Months before Two Twisted Posts Winery planned to open to the public, owners Brad and Theresa Robertson submitted their 2012 Chardonnay to the rigorous judging of the Virginia Governor's Cup. It was a long shot; the Chard was only their second bottling.
Accountants by trade, the Robertsons had planted their first vines - just a hundred yards or so from their front door in Purcellville - in 2008. There was no tasting room yet; thirty oak barrels and giant fermentation tanks had co-opted the garage and were steadily encroaching on daughter Samantha's basement bedroom. But the winemakers knew they had something special in their 2012's, and winemaking consultant Tom Payette agreed.
A short time later, they got the news: not only was their oaky Chardonnay selected as one of the top 12 Virginia wines of 2014, it was also the only white wine to win a spot in the Governor's Cup Case. And almost overlooked in the excitement of the top-12 win were the silver medals won by all three of the Two Twisted Posts red wines entered. Owners Brad and Theresa Robertson have been in overdrive ever since.
Talk to them about their winery, and their joy shines through - along with their confidence in their decision to move from balance sheets to blending trials. Brad comes from a fruit-growing family, and he'll happily tell you that his favorite thing is being out in the vineyard.
Now tastings have moved from a temporary tent into a permanent new barn-style tasting room/storage facility. In good weather, guests can play bocce ball or croquet on the green, pass through the "wrought iron gate to nowhere," grab a spot in the gazebo, or practice on the putting green.
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