Northern Neck corn greets you as you turn into Vault Fields. It's a double-edged sword, that corn. If it's healthy and green, the farmers are fat and happy. If it's dry and brown, the wine growers do a little jig. Dry is good for grapevines (within reason) - it concentrates the grape juice and makes great wine possible in the coming year.
Jigs all around the last time we visited Vault Field. The corn was brown, and tasting room was doing a steady business, and plans to expand into a bigger space were shaping up. Growth abounds at Vault Fields.
Moving the tasting room into the house next door will provide more space for tastings, and more space for wine storage, since the current tasting bar is in a carved-out little nook in the barrel room. It's an extremely charming little nook, though, with white lights draped over the barrels--the overall effect is romantic and intimate.
The six wines we tasted were all really nice, and we walked out with four bottles, including a California style steel/oak Chardonnay and the winery's Bordeaux-style Reserve Red. You may also find Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Vidal, Petit Verdot, Syrah, Chardonel and Chambourcin.
Picnic table in the vineyard; winery available for private parties.
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