Dezel recently hopped back on the Virginia wine trail and paid a visit to what might be considered one of Stafford’s best kept secrets. Needless to say, this beautiful new winery that recently opened doors for tasting in July of 2007 will not be a secret for too long. Owned by Cindi and Skip Causey, Potomac Point Vineyard and Winery is located in an area of North Stafford known as Widewater. Once you spot the Potomac Point Vineyard sign from the road and take a short drive up the gravely hill, you will be whisked away from a well traveled residential area, to the Causey’s eye-catching 13 acre secluded property that is truly tranquil and picturesque.
The newly built tasting facility has an old world, Mediterranean sort of feel with all the bells, whistles and amenities. The tasting room is expansive, boasting tall ceilings, large windows with courtyard views, a fully stocked gift shop with a myriad of wine related gift items, and a lovely wrap around tasting bar with ample room for hosting small to large crowds. For you olive oil lovers, Potomac Point has an olive oil bar with an assortment of fresh oils for sample and purchase. In the near future, look for the winery to feature a full service kitchen with lite and gourmet fare, as well as an in-house catering service for special events. Adjacent to the tasting room is the D’vine room, a stylish and relaxing spot to enjoy a glass or bottle of your favorite Potomac Point wine. The dimly lit D’vine room offers large sunken leather couches, a warming fireplace, a serving bar, signature stained glass windows, wine (geek) literature, and fun-filled board games like Wineopoly!!!
For such a young winery, introductory offerings include a full spectrum of tasty red and white wine selections. – Something for every palate preference. Currently, the winery uses fruit from leased Virginia vineyards in namely the Orange, Virginia appellation to produce their wines. Estate bottled wines will be produced from their 5 acre vineyard once the vines mature. The blossoming winery already has plans for an increase in vine plantings in the near future.
Olive Oil Bar
All the wines tasted were very drinkable and palate pleasing. A number of the wines were smooth dry red varietal and blended wines that are perfect for pairing with a number of food selections. Their Norton 2006 represents the native grape variety well – slightly acidic, deeply colored, and bright berry and tart cherry flavors. Their Norton Reserve is a more developed, tone downed wine that is blended with a splash of Cabernet Franc, which rounds and balances the wine out nicely. The Reserve Norton is packaged in a collectable stoneware commemorative bottle with the beautiful Pocahontas on the label; be sure to ask about the history behind the label and the land the winery is built on when you visit. The Le Belle Vie, a fun-spirited, refreshing and fruity white wine blend of Pinot Grigio, Viognier, Chardonnay and Marsanne. The winery also produces solid offerings in a Chardonnay, Viognier Reserve, Cabernet Franc, and a silky smooth Heritage red wine blend. For those with a sweet tooth, the Rabelos Port and Late Harvest Vidal Blanc are sure to do the trick. Future selections to be on the look out for in the near future are two Sparkling wines, a Vintage Port, a dessert style Petit Manseng (yummy), Chardonnay Reserve and a Petit Verdot. Didn’t I tell you, something for every palate preference?
At Potomac Point there are a number of places from ‘social’ to ‘secluded’ to converse with friends, enjoy fine nibbles, and of course, your favorite glass of wine. For autumns cooler temperatures find a spot in the aforementioned D’vine room with the toasty fireplace and comfortable sofas. On nicer days head for the stone floored courtyard where the serene sounds of nature and the dribbling fountain are sure to heighten the moment. There is also a balcony area upstairs with ample seating that overlooks the courtyard, and a veranda off of the Richland Ballroom that provides great views of the young vines. Sounds like a great way to enjoy the day right? I knew you would think so!
Outdoor veranda with view of young vines
Lastly, be sure to bookmark Potomac Point Vineyard and Winery homepage, as they host a number of fun-filled events that you will want to check out. In particular, check the site for their gourmet buffet and live music event that is held every Friday – for $10, I hear it is a great deal and the perfect way to end the work week. When you visit Potomac Point Vineyard and Winery, friends, please let them know you read about them here on Virginia Vine Spot.
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