Located in Virginia, Barboursville Vineyards was established in 1976 by Gianni Zonin, a 7th generation winegrower from Gambellara, Italy whose family wine enterprise, Casa Vinicola Zonin, has been making wine since 1821. Barboursville Vineyards was one of the first wineries in the state and was also the first to grow vitis vinifera in Virginia.
The property is the core of an extensive 18th Century Virginia plantation, now consisting of some 900 acres, of which 162 are in vine. Winemaker-General Manager Luca Paschina, holder of a degree in oenology from Instituto Umberto in Alba and now in his 21st year at Barboursville, oversees day-to-day vineyard operations with viticulturist Fernando Franco, who has been at Barboursville for 13 years. Paschina produces small-lot, handmade wines in the Italian tradition – in other words, food-friendly wines, with moderate tannins and solid aging potential. The estate consists of 900 acres, of which 162 are planted to vine on red clay.
They grow French and Italian varietals. In short vintages, estate fruit is supplemented with purchased fruit from three growers in Lynchburg, Shenandoah Valley and Orange County, Virginia.
Named after Barboursville Mansion, the manor was designed by Thomas Jefferson and was home to Virginia's Governor Barbour until it was destroyed by fire in the winter of 1885.
Region: Virginia, United States
Year Founded: 1976
Proprietors: Casa Vinicola Zonin, Italy and Dr. Gianni Zonin
Winemaker: Luca Paschina since 1990
Size of property: 900 acres
Amount of Property Planted: 160 acres
Terroir: Red clay generated from deterioration of volcanic soil from the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Annual Production: 32,000 cases
Varieties Cultivated: Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Moscato, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Nebbiolo, Barbera, Sangiovese, Vidal, Vermentino, Viognier.
Cellar Door: Open Monday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm and Sundays 11am - 5pm
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