Inside, in addition to the wines, you'll find local cheeses, meats, & other Virginia products from some of the great farmers and creameries in Virginia-- an admirable collection worthy of any locavore's attention. Doors on one wall were thrust open and revealed the home vineyards just a few steps away. Gabriele Rausse, planted the first vines here decades ago; and though they've since been replanted, it's as if the property was destined for vineyards all along. The place exudes a sense of history-- the historic Piedmont House next to the winery dates back to 1796, and played an integral role in the Civil War.
Then as if on cue, the flash-rain subsided, the sun came out, the fog of past centuries burned away, and the chickens left us alone.
Rachel and her father, Scott, are the heart and soul behind Stinson Vineyards in Virginia.
As the Stinson's planted vines, they came across many treasures hidden in the earth-- some old, some new, some man-made, and some from nature. Rachel displays these in the tasting room, and it's a constant reminder that the ground will always yield up surprises....
The winery building-- a garage-turned-winery-- makes Stinson Vineyards a garagiste in the truest sense of the word! But this is no ordinary garage. Inside, Scott has set things up to run smoothly. Familiar with contracting and construction, he organized a series of planned additions to grow the winery in stages. Located just off the tasting room, the fermenting room was the primary concern, and houses several stainless steel fermenters.
Rachel makes two different dessert wines. This 2012 late harvest petit manseng is a floral & sweet white with honey and white peach aromatics, and a nice acid backbone balancing out the sugar.
Of course, this would pair wonderfully with foods that would normally be paired with ports. But if those chickens continue to pester Rachel in the tasting room, the Imperialis could also wash down some charred BBQ wings...