One of Virginia’s oldest growers, Autumn Hill is capable of producing extremely complex reds with an ability to age for many years.
Serious wine drinkers should make an effort to explore this winery. Be advised, however, Autumn Hill is only open a few weekends per year.
“No sweet wines here” is the oft quoted Autumn Hill proclamation. In the foothills of the Blue Ridge, Ed and Avra Schwab have crafted European-influenced wines for 30 years.
Recent awards include a gold in the Virginia Governor’s Cup competition for their 2008 Petit Verdot/Merlot and a bronze for the 2007 Chardonnay Vintners Reserve.
A visit is recommended, but do plan ahead. Check the Autumn Hill website for exact dates they will be open. The owners are aging and there is no clear indication that the winery will continue without them. So plan your visit soon.
The wines include Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Chardonnay and Viognier.
Thanks to Nancy Bauer of Virginia Wine in My Pocket for writing the original draft.