Carlotta Puckett could not have been more welcoming. You'd think after hosting a group of 70 or so heritage-seeking visitors the day before -- in a winery that could fit maybe five very thin women in the tasting area -- that she would be a little tuckered out. But no, she was warm and laid back and ready with some great stories about the 30 years of winemaking she and her husband, John, have shared.

Rogers Ford is off the beaten track a bit, outside the tiny town of Sumerduck, east of Culpeper, and Rick and I had Carlotta to ourselves. We admired the massive, 200 year old maple tree shading the small front deck of the little white house that served as the tasting room. Even older than that tree was the gorgeous mid-1600s slab of wood serving as the tasting bar -- part of an ancient, fallen tree from Hickory Hill, former home of Robert and Ethel Kennedy in McLean, VA.

The Pucketts started their Virginia winemaking with the now-defunct Dominion Winery in 1985, opening Rogers Ford in 2001. They specialize in classic dry and semi-sweet wines, and their decades of wine-love show. We picked up a bottle of the delicious Jacob Christoper Chardonnay (with its unusual and attractive flavor of cinnamon) and a bottle of the green apple-scented Vidal Blanc.

Child and pet friendly, group tours, picnic areas, private parties welcome.

Wines include Petit Verdot, Cabernet, Rose, Seyval, Vidal Blanc, Chardonnay, and Petit Manseng Sweet Reserve.


  • Small & Intimate
  • Pet Friendly
  • Kid Friendly
  • Groups Welcome (check website)
  • Private Events
  • Picnics welcome (check for rules)
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