Stinson Vineyards: open Thu-Sun 11am-5pm or by appointment.
Stinson Vineyards is an evironmentally sustainable, family run boutique vineyard located at the scenic foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Nestled in “downtown” White Hall, the winding driveway boasts some of the area’s best views. A repurposed garage winery combines modern architecture and equipment with traditional winemaking techniques.
The historic Piedmont House at Stinson Vineyards was built in 1796, and expanded to the current size in the 1840s. Local rumor has it that General “Stonewall” Jackson stayed at the house during his Valley Campaign of 1862. The property now consists of 12 acres, of which the initial vineyard block will occupy 3. The house retains many of its original details and infrastructure as they work to restore it.
The first vines at Piedmont House were planted over 40 years ago by Gabriele Rausse. They primarily consisted of Cabernet Sauvignon, but fell into disrepair through multiple changes in owners. After tearing the disease-ridden vines out in 2009, they’ve returned the long neglected soil to a growable state.
3 acres are currently replanted with carefully selected clones of Sauvignon Blanc, Petit Manseng, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon. The new vines and rows are closely spaced in the French method using a Vertical Shoot Position (VSP) trellis system and cane prune. 2013 will be the first harvest year.
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