For the moment, Rosemont Vineyards, just 15 minutes north of North Carolina's border, is miles from its nearest Virginia winery neighbor. This could cause them to either a) languish in an area not overflowing with wine tourism, or b) grab the opportunity to create wine tourism, and keep it all to themselves. Rosemont chose option b.
The 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 place was hopping during our visit. A bridal shower party was just leaving, the large tasting room was packed with visitors, and the sunny dining room was doing a brisk business for lunch (not currently offered on a regular basis). More private events were in progress upstairs, and groups of friends lounged on the outside patios, overlooking the acreage.
The Rose family was everywhere. Son David cooked our lunch, son (and winemaker) Justin manned the wine vat during the Syrah processing, and Justin's wife, Aubrey, was everywhere, checking on events, answering taster's questions, ringing sales.
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.
Rosemont is a favorite of visitors to nearby Lake Gaston, but even if it's off your beaten path, it's worth the trip.
Groups of 8 or more must make advance reservations. Kids and pets welcome; picnic space available.
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