Barboursville's most well known wine is Octagon, a Bordeaux blend. We sampled about 20 different wines including white, red, blush, and dessert. I'm not a wine connoisseur at all; I simply buy something that I enjoy. My favorite was the Viognier Reserve 2010. It is smooth and is delicious paired with chicken or fish. One of the more interesting things we tried was the Malvaxia Reserve 2006 which is so sweet and thick, it reminds me more of an after dinner liqueur than a wine.
Here's a view of the vineyard and main building where the winery and Palladio restaurant are located.
Barboursville is the home to historic ruins of a mansion designed by Thomas Jefferson. Governor Barbour's mansion was destroyed by a fire on Christmas in 1884, but the ruins still show the incredible design of the residence. The central area of the home is shaped like an octagon. The ruins are a short walk or drive away from the winery.
Our next stop was Horton Cellars. At Horton, there were so many choices to taste, that it would have been difficult to try all of them. We stuck with the whites and were very impressed with the 2008 Petit Manseng and the Sparkling Viognier.
On the day of our visit, we had the opportunity to take a tour of the wine cellar. Our tour guide gave us a sample of some port wine straight out of the barrel. He said that the tool he used to pull out the wine is called a wine thief! Everyone enjoyed it so much that he gave us a second taste.
I learned a lot about the winemaking process and got some tasting tips. I wonder how many bottles are in each barrel. Elizabeth McKay's Elizabeth Dress in Chambray was a perfect choice for a day of touring, sightseeing, and wine tasting.
Wine Trail Maps are a huge help to navigate from place to place while you're in the Charlottesville area.
What is your favorite wine?