The clean lines, soaring ceiling, and expansive windows at Pollak Vineyards' tasting room grab your attention immediately, so different is this modern building than the darker, more rustic look favored by many Virginia wineries. White walls and white leather couches dominate the sparkling room, which is staffed by sharp looking staff in blue polos and tan pants. This is a very professional operation.
Pollak began growing its vinifera grapes in 2003, and now tend 27 acres. The tasting room opened in 2008.
Your tasting fee buys a healthy number of pours, featuring Pollak's broad range of estate wines from European vinifera grapes. Pollak's Cab Franc has been called one of the best in the state.
Despite the impressive pours, the eye wanders back to the tall windows and the Blue Ridge rising sharply at the property's edge. The outdoor patio sits in the protection of the mountains, surrounded by thriving vineyards. It would be easy to sit there for a long afternoon, with one of Pollak's cheese plates, a fresh baguette and a bit of JAM according to Daniel (one pound of local fruit in every jar). Maybe a nice Rose' with that.
Groups larger than 6 require an advance reservation; no groups larger than 12. Leashed dogs welcome outside.
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