A visit to King Family Vineyards

Hello Friends,

Our next stop on the Monticello Wine Trail was to King Family Vineyards. King Family Vineyards is located just west of Charlottesville in Crozet, Virginia, and offers an enchanting setting to enjoy good wines and spectacular views. Trust me!

King Family Vineyards

King Family Vineyards is a small family-run operation, owned by Ellen and David King. Winemaker, Mathieu Finot, who is from the Rhone Valley, made wine in France, Italy, and South Africa, before embarking to Virginia to practice his art and craft. I had heard great things about Mathieu’s wines, so was eager to taste them. The wines produced are made from 100% estate grown fruit, produced and bottled on property. Although we missed Mathieu this time, I look forward to tasting with him upon my return this spring.

King Family Vineyards Barrel Room

We were greeted by David King and led to the barrel room for our tasting. It was an unusually sunny and warm winter day, and we couldn’t stand at the tasting bar if we had wanted to. King Family Vineyards is a popular destination for Virginia wine lovers, who were out in full effect enjoying the rural and beautiful countryside. David started us off with a nice dry Blanc de Blanc sparkling wine that made my mouth water for sautéed scallops. We moved onto an aromatic and lush Viognier, then a fruity Roseland white wine blend consisting of 55% Viognier and 45% Chardonnay, and a tasty Chardonnay that displayed nice integration of oak and fruit.

Tasting in the Barrel Room with David King

Moving on to the reds, we started off with Cabernet Franc, a popular French variety generally used as a minor bending grape that has adapted well to Virginia’s soil and climate type. The Cabernet Franc wine offered red fruit flavors, spice, and a light dusting of black pepper, and is sipping nicely right now. We moved to a firmer structured Merlot and a refined and elegant Meritage blend consisting of 60% Merlot, 20% Cabernet Franc and 20% Petit Verdot. This wine highlights the best of each varietal used in the blend, which is heightened by extended French oak aging. This is a delicious wine with structure, complexity, and zest that you can either enjoy now or hold on to for a few years. Last but not least, was a Late Harvest Viognier, which is an ice-styled wine that offers good stone fruit and soft honey flavors with pinches of cooking spice tossed in at the finish. Enjoy this sweet sensation after dinner, or quite frankly, anytime you like!

Virginia Wine Lovers enjoying a Sunny and Warm 'Winter' Day

In closing, be sure to make a date, or two, with King Family Vineyards this spring and summer. My pictures do this symphony of nature little justice. When the seasonal warmth arrives and things turn green again, this place is simply stunning. King Family Vineyard is the perfect place to pack a picnic basket and take in the spectacular views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, green rolling hills, horse farms, and surrounding area. Be sure to check the events page too, I hear they host great polo matches and other fun-filled outdoor events. I warn you, don’t be the Virginia wine lover who misses a visit to Kings Family Vineyard this spring and summer. When you visit, tell the kind folks that you heard about them on Dezel’s http://www.myvinespot.com/ wine blog.

Winery Info: King Family Vineyards, 6550 Roseland FarmCrozet, Virginia 22932

Stay tuned friends ...Look for short summaries on other visits from our fun-filled weekend on the Monticello Wine Trail. Also, be sure to see what Todd of Wine Compass has to say about the Monticello Wine Trail - CLICK HERE. To see my last visit to King Family Vineyards CLICK HERE.

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