The Estate Vineyard (Monticello AVA)
The Estate Vineyard is ideally situated near the western border of the property in Albemarle County, Virginia on rolling hills between 700 and 800 feet elevation. Elevation drops dramatically on three of the four vineyard borders, facilitating ample airflow, sunlight and exceptional growing conditions. We have a little over 7 acres of mature vines planted to Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Syrah and Viognier on this vineyard.
The Essex Vineyard
With our Essex Vineyard, we can take advantage of the different growing conditions near the coast in eastern Virginia. Located in Essex County, with 26 planted acres of grapes including traditional Bordeaux red varieties as well as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier, the Essex Vineyard is heavily influenced by its proximity to the Chesapeake Bay. The sandy soils, lower elevation and more coastal climate produce fruit with markedly different characteristics than those grapes grown on the Estate Vineyard.
The different macro and micro climates of the two vineyards provide us with the opportunity to take advantage of subtle differences within the same varietal and produce wines that express a unique blending of terroirs. The two vineyards also enable us to produce more consistent wines each year, even when one vineyard experiences climate challenges.
Our winemaker, Sebastien Marquet, has spent much of his life producing superb wines in varied climates and locations across the world following his formalized training in his birthplace of Burgundy, France. He relies predominantly on old world winemaking techniques, but takes advantage of the complementary terroirs of our two vineyards to produce wines grounded in history but appealing to the updated palate.