There have been nearly as many media articles about RdV Vineyards wine as there have been bottles produced. The luxury-brand winery with the intriguing owner/winemaker has been covered by everyone from the Washington Post
(including wine writer Dave McIntyre and
political writer Dana Milbank) to the Washingtonian
(Todd Kliman and Carol Joynt
) to Jancis Robinson's column in the Financial Times
(where, incidentally, she calls Virginia wines "thrillingly good").
Most Virginia wineries never get a mention in one of these, ever
, not to mention all of them, regularly.
Rutger de Vink has done so many interviews it's a wonder the owner/winegrower/winemaker has time for wine. Yet all of the articles stress his fanatical focus on all aspects of the winemaking process, and we can attest to it, too, having spent some time at the winery with de Vink when RdV was newly opened.
The results are in the wine, acclaimed by virtually everyone, even at the steep price point--for Virginia--of $95ish for the Lost Mountain and $75ish for the “second tier" wine, Rendezvous.
The results are also in the winery itself, which is now open to the public for 90-minute tours and tastings (by reservation, $50/person) Thursdays through Sundays.
The winery building manages to be both minimal and opulent simultaneously, with its distinctive silo echoing the rural countryside as its centerpiece, and a modern glass, stone and wood interior out of Architectural Digest.
Beyond the main areas' hearth room and public spaces, the wine caves and barrel room continue the "just so" perfection of RdV. While Rutger de Vink himself is famous for showing up in his vineyard-working duds, none of the mud or disarray finds of the working farm finds its way inside.
The fermentation room and its stainless steel tanks plays host to dinners for 45, while the intimate wine cave is the preferred space for a smaller huddle of 20 or so. Larger parties of up to 200 can use tented space outside.
Weekend visits to the winery can include a tasting of current releases (keeping in mind that at this writing RdV is producing only two wines for purchase), or a behind the scenes tour of the vineyards and winery following by tastings in the wine cave.
The winery is handicap accessible. There is a gravel drive, off of which a slightly inclined walkway can be used to access a side door of the tasting room. Inquire about accessibility for events or winery tours.
No picnics, dogs or anyone under 21 years old.
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