With clear and sunny skies this past weekend, I saddled up and paid a visit to Loudoun Wine Country. I was eager to visit one of the wine trails newest additions, Sunset Hills Vineyard. Owned by Diane and Mike Canney, Sunset Hills Vineyard is located in western Loudoun County and situated amidst tranquil and picturesque surroundings. This destination is definitely a must stop for those gallivanting about the Loudoun Wine Trail in search of good wines and beautiful views.
The newly built tasting room is gorgeous to say the least, and housed in a meticulously restored multi-level 1870’s circa, stone and oak barn – truly a fine mix of charm and rustic elegance. The tasting room is large and comfortable with a wrap-around mahogany tasting bar and offers a welcoming atmosphere. On warmer days, enjoy a bottle of wine and a cheese platter on the multi-level outdoor deck and bask in the glorious views of Hillsborough Gap, back-dropped by the Blueridge Mountains. For the cooler months, savor a glass of wine in the attractive and spacious tasting room. Tall 35-foot ceilings, restored hardwood floors, up-stairs and down-stairs seating, wi-fi, winery tours, and picture windows overlooking the vineyard, are just some of the niceties offered.
The winery’s inaugural offerings consist of a Viognier 2007, Chardonnay 2006, Reserve Chardonnay 2006, Petit Verdot 2006, and last but not least, a rich Cabernet Sauvignon 2006. The Viognier is nicely balanced and aromatic, while the Chardonnay will attract those preferring a lighter and fruitier example. The Reserve Chardonnay is a nice integration of fruit and buttery toast, and the Petit Verdot, one of my personal favorites, is fleshy and complex, and what I enjoyed while sitting outdoors on the deck with a cheese platter.
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Two other wines, not offered for tasting, but wines Virginia Wine Lovers should seek out, are the Cabernet Franc Reserve 2006 and the Chardonnay ice styled dessert wine. These two tasty wines are not tasted because they are limited production wines. They will likely be reserved for special events at the winery and for wine club members. Ask about these wines when you visit, as they might be for sale by bottle. Both wines have nice winemaker stories behind their production that makes them all the more special. The Cabernet will definitely win you over!
In closing friends, make a date with Sunset Hills and enjoy their wines, views, and southern hospitality. A great day to visit would be November 15th-16th when Sunset Hills Vineyard will host a huge grand opening celebration. Click here to find out more about the grand opening – it sounds like a great time. When you visit the kind folks at Sunset Hills Vineyard tell them you read about them on Dezel’s VA Vine Spot Blog.
Enjoy picturesque views of Loudoun Wine Country
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