Yummm, port. Cross Keys makes theirs from 100% Touriga Nacional (considered by many to be Portugal's best wine grape), and ages it for two years in French and American oak barrels. The winemakers say it has distinctive aromas of dark cherries and prune with a hint of sweet kumquat or orange peel on top.
Also interesting here is the international staff, with owners and staff coming from Iran, South Africa, France, and Virginia's own Rockingham County. And the rather massive size of this facility, with its arched doorways surrounding an open-air piazza. This is a big-operation, big-event kind of place.
CrossKeys has a kitchen that puts out foods prepared using produce from the winery's garden, or grown nearby. Soups, sandwiches, pizza and pasta are available for lunch.
Weddings and other private events welcome; covered outdoor dining areas; plenty of parking for buses and RVs.
CrossKeys grows 10 varietals on nearly 30 acres of vineyard, including Vidal Blanc, Chardonnay, Traminette, Viognier, Chambourcin, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Touriga Nacional.
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