cabernet Franc, Rosé, Chardonel and a Muscat dessert wine. The Meritage Reserve, a Bordeaux-style red blend was released in late February 2010. 
The gift shop features wine accessories, local crafts and picnic fare. Outdoor seating is under a large pergola with a “buena vista” of the vineyard, remaining plantation buildings and farm. Tasting
fee is $5.00 for seven wines.
Open Daily, April - December 11am-5pm; January - March by appointment only.
Historic Cottage at The Hague Winery available for your lodging all year round.