Planted in 2007 to six experimental varieties:
Chardonnay, Riesling, Gruner Veltliner
Planted from 2008 - Present day:
Serves as our experimental block in addition to the field blend of Riesling / Petit Manseng
Planted in 2016:
Chardonnay, Riesling, Petit Manseng
Cabernet Franc, Blaufrankisch, Noiret
Our grandfather was part of the last generation to be raised on the farm. The three of us and our families are stewarding Mount Airy Farm for future generations.
Our vines are planted on limestone based soils that represent a diversity of ancient conditions, some 450 million years ago, when the Shenandoah Valley was a shallow sea.
The Shenandoah Valley is historically cooler and drier than the rest of Virginia, lending to fresh and fruit forward wines.
We acknowledge that the human race is affecting the environment on this planet, and that farming is a large part of our relationship with the Earth and its climate. Agriculture dates back thousands of years, but farming has only recently evolved beyond its humble origins. With lower soil fertility and less nutrition per plant, farmers now must race to regenerate their production systems. As growers at Mount Airy, we are pushing the envelope in eastern American viticulture, working to build strength in the life systems on our land.
A grapevine does not exist separate from the soil, is not detached from the air, and is not removed from the water that rises and falls over time.
We are progressive growers, but we know we have much to learn and plenty to improve. We believe that farming must evolve for the human experiment to remain viable. We work as stewards of the land and the climate here in the middle Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.