Chiswell Wine

We are proud to offer a selection of our own wines that showcase our commitment to quality and our love of the land.

Wine Menu

2020 Chiswell Chardonnay

This medium-bodied chardonnay features partial malolactic fermentation in order to gain some depth and richness, while still keeping the vibrant, savory flavors of chardonnay grapes. The wine opens with a rich depth of flavor and carries into a vibrant, crisp finish.

  • Aging: 2/3 barrel fermented in neutral French oak, 1/3 tank-fermented
  • Pairings: Seafood, light fare
  • ABV: 12.3%
  • Sweetness: Dry

2020 Chiswell Petit Manseng

Opening with tropical notes of citrus and pineapple, this white wine features a grounded finish with notes of minerality. This medium-body vintage continues to get smoother over time.

  • Flavors: Pineapple, citrus, sourdough
  • Pairings: Grilled seafood, veggies, poultry
  • ABV: 13%
  • Sweetness: Off-Dry

2020 Chiswell Rosé

Our lively and refreshing cabernet sauvignon-based rosé was produced using limited skin contact so that no tannins and only a delicate color were extracted from the grapes. Bright notes of white peach, grapefruit, and strawberry are carried through the finish by crisp acidity. 

  • Blend: 84% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Merlot
  • Flavors: White peach, grapefruit, strawberry, hint of fresh-cut hay 
  • Pairings: Salads, poultry, fresh chevre
  • ABV: 12.3%
  • Sweetness: Off-Dry

2020 Chiswell Cabernet Sauvignon

This full-bodied yet very drinkable red features blended aromas of blackberry, plum, and vanilla. The addition of Merlot and Tannat grapes gives body and structure, and keeps this Cabernet from becoming too heavy.

  • Flavors: Vanilla, plum, blackberry
  • Pairings: Short ribs, portabello mushrooms, and gouda cheese
  • ABV: 12.5%
  • Sweetness: Dry

Chiswell Sparkling Chardonnay

Any event becomes a celebration with this blanc de blanc style sparkling white. Forced carbonation inspires strong acidity and dryness, while the wine’s chardonnay grapes introduce flavor notes of pear, lemon, and apple.

  • Flavors: Pear, lemon zest, apple
  • Pairings: Oysters, crab cakes, and cream cheese
  • ABV: 12.9%
  • Sweetness: Dry

2019 Virgmont Petit Manseng

Refreshingly sweet, this full-bodied white wine balances palate-cleansing freshness with rich natural sweetness. Pronounced aromas and flavors of tropical fruits, caramel apples, and white flowers.  

  • Aging: Stainless steel fermentation
  • Flavors: Pineapple, mango, caramel apple, acacia flower
  • Pairings: Buttery halibut, apricot and pear, any dessert
  • ABV: 13%
  • Sweetness: Sweet

What’s coming next year?

We’re thrilled that our 2021 vintages will include more reds! We’re looking forward to sharing Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and a red blend with you! We’re also introducing our 2021 Sauvignon Blanc next year, in addition to our current lineup of wines.

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What’s Growing

We have a 30+ year history of growing some of Virginia’s finest wine grapes right here in Albemarle County. We’ve been supplying many of Virginia’s best wineries with Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot fruit since the mid 1990’s from our vineyard planted on Carter Mountain.

In 2017 we planted a vineyard in Batesville and added Petit Verdot, Petit Manseng, and Sauvignon Blanc grapes to our lineup. Our newest acreage of grapes was planted at Chiswell in 2021 and includes Chambourcin, Vidal Blanc, Cabernet Franc, and Petit Verdot.