A Cool Climate, Sparkling Wine Focused Vineyard & Tasting Room
12 Ridges is Virginia's highest altitude vineyard and Tasting Room
Our unique terroir of soil and an altitude above 3,300' lend themselves to extraordinary possibilities including European style Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and Riesling, a Pinot Noir ideally suited for 12 Ridges, and magnificent sparkling wines.
Cool Climate & Sparkling Wines
Prior to our own grapes maturing, 12 Ridges will offer a variety of cool climate wines and sparkling wines from vineyards around the world with similar terroir as 12 Ridges. These wines have been carefully selected by Erin Scala, our sommelier consultant.
Erin has carefully crafted a menu of wines from award winning vineyards from cool climate regions including Alsace, Mosel, Alto Adige,
What are we growing at 12 Ridges?
We have planted 12 acres of cool climate varietals: Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Noir. Since we are a high altitude vineyard (3,300 ft), our growing season is shorter than warmer areas and our wines will be of higher acidity since the grapes won't have the prolonged growing season to become sugary.
In addition, the more pronounced swings in temperature from day time to night time will stress the grapes, which actually helps create complex flavors for our wines.