Middleburg with its rolling hills and equestrian training centers offers more than five-star hotels, although we are partial to all three. With at least a dozen wineries in the surrounding county, each is one of the over 260 wineries and vineyards present around the state. Receiving domestic and international recognition, interest in Virginia wines has steadily grown over the years. In 2015, Virginia’s wine production was recorded as the fifth largest throughout the country, according to Statista. Among those contributing to the state’s productivity is Boxwood Estate Winery, known exclusively for its red wine blends.
We listened to Executive Vice President Rachel E. Martin speak about what makes the winery so special. Running the family business with her brother, the two are forging into new territories and have been since 2011. From its sweeping 21 acres of vineyards, Boxwood grows Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec, and Cabernet Franc. Taking their blending seriously, the winery practices French cloning with American roots, using a graph union method. The Bordeaux-style wine is now distributed in eight states and three countries, including France.
Nestled between the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian Mountains and Potomac River, the clay terroir contributes to the rich taste produced within Boxwood wines. Along with Josh Girard, winemaker/vineyard manager, Stéphane Derenoncourt, international wine consultant and Lucie Morton, an independent viticulturist; the team continues to turn out top-notch wines year after year.
Prefer white wine? Boxwood has planted new grape varietals such as Sauvignon gris grapes to make Sauvignon Blanc. The Bordeaux green-skinned grape fits right in with its red counterparts and is a white wine we don’t mind any time of year. We look forward to its release in the upcoming years.
Boxwood Estate Winery
2042 Burrland Ln
Middleburg, VA 20117
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