Virginia's southern-most winery, near the North Carolina border, Rosemont's plantation-style winery building looks completely at home on the 450-acre Rosemont Estate, home to the Rose family of farmers since the mid-1800s. The family has over the years grown vegetables, peaches, tobacco and corn, and raised cattle and dairy cows. The 22-acre vineyard was planted in 2003, and the winery building opened in 2007.
Son Justin is the winemaker, and daughter-in-law Aubrey handles sales and marketing. Other family members pitch in, too.
Located adjacent to the resort community of Lake Gaston, Rosemont is especially hopping in the summer with visitors that have become friends over the years. When we visited, a bridal shower party was just leaving and the large tasting room was packed with visitors. More private events were in progress upstairs, and groups of friends lounged on the outside patios, overlooking the vineyards.
Rosemont is the star among southern Virginia wineries, winning respect across the state for their elegant wines. All of the wines here are estate grown, from a wide variety of grapes including Traminette, Pinot Grigio, Syrah, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, plus Rosemont's signature wine, the Bordeaux-style blend Kilravock, and several sweet and dessert wines, including Tartan, a port-style wine that has been fortified with brandy and infused with blueberry wine created from the blueberries grown on the Rosemont Farm.
Tours of the production area and barrel room are complimentary and are offered on an as-needed basis, with no reservations required.
For groups of 8 or more, advance reservations are required, at $15 per person. The group receives a reserved table, private tasting of all current releases, a souvenir glass, private tour, and a dedicated staff member over a two hour period. Reservations must be made at least one week prior to your requested date and all tastings must be prepaid.
Kids and pets welcome; picnic space available.
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