I must've passed the Hillsborough vineyards dozens of times coming & going along Route 9 until I finally made the visit if just to see the view from their higher ground and then sample the wines that this hillside vineyard produces . Suffice it to say that I've been returning ever since.
This was originally a hillside farm built in the 1820's. The Baki family bought it in 2002 , planted all of the choice vines where there were none before, made the original stone , post & beam main farm structure into the tasting room , and never looked back. I have since had the welcome experience of having my palette further educated on what Virginia soil & grape can do together when nurtured by someone who knows what they are doing thanks to one of the son's periodic barrel tasting lectures that are as delightfully gregarious as they are knowledgeable. He explains how the combinations of choices of different blends of grapes work with each year's weather, with choice of wood for casks , what grapes work best with which soil , and and all of the other finer points & influences that become the alchemy of the wine experience with son , Kerem , as alchemist in residence.
But this is all prelude & preparation for the experience of place as the Hillsborough Vineyards experience is as much about its uniquely wonderful location and the views of the Blue Ridge Mts to be shared over visitors' selections of the variations of flavors that Hillsborough vineyards offers as it is about the wine. Like the Eiffel Tower was designed to view Paris the Hillsborough Vineyards , and the wines it continues to ever-refine , appear to be designed to be all the better to take in this wonderful sense of place that I've often passionately referred to as the backyard I *wish* I had . Then again one does have it for the asking and make their own for the moment thanks to this family's creative efforts . It is there to be shared whenever one takes the time to simply take advantage of what is offered.
It's one of my favorite places to meet with friends if just to get away from everything for a while per chance to just to take in all of the Nature , including the wines , just waiting for enough of your attention to allow it to work its welcome alchemy on you. Weddings & other private gatherings must be made all the more special because of what it has to offer. Can't recommend this vineyard as a get-away enough.
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