Middleburg AVA Approved by TTB in Loudoun, Fauquier Counties
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:
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
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/