Heat, humidity, baseball, time at the pool, cookouts — summer has finally arrived in Virginia!
As the cold temperatures of winter yield to hot summer days, wine enthusiasts turn to rosés, crisp whites and light-bodied red wines for summer sipping. Barboursville Vineyards offers many great choices.
Barboursville Vineyards offer a diverse mix of refreshing, food-friendly and delicious wines to pair with the heat of summer. Established in 1976 by sixth-generation Italian wine scion Gianni Zonin, Barboursville Vineyards is situated on an 870-acre Antebellum property in the rolling hills of Orange County, about 20 miles northeast of Charlottesville.
In 1990, Luca Paschina came to Virginia from his native Alba, Italy, to take over vineyard management and winemaking at Barboursville. Because of the dedication and work of Paschina and his team, Barboursville is widely recognized as one of the most notable producers of fine wine in the eastern U.S.
With two tasting rooms, an inn, a fine dining restaurant, and historically-significant ruins on the property, visitors can experience the intersection of history, hospitality, and wine at Barboursville.
For a relaxed, seated tasting experience, the Library 1821 tasting room (open Friday through Monday) offers a curated selection of summer wine flights and older vintages paired with charcuterie and cheese plates.
History-minded visitors in search of a memorable wine experience can stay at one of the historic cottages or rooms at the 1804 Inn, explore the historic ruins of Governor James Barbour’s former home, which was designed by Thomas Jefferson, and enjoy locally-sourced dish prepared by Chef Spencer Crawford paired with Barboursville wines at Palladio restaurant.
Consider these four Barboursville wines for your next summer soirée:
Allegrante Rosé 2018
This rosé is named for a thoroughbred horse acquired by Senator Henry Clay in 1835 from Governor James Barbour. This rosé is a blend of Petit Syrah (82%) and Nebbiolo (18%) grown on the same site where Allegrante once roamed. Like Summer in a glass, this rosé is bursting with juicy raspberry, watermelon water, and notes of stone fruits. Perfect as an aperitif on the deck with friends or paired with a watermelon, mint and feta salad. Stock up on this for your summer house rosé.
Sauvignon Blanc Reserve 2018
A perennial favorite, this Sauvignon Blanc has everything you want in a summer sipper: expressive flavors, bright acidity, and a clean, refreshing finish. A wonderful balance of spritz lime, lemongrass, kiwi and tropical flavors. Pair with grilled shrimp or local oysters on the half shell.
Vermentino Reserve 2017
A grape native to the Sardinia and Corsica regions of Italy, Vermentino is thriving in the vineyards at Barboursville. Paschina was the first to plant the grape in Virginia a decade ago. The Barboursville 2017 Vermentino Reserve was one of the top 12 scoring wines at the 2019 Virginia Governor’s Cup competition, earning a spot in the prestigious Governor’s Case. Often used by other wineries to add aromatics and bright citrus flavors to white blends, Paschina has set the standard with this 100% Vermentino. Aromatic and refreshing with notes of white flowers, honey and stone fruits with a zingy citrus finish. Pair this with any seafood or grilled chicken.
Sangiovese Reserve 2016
A blend of 80% Sangiovese, 16% Cabernet Sauvignon and 4% Petit Verdot, this red wine is complex and structured with notes of violets, cherry, plum, and tobacco leaf with a lingering dark berry and earthy finish. A beautiful wine made better paired with burgers or steaks on the grill.
In August, Paschina will release the much-anticipated Cabernet Franc made from grapes grown in the Goodlow Mountain Vineyard, Barboursville’s premier vineyard site. Like previous vintages of Barboursville Cabernet Franc, this medium-bodied red will pair nicely with grilled meats, especially lamb chops.
For a taste of Virginia, add Barboursville wines to your summer menu. Or stop by Barboursville’s Palladio Restaurant as it celebrates its 20th year.