We started off driving into the rain, heading south toward Charlottesville. Our first stop was Reynard Florence Vineyard in Barboursville VA. They advertise being open by appointment and by chance. We had made arrangements to visit, and were in fact met at the car by Roe Allison, carrying umbrellas. He walked us down a hill to the tasting room (be forewarned – there are no public restrooms at this point.) We did stop by a couple vines, where Roe offered up tastes of the Petit Manseng and Grenache grapes still hanging. Roe and Dee planted their first fines in 2006, and have added more each year. They are working with Chris Hill, and making their wine at Virginia Wine Works. They produced 530 cases last year, hope to eventually get to about 1500.
2010 Reynard Blanc –$18 - a blend of Traminette, Riesling, Petit Manseng and Viognier. 2.5 percent residual sugar. You get an explosion of flavors when you taste this.
2010 Petit Manseng $24 - Estate grown 5.0 percent residual sugar. One of the best Petit Mansengs we have tasted.
2010 Cabernet Franc $22 - A very nice wine.
Reynard Rouge - $18 Cabernet Sauvingnon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc An easy drinking red.Also for sale, but not tasting: 2009 Petit Manseng, $24, 2009 Grenache - $30
So, if you are planning a visit to the Barboursville/Burnley area we recommend giving Reynard Florence a call to make an appointment or to see if you can swing by to try their wines. You won't be disappointed.
Reynard Florence Vineyard
16109 Burnley Road
Barboursville, VA 22973