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.
What are we doing in the vineyards this spring?
Spring time means lots of work in the vineyards!
Before the vines can begin growing after the winter, we will prune them. This pruning will slow the growth of our buds so that we run less of a risk of losing them to frost damage. This is especially important for our high altitude vineyard where temperatures will stay sub-zero at nights for a longer period of time.
Watch here as Sam prunes our cool-climate Chardonnay vines. Come visit to walk the vineyards and check out the stage of the buds, leaves, and grapes!
Did you know that 12 Ridges Vineyard has over 14,000 vines in the ground across four varieties of grapes? From Chardonnay to Pinot Noir, we've certainly got our work cut out for us, but we are thrilled to be harvesting our first fruit this summer.