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Open to Public
Thu, Sun 12 to 6; Fri-Sat 12 to 7
Owner(s): John Guevremont
Winemaker: John Guevremont
Stunning view of the Blue Ridge from the top of the vineyard.
A view of the property looking across the farm pond.
Quievremont is currently open only by appointment, but owner John Guevremont is happy to accommodate visitors. I will also point out that the new tasting room should open in the spring and with it, there will be regular tasting hours. In the mean time, call and make an appointment. It is definitely worth that minimal effort.
I arrived a little in advance of the appointed time and spent a few minutes walking the grounds taking photographs. John arrived a few minutes later and ushered me into his small, temporary tasting room. Despite its size, it is a charming and functional space. While we talked, John arranged his offerings on the counter. There were about ten wine in total. The emphasis is on red Bordeaux varietals with Chardonnay as the lone white.
Following his service as a Marine aviator, John pursued a career in Washington D.C. before retiring to the country. He purchased his Reality Farm property and planted the first grapes in 2008. Today there are seven acres under vine with plans to expand to about ten. John contracted Theo Smith from Rappahannock Cellars to make his wine. Current production is set at about 700 cases annually, but that will certainly have to increase when the new tasting room opens and the winery signs are posted on Route 211. The winery’s capacity is 2500 cases and that is the long-term production goal. John wants the winery to remain a small, boutique operation dedicated to the creation of quality wine.
A few of the amazing Quievremont wines.
The south-facing mountain slope is ideal for viticulture and that is reflected in the wine. We tasted vintages that ranged from 2012 to 2014. All were made primarily from estate fruit and all were uniformly excellent. We tasted a 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon. It is one of the first reds I have tasted from that banner year and it did not disappoint. I will say, however, that the 2013 Cabernet Franc and 2012 Meritage were absolutely stellar. Both won silver in both the Finger Lakes and the Governor’s Cup and I have to believe that Quievermont has the potential to do even better in the coming years.
This is a winery that should be on everyone’s short list. The combination of potentially world-class wines and the amazing mountain views make a visit to Quievremont sort of a no brainer. It is easily accessible from either Northern or Central Virginia and the drive from either direction makes the journey worth your time. Make an appointment or wait for the new tasting room, but get out there and see for yourself. After you do, be sure to let me know what you think.
Quievremont signage near the front gate.
Written by Brian Nov 4, 2015
If you have spent any time exploring Virginia wineries, you have almost certainly visited Rappahannock County. Despite the fact that there are only nine wineries in that county, somehow it seems like there are far more and they are all worthy of note. I had visited all of them, with the exception of Quievremont Vineyards. So feeling strongly that I needed to correct this oversight, I drove out there on one of the last days of fall foliage.
Now, if you have visited this part of the Commonwealth, you know how beautiful it is and in the fall that beauty is compounded. From Charlottesville we follow Route 231 along the base of the Blue Ridge and through the small town of Sperryville. That is a jaw-dropping drive even in the dead of winter, but turning off Route 211 and driving the last mile or so toward Quievremont takes it to the next level. I can say with absolute candor that the view from Quievremont is easily the best in Rappahannock County and one of the top ten winery views in the state. You will find yourself pressed up against the Shenandoah National Park, looking down the length of that narrow mountain valley at Old Rag Mountain in the far distance. There are no words. If there is a heaven, it probably looks something like that.
115 Reality Farm Lane; Washington, Virginia 22747