Barboursville Vineyards is Virginia’s first wine estate to be dedicated to growing European, Vitis vinifera wine varietals in Virginia. Planted in 1976, the vineyard was founded by Gianni Zonin from Gambellara, Italy, who is a 7th-generation winegrower whose family’s enterprise, Casa Vinicola Zonin, has been in viticulture since 1821 and is now owned by his three sons Domenico, Francesco and Michele. Barboursville is Zonin’s Family, sole winemaking endeavor outside of Italy. The property is the core of an extensive 18th Century Virginia plantation, now consisting of some 900 acres, of which 180 are in vine. Winemaker-General Manager Luca Paschina, holder of a degree in oenology from Instituto Umberto in Alba and now in his 31st year at Barboursville, oversees day-to-day vineyard operations with viticulturist Fernando Franco, who has been at Barboursville for 23 years and winemaking with Daniele Tessaro for 12 years.
Region: Virginia, United States
Year Founded: 1976
Proprietors: Casa Vinicola Zonin, Italy; The Zonin Family
Winemaker: Luca Paschina and Daniele Tessaro
Size of property: 900 acres
Amount of Property Planted: 180 acres
Terroir: Red clay generated from deterioration of volcanic aggregates from the Blue Ridge Mountains.
Annual Production: 32,000 cases
Varieties Cultivated: Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Moscato, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Merlot, Nebbiolo, Barbera, Vidal, Vermentino, Viognier, Fiano
Cellar Door: Open Monday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm and Sundays 11am - 5pm