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CrossKeys Vineyards
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Owner description: CrossKeys Vineyards is a beautiful 125 acre estate with 35 acres of vineyards. This small batch, family run winery currently produces around 8,000 cases of 12 different wines per year that are estate grown, produced, and bottled. With the first vines planted in 2001 and our first harvest in 2006, the winery opened its doors in May of 2008. In late 2012, the CrossKeys Bistro, our onsite restaurant, was established. In addition CrossKeys hosts many events, both public and private, and of course lots of weddings.
Clinton Township, Michigan
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“very nice”
Reviewed July 11, 2009

The gal was most informative told us all about each wine. The setting was beautiful, rolling hills , backdrop of the mountains. We bought a couple of bottles. I thought their prices were a bit high $17 to $30. I'm just a newbie to the winery stuff. It was a nice experience.

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Rancho Cucamonga, CA
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“Wow! What a surprise!!!”
Reviewed July 2, 2008

Okay, so we're self-confessed California wine snobs! We been to all the AVA's (growing regions) in CA and know what we like and what we do NOT like. We don't like CA wines any further south than Santa Barbara County or those from the Central Valley.

That being said so very snobbishly, we were amazed and enthused at the quality of wine from Cross Keys (in greater Harrisonburg, Virginia)! We didn't expect much at all...the bar (no pun intended) was VERY low going in.

All the wines were nice, especially considering the oldest vines are no more than 6 years old...very young by wine standards. We liked all the wines but LOVED the 'Joy' white table wine - a Viognier. Very drinkable now and a great summer wine! It should cellar well for a couple years too. The Meritage (red) was also very surprising...smooth with a great finish! Should cellar well for several years. We bought a whole case combined...a real compliment to the quality there. The wines are at very nice price points also...nothing over $30.

Not only were the wines outstanding, the staff and management are also outstanding. We took a tour of the brand new estate which includes not only a very nice tasting room (more on that later) but beautiful and luxurious banquet facilities of varying configurations and sizes. One could have a small gathering of 10-12 people or a large reception or party for up to 200! There at least three different rooms with varying capacities and views of the beautiful surrounding countryside. There is also a small reserve tasting room far from the regular tasting area.

The furnishings and decorations in the winery are beautiful without being overdone or gaudy. Very tasteful and just enough!

Also surprising was the cavernous cellars underneath the estate complete with around a dozen steel tanks both large and small, french oak barrels galore, a testing/mixing lab, and storage facilities. It rivals anything I've seen at medium sized wineries in California and perfectly clean.

The exterior of the estate is also beautiful in the Tuscan style. A HUGE courtyard with ample covered outdoor seating for enjoying a bottle on the spot with a picnic lunch with quiet and peace surrounding. The Shenandoah Valley reminds us of a larger version of Napa Valley.

The General Manager, Mr. Parson, told me that a full restaurant is planned to open in the near future. If the winery is any indication, the restaurant should be phenomenal.

This is a brand new winery and facility and the first in the Harrisonbur, VA area. The standard is set and may be unsurpassable.

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