Internationally recognized wine, an architecturally modern tasting room design and attention to detail in every aspect of the winery set Boxwood Estate Winery apart from other Virginia wineries.
A big white electric fence marks the entrance. The linear design of architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen plays out in rooms of stainless steel and glass. Every item is the best available and it is precisely placed. A laser guides the planting of the vines to perfect symmetry. The barrels in the wine cave are arranged in meticulous concentric circles. A gleaming, top-of-the-line bottling machine waits to demonstrate its 1,500 bottles-per-hour capacity.
The vineyards were meticulously and technologically planned. Weather-recording stations were installed two years before planting. A custom-designed GPS monitoring system records the annual care of the vines. An internal pumping system moves the wine through stainless steel pipes into French-oak barrels.
The winery produces a variety of wines, but Boxwood is known for its Bordeaux-style blends. Left bank blends of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Petit Verdot and right bank blends of Topiary, a “right bank” Bordeaux-style blend of Cabernet, Merlot, and Malbec; and a Rose. A second Rose has been added at this writing.
At Boxwood, nothing mars the perfection and nothing is left to chance. You are certain to be impressed by this winery stop. The winery does not aspire to compete with other producers who offer broad variety in their tasting programs. The limited tasting menu, however, sets the bar for other wineries.
Boxwood is definitely not a party winery. You will find no tour buses. Groups of ten or more, must make advance reservations via email to [email protected]
The tasting room is just one mile outside the very charming town of Middleburg. While in the area, you should plan a stop or at least drive through.
Thanks to Nancy Bauer of Virginia Wine in My Pocket for developing the original draft.