Middleburg AVA Approved by TTB in Loudoun, Fauquier Counties

Sep 14

Boxwood Winery in Middleburg, which has spearheaded the effort to establish a Middleburg AVA in Virginia’s northern piedmont, announced that TTB has officially approved the new appellation. The Middleburg AVA encompasses approximately 200 square miles in Loudoun and Fauquier Counties, and becomes the seventh TTB-recognized AVA in Virginia.

For some strange reason, U.S. wineries cannot legally label wines as “estate bottled” unless the vineyards are within an existing TTB-approved American Viticultural Area. Now, Boxwood and many other Northern Virginia wineries can so designate their wines if grown and bottled from their estate grapes.

An AVA is a grape-growing region that is defined by its geographic features which affect the type and style of the wine it produces.  Wineries in the area can identify themselves as being in the AVA if their wines are made from a minimum of 85% of grapes grown in the area.

The Middleburg, VA AVA is located 50 miles west of Washington, DC and encompasses the Town of Middleburg. The AVA is bounded by the Potomac River to the north and mountains to the east, south and west. The proposed viticultural area covers 121,600 acres and contains 229 acres of commercial vineyards and 14 wineries.

The Middleburg Virginia AVA currently includes 14 wineries and 10 vineyards:

Wineries                                                Vineyards

Barrel Oak Winery                                    2 Sisters Vineyard

Boxwood Estate Winery                            Calucci Vineyard

Chateau O’Brien at Northpoint                  Delaplane Vineyard

Corcoran Vineyards                                  North Gate Vineyard

Doukenie Winery                                      Seven Oaks Vineyard

Hiddencroft Vineyards                              Short Hill Vineyard

Louduon Valley Vineyards                         Spring Lot Vineyard

Naked Mountain Vineyard                         Sycamore Springs Vineyard

Piedmont Vineyards and Winery                Vinecroft Vineyard

Sunset Hills Vineyard                                Weatherlea Vineyard

Swedenburg Estate Winery

Three Fox Vineyards

Village Winery

Vintage Ridge Vineyard

The effort to establish the Middleburg Virginia AVA was spearheaded by Rachel Martin, Executive Vice President of the Boxwood Estate Winery in Middleburg, Virginia.  The process with the TTB and Treasury Department began shortly after Boxwood Estate Winery was established in 2006.

The other Virginia AVA’s are:  Eastern Shore AVA, Monticello AVA, North Fork of Roanoke AVA, George Washington Birthplace AVA, Rocky Knob AVA, and Shenandoah Valley AVA.

For more details on the AVA Rule visit:  http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-09-13/pdf/2012-22596.pdf


One comment

  1. I glanced over the description of this AVA and am having trouble finding what geographical characteristics make this area special or unique — climate, soil, etc. I thought there was a requirment to do so.

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