Expedition Blue Ridge
Expedition Blue Ridge embarks on April 14th, 2019 at 6:30 pm in Charlottesville, VA. Concluding April 17th, this invitation-only experience offers an intensive 3-day introduction to the soils, toil, and spoils of America's first wine region. Build your knowledge of the growing, making, and loving of Virginia wines with hands-on activities at each Commonwealth Collective partner winery.
We look forward to sharing our small slice of the Blue Ridge with you…
Sunday, April 14th
3:00 pm - 6:30 pm: Accommodations check-in -Wolftrap Farm, Orange, VA.
6:30 pm: Welcome reception & dinner - Wolftrap Farm
Monday, April 15th
9:30 am - 1:00 pm: Early Mountain Vineyards, Madison, VA
Viticulture seminar on vineyard planting followed by Cabernet Franc blind tasting comparisons and lunch overlooking the vines.
2:00 - 5:00 pm: Stinson Vineyards, Whitehall, VA
Tannat diversity deep dive followed by blending trials and blind tasting comparisons.
6:30 pm - Closing time: TBD restaurant, Charlottesville, VA
Refreshments, dinner, general merriment.
Tuesday, April 16th
9:30 am - 1:00 pm: Ankida Ridge Vineyards, Amherst, VA
Viticulture seminar on cane pruning, Pinot Noir comparison tasting of free run versus press fraction juice, followed by lunch on the mountain.
2:00 - 5:00 pm: Veritas Vineyard & Winery
Méthode Champenoise cellar seminar with disgorgement, Viognier blind tasting comparisons, exploration of vintage variability and ageability of Virginia wine.
5:00 - Closing time: The Farmhouse at Veritas
Refreshments, dinner, riveting conversation, closing remarks.
Wednesday, April 17th
8:00 am - 10:00 am: Coffee & pastries - Wolftrap Farm
11:00 am: Check-out & departure