After months, many months, of much work and waiting, Virginia’s newest American Viticulture Area – the Middleburg AVA — has been approved. A big congratulations to all involved in making the Middleburg AVA a reality, especially to Rachel Martin, Booxwood Winery, EVP. Rachel has tirelessly championed this new AVA from the beginning.
Attached below is the press release (in entirety) from Rachel Martin, Boxwood Winery.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ALL MEDIA OUTLETS Contact: Rachel Martin
Telephone: 540-687-8778 x1
MIDDLEBURG VIRGINIA AVA APPROVED
Middleburg Virginia AVA is the newest American Viticulture Area (AVA) designated by the U.S. Treasury Department today in the Federal Registry.
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. Wines can be designated as “Estate Bottled” if the grapes are grown on the winery’s estate. There are currently 198 AVAs in the United States and now there are seven in Virginia.
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 approximately 190-square miles (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
- Boxwood Estate Winery
- Chateau O’Brien at Northpoint
- Corcoran Vineyards
- Doukenie Winery
- Hiddencroft Vineyards
- Louduon Valley Vineyards
- Naked Mountain Vineyard
- Piedmont Vineyards and Winery
- Sunset Hills Vineyard
- Swedenburg Estate Winery
- Three Fox Vineyards
- Village Winery
- Vintage Ridge Vineyard
- 2 Sisters Vineyard
- Calucci Vineyard
- Delaplane Vineyard
- North Gate Vineyard
- Seven Oaks Vineyard
- Short Hill Vineyard
- Spring Lot Vineyard
- Sycamore Springs Vineyard
- Vinecroft Vineyard
- Weatherlea 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 process includes compiling distinguishing information on geography, geology, soil, climate, and the history of the area. All information is rigorously analyzed by the Government Agencies and the public is notified at different stages of the application.
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.