It’s been a while since I did a wine review…although that doesn’t mean I haven’t been sampling them! I got this wonderful red table wine in Virginia last weekend called, Route 33 by Horton Vineyards.
The Horton Vineyards has this to say about the Route 33 red wine:
“This wine is made from a smorgasbord of red grapes. Cabernet Franc, Malbec, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Cao, Mourvedre, Syrah, and Grenache. Highly aromatic dry red wine with aromas of cinnamon and spiced cherry. A perfect every day red at the right price.”
Horton Vineyards has quite a stunning property.
And the history as told on their website is very fascinating.
“Wine lover and entrepreneur Dennis Horton began his winemaking venture with a small home vineyard in Madison County, Virginia in 1983. It did not take him long to realize that, although the Virginia summers were warm enough to ripen almost any grape variety, the humid conditions favored growing grapes with thicker skins and loose clusters. There began the search for varieties that would flourish in Virginia’s climate and had the capacity to produce some of the finest wines of the world.
In 1988, Dennis and longtime business partner Joan Bieda acquired 55 acres for the beginning of Horton Vineyards. The task of establishing the vineyard was given to Dennis’ wife Sharon, a nurse by trade, whose meticulous nature was reflected in the manicuring of the East Coast’s most unique vineyard. Utilizing the “open lyre” training system, which promotes ideal ripening, and drip irrigation for ideal soil moisture conditions, the vineyard was established with quality in mind.
In 1991 the first small crop was harvested, and made into wine at Montdomaine Cellars, a noted Cabernet producer. With his wine aging in the cellars, it was a natural transition for Dennis to take over the management of Montdomaine Cellars, and produce Chardonnay and Cabernet under that label, in addition to his own line of Rhone Varieties. The 1992 wines were very well received in national competitions and construction was begun on a new underground winery. Stunning stone underground cellars, views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, and a wonderful vaulted ceiling tasting room are the highlights of this beautiful winery.
1993 saw the first crush at the new Horton Cellars and in 1994 additional acreage came into production with plantings of Bordeaux, Portuguese and Spanish varietals as well as additional varietals of the Rhone Valley. The national success of these wines has demonstrated that if the right grapes are planted for the climate of Virginia the results can be stunning. In the future, Horton Vineyards will continue to explore new varietals to discover the best that Virginia viticulture can produce.”
And we wish them the best of luck!