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 sommolier consultant.
Erin has carefully crafted a menu of wines from award winning vineyards from cool climate regions including Alsace, Mosel, Alto Adige,
Wine Tasting at 12 Ridges
Whether you are a sparkling wine connoisseur or a lover of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, or Pinot Gris, a visit to 12 Ridge's stunning tasting room is well worth the trip. Come visit our magnificent rolling vineyards with panoramic mountain and valley views while enjoying a carefully crafted selection of cool climate and sparkling wines.
Sparkling & Champagne Tasting
12 Ridges is intent on crafting exceptional sparkling wine using the traditional method typical of the great Champagne houses of France. As our vines mature and our sparkling wines are created, come celebrate the art and complexity of sparkling wine from many regions in a world-class setting.
We have crafted Tasting menus of fantastic sparkling wines and champagne from around the world for your selection.
As our pinot noir, chardonnay, riesling, and pinot gris mature and grow to be bottled, we invite you to enjoy a Tasting of wines from cool climate vineyards in regions such as Mendoza, Alto Adige, Alsace, Stellenbosch, and Burgundy.
Our non-sparkling tasting includes chardonnay, riesling, pinot gris, and pinot noir.
Meet the 12 Ridges Vineyard Team
12 Ridges' founder, Craig Colberg, is building out the 12 Ridges team to best serve our guests and create fantastic cool climate wines. Sam Hanny serves as Operations Manager and oversees both the Tasting Room and the vineyard. He is joined by Virginia's own award-winning wine grower, Jake Busching, who selected each of our four varietals to match the unique geographies of our twelve planted acres. 12 Ridges is also advised by central Virginia's very own sommelier, Erin Scala. She has crafted a variety of Tasting Menus with wines from cool climate vineyards around the world.
Meet Sam Hanny
12 Ridges Operations Manager
Sam Hanny serves as the Operations Manager at 12 Ridges Vineyard. He's our day-to-day jack of all trades up on the mountain. You can find him on the tractor tending the vines just as often as he's in the office helping run the operations of the Tasting Room.
Sam is a recent graduate of the University of Virginia and brings plenty of energy and ideas to our team. He studied Innovation and Entrepreneurship at UVA and spent his free time learning about the Virginia Viticulture and Wine industry. He's learned alongside the greats such as Gabrielle Rausse, Mattieu Finot, the King Family, and Castle Hill Cidery just to name a few. Sam is very passionate about agricultural business and loves Thomas Jefferson's quote:
"Agriculture is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals, and happiness."
Meet Jake Busching
Our wine grower
Jake Busching is the 12 Ridges wine grower and has analyzed our geography and hand selected the varietals best suited to make magnificent sparkling wine.
Jake has a wealth of experience and an outstanding reputation in the Virginia wine industry. Growing up on a Midwestern farm prepared Jake for the agricultural aspects of the wine industry and learning the trade from Michael Shaps and viticulturist Chris Hill launched him on a path of high-end Virginia viticulture and winemaking. Jake believes in soil-to-bottle wine growing and has brought that focus to bear at wineries like Keswick Vineyards, Pollak Vineyards, Grace Estate Winery, and now Michael Shaps Wineworks. Jake sits on the board of the Monticello Wine Trail and serves on the Research and Education Committee for the Virginia Vineyards Association as well.
Meet Erin Scala
12 Ridges Wine Consultant
For the better part of a decade, Erin worked in New York City at several Michelin star restaurants, notably JoJo, PUBLIC, and The Musket Room. In 2014, she returned to her home state of Virginia to run the wine programs at local downtown restaurants, Fleurie & Petit Pois. Today, she is the sommelier at Common House social club in downtown Charlottesville, and since 2017, she's owned In Vino Veritas Fine Wines, a wine retail shop in Keswick, Virginia.
Erin writes the thinking-drinking wine blog, produces audio essays for the I’ll Drink to That wine podcast, and consults about wine privately and commercially through her company, ThinkBev. Her articles about wine have been published in The Washington Post, Wine & Spirits, Wine & Country Living, and Knife & Fork magazine. For several years, she covered the Virginia wine scene in a column for her local paper, The C-Ville Weekly.
Named one of Wine Enthusiast's 40 Under 40 wine professionals to watch, her wine list at Fleurie won a Wine Spectator“Best of Award of Excellence” in 2016 and 2017. Erin received a James Beard Rhône Rangers Travel Study Grant to study Rhône varieties in California in 2016. She competed in the Sommelier Scavenger Hunt held by Wine & Spirits Magazineto find delicious Pinot Noirs in the Santa Cruz Mountains AVA in 2017. In January 2018, the I'll Drink to That podcast was written up in the New York Times.