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MountainRose Vineyards

MountainRose Vineyards MountainRose Vineyards, Inc. is a “dream come true” for David Lawson, part owner and winemaker of the family owned winery and vineyard located in the heart of the coal mining region of the Appalachian Mountains. David dreamed of being an entrepreneur while in high school and had a number of farm related small businesses from making molasses from sorghum cane to selling produce at the local farmer’s market. He rooted 100 grape vines from an over 80 years old family concord grape vine and planted his first commercial acre before graduating from high school in 1997. While in college, his parents helped him plant more vines with the understanding that he would stay in school, majoring in engineering. David had an opportunity to work one semester while at Virginia Tech with a large Virginia winery and vineyard in the fall of 2001. David fell in love with grapes and wine and was determined to have his own vineyard. There was only one problem, David’s only land was in the mountains of Southwest Virginia and no one had ever had a vineyard in Wise County. However, Wise County had been a major producer of apples and grapes will often grow where apples grow. David read and studied everything about grapes and talked to the old timers’ in the apple business. He determined that certain varieties would not only grow here but because of the low humidity and cooler temperatures, might even have better flavor than other parts of Virginia and California. The climate is closer to New York State, so David visited the Finger Lakes area in the summer of 2002 and began studying the viticultural research from Cornell University. By the growing season of 2003, David had become very involved with the Far Southwest Virginia Vineyard Association and currently serves as president. He was instrumental in obtaining a marketing grant for the Association and visited most of the local growers. He was growing 6 varieties of grapes and selling some of the grapes locally and to the nearby winery in Abingdon. He was also encouraging others to become interested in growing grapes. In 2004, David convinced his parents, Ron and Suzanne Lawson to become partners in building the first winery in Wise County. The winery was barely completed in time to crush the first harvest in October. David and his wife Brandi had purchased a small producing vineyard in Russell County and the combined harvest was around 10 tons of grapes. Excitement was high and the beautiful autumn weather lingered so that the grapes harvested were excellent, high in sugar and low in acidity. The first wines promise to be excellent. But we want visitors to have a wine experience as good as the wine and leave with more than a bottle of wine. When visitors leave our winery, we want to have conveyed the image of a friendly family working together to create a wine tasting experience that lingers as a pleasant memory, calling one back again and again!

From US23 at the MacDonald’s exit, take Business 23 to Wise. Make a right turn at the first light onto Main Street and a right turn at the third light onto Darden Drive or follow the UVA @Wise signs. When you pass UVA, College at Wise, Darden Drive becomes Coeburn Mountain Rd (SR 646). Stay on SR 646 for just over 4 miles and turn left onto Pole Bridge Rd. (Hard Rock Contractors is on the left when you turn.) Drive on Pole Bridge Rd for 2 miles, turning left onto North Reservoir Rd and continuing for .4 mile. Turn right at pond and follow drive to the yellow and green building that is MountainRose Vineyards

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10439 N Reservoir Road, Wise, VA, US, 24293 Email:
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  Autumn Gold Vidal Blanc
A "late harvest style" wine with a beautiful, rich straw color. The apricot/honey aroma is accented by a lychee taste. This wine is smooth with lingering hints of honey and a balanced acidity.
  Banner White
A panoply of true ripe peach, pineapple and banana exude from the elegant aroma delivered in this wine. The palate follows the same fruit characters leaving a mouthwatering finish just tempting you to take your next sip. Elegant, clean, tropical and gulpable!
  Darby Blush
Luscious grape aromas are followed by strawberry flavors in this crisp, semi-dry blush made from the red grape Chambourcin. The clean green apple candy finish makes this a perfect wine for sipping or with a variety of foods.
  Dorchester Red
Elegant spectrums of fruit and slight oak echo forever in this seductive wine. Combined with a nuance of nut in the velvet finish this wine has intensity and concentration making this wine gorgeous! The balance is perfect to enjoy this with a wide range of foods and cheeses.
  Imboden White
Hints of fresh apple, vanilla and almond flavors are followed by a buttery mouth feel. This wine was "sur lee" aged with French oak for months to develop its unique taste. The acidity is balanced and the finish is so smooth for a dry white wine. Yum!
  Jawbone Red
A fun name for a fun wine developed as a one of a kind blend. This wine packs cherry fruit up front with a slight nuance of mint and spice. The palate confirms gangbuster cherry and the mid palate all the way to the finish has a great thick viscosity. Sleek and sumptuous!
  Pardee Red
Delicious red sipping wine that has nice cherry and hints of grape flavors. The wine is smooth from beginning to end with great body and mouth feel. This wine is perfect with sweet foods like barbecues and pastas. Party with Pardee Red!
  Splashdam White
Bursting citrus rind, rose pedal and a slight vanilla extract ooze from this masterful blend that smells sweet and taste dry. Following this powerful fruit is a slight cashew and almond nut finish. This wine is broad on the palate with a viscosity approaching near honey. Ravishing fruit is followed by a broad palate.
  Sweet Mountain Rose White
“Niagara lite with nectarine and rose water”! Finesse, foxy and youthful is the theme to this well crafted wine. The aroma is alluring and the palate confirms the aroma that indeed – “this is a very nice wine”. Easy drinking semi-sweet wine held in check with a zippy acidity. Balanced.


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