The little grape that could

Since it’s debut vintage in 2006, our Verdejo has turned out to be one of our most popular wines.  Initially planted as a blender, little did we know this Spanish varietal would flourish here in Virginia as a stand-alone varietal.  In 2006 we had a severe Easter weekend frost that decimated the majority of our Viognier and all of our Chardonnay buds, leaving Verdejo to pull the weight of the 2006 white wine program at Keswick Vineyards.  And boy did it!

Our Verdejo quickly became a favorite of our staff, our guests, our wine club members, and our family (in fact, Stephen even served it at his own wedding in 2009, going through over 11 cases of it!).  It’s vibrant acidity and fresh clean flavors of green apples and gooseberries make it the perfect choice for summertime sipping out on the patio.

Megan J. Headley of C-Ville: The Working Pour recently wrote a great article on the history and styles of Verdejo, with a mention of ours at the end.  Read the full article here A Spanish white, Verdejo captures the summer sun, I’m sure you will enjoy it!

If that article gets you thirsting for a relaxing day sitting outside with a bottle of Verdejo- you’re in luck!  We are currently pouring the 2011 Verdejo in our tasting room and we have added a number of new shaded tables outside, as well as outdoor pouring stations, to make your visit as pleasurable as possible.

So grab your friends, a picnic basket and some lawn games and enjoy the summer with us!  Don’t forget to bring your dog too, or if you’re looking for a dog we have Yappy Hours every Sunday where local animal rescue groups bring dogs available for adoption.  If you need more reasons to sip some wine outside while enjoying views of the vineyards and mountains, a portion of the purchase price of every open bottle of wine sold during Yappy Hours will be donated to the visiting rescue group!

See you soon!

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