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Keswick Vineyards

Keswick Vineyards Keswick Vineyards is located on the graceful and historic Edgewood Estate. Keswick's first vintage produced 38 medals and several prestigious awards at international competitions, including "Best in Class" in California and "Best White Wine in America" in Atlanta. This young 400-acre winery makes Viognier, Chardonnay, Rose, Bordeaux-style blends, and dessert wines that are consistent winners. The vintner’s philosophy is to "aim for quality, not quantity and to develop the best wines possible." TASTING & TOUR FEES: Keswick’s beautiful new tasting room is open seven days a week, 9:00am-5:00pm. The tasting room staff at Keswick rank among the most knowledgeable and gracious in Virginia. Tasting fees are $5.00 for a standard tasting and $8.00 for reserve level tastings. The beautiful etched glass is yours to keep. Call for information about tours, group rates, or hosting your next event. FOOD AVAILABILITY: Light fare, i.e. cheese, crackers, nuts, and sweets are available. Bring a picnic lunch and relax under the shade trees or sit back and enjoy the view from the porch.

Directions
Located 15 minutes from Charlottesville on Rt. 231 in Keswick. From points west follow I-64 to exit 124 (Shadwell). Turn right onto Rt. 250 East. After 2 miles, turn left onto Rt. 22 East and continue about 5 miles to Rt. 231 North. Follow Rt. 231 North for 2 more miles to winery entrance on right. From points east follow I-64 to exit 129 (Cismont). Turn right onto Black Cat Road, follow to stop sign. Turn right onto Rt. 22 East and continue to Rt. 231 North. Follow Rt. 231 North for 2 more miles to winery entrance on right.


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1575 Keswick Winery Drive, Keswick, VA, US, 22947 Email: info@keswickvineyards.com
Phone: 434-244-3341 Web: www.keswickvineyards.com
Fax: 434-244-9976
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Products



  Cabernet Franc
Ruby red with violet hues, this full-bodied red has aromas of red fruits with bacon and cedar undertones. Firm tannins balance raspberry fruit and oak flavor. May be laid down for up to 5 years, but can be enjoyed young as well. .
  Chambourcin
This special red wine was produced in a small quantity. After harvesting, the alcoholic fermentation was made in bins and aged for six to eight months in neutral barrels that give the wine more structure but minimal oak flavor. The nose is very fruity and fresh with blackcurrant, blueberry and blackberry notes. In mouth, the structure is very pleasant with an explosion of red fruits aromas.
  Heritage Estate Reserve
Matured for 18 months in new French Oak barrels, this full-bodied, highly-extracted wine exhibits aromas of cedar and black cherry with flavors of cassis with earthy notes. The tannins are firm and muscular, insuring this wine will age well over the next 8-10 years.
  Les Vents d’Anges
Made in the French style, this elegant Viognier is lean and earthy with traditional aromas of apricot and peach and a touch of oak. This medium weight wine pairs well with a variety of seafood and shellfish.
  Les Vents d'Anges Viognier
This off dry style Viognier was fermented in stainless steel and aged "sur lies" to provide a richer, creamier palate. An inviting floral nose leads the way to dried pineapple and tropical fruit flavors with peach and apricot undertones. A refreshing summer wine.
  Nektar
This late-harvest, dessert style white wine is made of 100% Viognier. Pressed while still frozen, these grapes yield a sweet and concentrated juice that becomes an ambrosia-like nectar after oak fermentation and aging for 20 months. Aromas of peach are complemented by tropical fruit and honey flavors and the rich and luscious texture is balanced by good acidity. Delightful on its own or paired with a cheese plate or a light berry dessert.
  Norton
Dark and inky with aromas of violets and black cherry, this 100% Norton has a fresh palate with good acidity, complemented by integrated tannins and flavors of raspberries, dark fruits, and coffee.
  NV Les Vents d'Anges Rives Red
Aged one year in oak, this red blend of Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Tannat and Touriga has an abundance of plum and raspberry on the nose and a touch of spice on the palate.
  Rosé
This dry Rosé is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Merlot, Syrah and Touriga. Fermenting in neutral barrels allowed the winemaker to bring maximum structure with minimal oak flavor to this refreshing blend. Predominantly stainless steel aging encouraged the fruit forward characteristics, such as raspberry and strawberry, to remain fresh and balanced with the acidity.
  Syrah
This wine exhibits a peppery nose with a hint of toast. With concentrated black cherry and raspberry flavors on the pallet and good firm tannins, this wine is reminiscent of the old world style. This is a soft and well-rounded wine with hints of spice and a very balanced finish.
  Touriga
To create this red wine, we took the best grape from the vineyard. Due to a small quantity of grapes, the alcoholic fermentation was made in big bins. We aged the wine for six months in news and old barrels. The nose is very fruity with red fruits notes, raspberry and strawberry. The mouthfeel is very nice with spicy aroma of pepper, cloves. Balanced tannins give a very good structure that will be appreciate for all meals.
  Trevillian
This unique blend of Touriga, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Norton was aged in French and American oak barrels for sixteen months. This well-balanced wine has soft, velvety red fruit and sufficient tannins and structure to age further.
  Verdejo
This noble white Spanish grape yields a dry wine with aromas of grapefruit, grass, lemon zest and green apples, while the palate offers green melon and granny smith apples with subtle hints of passion fruit, making this wine perfect for the warm summer months. A wine designed for early drinking, great on its own or with a variety of light dishes. May be laid down for up to one year but good right away.
  Viognier
This dry styled Viognier has aromas of peach and apricot with underlying floral tones. The palate is rich and weighty, with subtle oaky vanilla undertones from the barrel aging. This complex wine will mature over the next few years.

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kalmia says...
This is an example of wineries that could have a second comparison visit. During our 2008 visit to Keswick we were generally disappointed in their wines, but lately we have read reviews that were commendable. Vintage years make differences in the results of the same vineyard source, varietals or new blends. But in this case, the crowded bus tour winery ambiance and lack of distinctly different offerings will have us seeking out seventeen other selected Virginia vineyards on our next two week vacation return trip.