7/26/2015

Visiting Rt 211 wineries with friends

We recentl took a couple of friends we know through our church out to Virginia Wine country.  They had only visited the two Fairfax County wineries, Paradise Springs and the Winery at Bull Run before this trip. We wanted them to get out into the Virginia countryside for a more common Virginia wine experience.  We decided at first to take them to one of our favorite wineries, Gadino Cellars. Then I remembered a few days before our scheduled outing that Quievremont wasn't all that far from Gadino Cellars and makes some really good wines.  Since Quievremont is open only by appointment until they finish constructing a tasting room, I emailed John to see if we could schedule a visit. We had last visited about a year ago so we wanted to try the new vintages and see how things were going. So after a couple of email exchanges we agreed to meet around 1145 at Quievremont.


We were met by John at our appointed time outside of a silo renovated into a small house that now serves as a sometimes tasting room and is available for rent overnight.  There is a bedroom upstairs and a stream right outside.

John opened several of his reds, including some that aren't officially released yet, as well as a Rose and three vintages of Chardonnay. I especially liked the 2012 Meritage, Carol liked the unreleased 2014 Merlot, we both really enjoyed the 2012 Chardonnay and 2014 Rose.  We purchased all four. Our friends bought a few bottles too.  Before we left, John told us where to look on the property for their new tasting room site.  We saw the sight on a hillside near the entrance to Reality Farm.  We put our purchases in the ice chests and headed towards Gadino Cellars.

Quievremont 
67 Reality Farm Lane
Washington, 22747
Phone Number:
(540) 987-3192
E-mail: info@quievremont.com



We arrived at Gadino Cellars around 12:30 PM.  Stephanie came over to host our club member tasting, which included an imported red blend named Siciliani Rosso that was included in our quarterly shipment, along with a Vidal Blanc.  Our friends had never had wine made from the hybrid Traminette grape before and really enjoyed the blended white wine called Sunset, which is made with Traminette. We purchased a bottle to go along with our lunch.  It went quite well with an assortment of hard and soft cheeses, humus, and crackers. Our friends really liked Gadino Cellars, which was no surprise to us.

Gadino Cellars
92 Schoolhouse Road
Washington, Virginia 22747
Phone Number: 540-987-9292
E-mail: info@gadinocellars.com

We stopped at one other winery, a large one, on our way home, but these two were the stars. Both have RT 211, small size, and passion for excellence in common.  When you visit them, please mention you read about each winery at Wine About Virginia.

Cardamon Family Vineyards new tasting room

We had a cellar club pick-up at Breaux Vineyards to make.  Carol couldn't attend the Breaux Vineyards pick up party on Sunday because she had to work.  So, after a visit in Sterling, we headed out Route 7 towards Leesburg and then Route 9 to Harper's ferry road.

Once on Harper's Ferry Road,  Carol said we should swing by Cardamon Family Vineyards first to see their new tasting room. Our last visit was prior to the opening of their new tasting room.  So we bypassed Breaux Vineyards for the moment and continued along Harper's Ferry Road to Cardamon Family Vineyards.
Cardamon Vineyards new tasting room
 The new tasting room is really nice.  Plenty of outdoor seating on the large porch.
Chuck and Ana behind the counter of their tasting room
There is long tasting bar to sample Cardamon Family wines.
Flat screen TV and a display of Chuck's naval career and decorations
Chuck said we had to see the sink in the bathroom
Tasting Bar
Tastings are $5 per person or you can opt to have your tasting include the glass for $9 per person. We tasted 8 wines, many of which are named after members of the Cardamon extended family. This included a dry apple wine and a mead, 3 whites, a rose, and two red blends. 4 wines are paired with homemade salsas and crackers.  My favorite wine was the red blend named Peter Pie ($26) made from Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon and aged in oak 2+ years.

When you visit Cardamon Family Vineyards, mention you read about their place on Wine About Virginia.


Cardamon Family Vineyards
12226 Harpers Ferry Rd
Purcellville, 20132
Phone: 540-668-9018
E-mail: winemaker@cardamonfamilyvineyards.com