Cabernet Franc and Chardonnay is all they make at Cedar Creek, but it is among the best in Virginia. The great wine is combined with stunning views of the Allegheny Mountains.
Ron Schmidt purchased 77 acres on the side of the western slope of Little North Mountain. It is a stunning piece of land with unobstructed views of the Allegheny. Like many Shenandoah Valley properties, it is ideal for viticulture.
A friend convinced him that his property was ideal for viticulture. He planted five acres of Chardonnay and Cabernet Franc. Schmidt sold briefly to other producers and then began making his own wine. This was our good fortune.
Cedar Creek Winery is small by any measure. Only 500 cases are produced each year. Of course, it is some of the best Cabernet Franc and Chardonnay in the state. There are a handful of retail locations, but you really need to sample the wine at it’s source.
Schmidt is always there. He is proud of his operation and happy to give tours.
The winery is slightly off the grid and slightly difficult to find, but absolutely worth a visit. The wine and the view make this an ideal spot to while away an afternoon. Take a picnic and linger.