Cardinal Point's winemaker, Tim Gorman, was featured in the 2010 documentary about Virginia wine, "Vintage: The Winemaker's Year
." One of his very memorable quotes shared the challenge of growing wine in Virginia.
"It can be really, really hot, and when it's not hot it can be torrential rain. You're fighting disease from mildew. You're battling deer. You're battling insects. The price of diesel's gone through the roof. I mean, it's probably as big a headache as you can sign up for."
And yet, Cardinal Point keeps dodging the bullet(s) and making really good wine.
The intimate tasting room extends out onto a covered deck, surrounded by elaborate plantings of ferns and daisies, lamb's ear and roses, lavender and more. A pergola-covered patio welcomes guests on fair-weather days.
Just up the hill, the Cardinal Point Farmhouse
is available for rent or private events. The five bedroom, three bath house dates to the 19th century. From the private swimming pool, guests have impressive and unimpeded views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. A screened porch or hammock are favorite spots to kick back with a book.
Private parties and weddings welcome; pets and kids okay; group tours available; parking for buses/RVs; snacks for purchase.
Wines include Chardonnay (including a Hopped Chardonnay, which incorporates, yes, hops), Green (a Vinho Verde-style wine), dry Rose, Quattro (a Rielsing, Gewurtztraminer, Traminette, Viognier blend) and reds such as Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, and various red blends, including the much-awarded Union.
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