Virginia Wine Country

There are 187 AVA’s (American Viticultural Areas) in the United States. Six are in Virginia. One of the most productive for quality wines is the Monticello AVA nestled between the Blue Ridge and the Southwest Mountains, home to 24 wineries which can be found along the Monticello Wine Trail. Barboursville Vineyards, founded in 1976 was a trailblazer in the wine industry and instrumental in putting Virginia on the map by producing quality wines and assisting other Virginia vineyards in their success. Today there are over 160 vineyards in Virginia ranking it fifth in the U.S. The Old Dominion’s terrior, (the special characteristics of the land that influence the character of the wine) is variable from region to region with the Monticello AVA offering some truly superior sites for specific varietals. There are some excellent resources for information on the Virginia wine industry. http://www.virginiawine.org is an excellent site for news and events for all the wineries in the state. For those contemplating starting a vineyard, Virginia Tech has an excellent color coded map highlighting those areas from fair to excellent. http://www.ext.vt.edu/pubs/viticulture . For the most up to date listings of farms or land in the Central Virginia Region suitable for vineyards, contact: charlottesvillecountry.com Cheers!

Join the party! We have several properties listed that are ideal for vineyards. Ridgeview Farm in Barboursville has ideal slopes and soils. Located in the heart of Virginia’s wine country and comprised of excellent soils, these 185 acres of rolling fields and forest are suitable for any agricultural pursuit.

Until very recently, Ridgeview Farm has been a productive cattle and hay farm along with professional horse facilities for the owner’s daughter. The farm is well watered with three good streams and two stocked ponds. There is an excellent site for a large lake within the property.

The mid 19th century farmhouse has been beautifully renovated by the current owners and now offers four bedrooms and three and one half baths in approximately 4200 finished square feet. Adjacent to the home is a charming guest cottage and pool.

Outbuildings include three attractive barns built for the owner’s classic car collection. One bay is a shop with a hydraulic lift. These buildings have clear open space inside and would be ideal for a small winery.

The horse facilities have not been fully utilized for a few years but are well suited for the serious hobbyist or professional equestrian. There are two center aisle horse barns with a total of twenty stalls and an extra long lighted indoor arena measuring 60’ by 220’. The front third of the property is fenced and cross fenced with three board horse fencing and the back of the property is in well maintained woven wire fencing. The farm and all improvements have been impeccably maintained.

Ridgeview Farm is located near Barboursville in Southern Orange County, a surprisingly quick 20 minutes from Charlottesville and less than two hours from Washington DC in light traffic. The property is made up of two tax map parcels and has long state road frontage. There are no added restrictions on the property making it an ideal candidate for a conservation easement or an unencumbered investment property. $1,999,500

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