So far of the Virginia wineries I have visited I have really enjoyed the wines at Cardinal Point. Upon visiting any winery, usually there are a few (if lucky) that are really noteworthy, but here all but one got high marks, and to be honest that one was not bad, it just is not a type of wine that favor. They offered no sweet wines, and what they offer does change with the whim of the winemaker and the stock of these small batch wines. There was even an experimental wine 2012 Indian Pale Chardonnay which was processed with hops and created a herbal, tropical, citrus nose. I had been hesitant about it, but was very pleasantly surprised. Most of the wines have won multiple awards. Of the whites, I really enjoyed 2012 Green which is made by co-fermenting 50% Petit Manseng with 50% Chardonnay for only $16/bottle. My favorite Red at the time I visited was 2011 Union $26/bottle
Pulling up to Cardinal Point winery is not impressive. Neither the natural view, nor the ambiance
of the winery and tasting room were impressive. It is done in a very casual and upscale trailer park or industrial decor. There is outdoor seating, but it does not have the view that Pippen, Kings or Afton have. The tasting room did not have comfortable indoor seating, nor a fireplace, so not really as appealing in the winter months when one would need to stay indoors, but the wines and the experience still make this one of my must visit wineries in the area. I think that if you go there knowing what to expect and focus on the wines themselves, you will not be disappointed. They are located at 9423 Batesville Road, Afton Virginia 22920.
Cardinal Point is owned by a former stared general and his teacher wife and so they offer discounts to any former or current service members or school teachers. They spent much of their life working in Germany and France and there is a strong influence of both of these in their wines. They have an old rescued cat, and a big dog (which seems obligatory to have the feel of a winery). It is family managed and operated by the four children. They actively cross promote and do events to create reasons to visit, which helps to make up for the venue itself. It is not that the vista is ugly, but it just pales in comparison to many of the other regionl wineries that have spectacular settings.
Visiting small private wineries has a special joy. It is very different than the large established wineries with big international distribution. One of the reasons is that they can be more experimental. For those that have a true love of the art of wines, Cardinal Point is the reason they like to visit the small wineries. It is located near several other wineries like Flying Fox and Afton Winery, etc., which makes it great for a day of touring the wineries in the area.
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