Ox-Eye winery is named after the plethora of wild growing Ox-Eye Daisy on the vineyard property located in Augusta County, in Virginia's beautiful Shenandoah Valley. The tasting room, to this mostly German style wines, is in the small nearby old town of Staunton Virginia, most known as the birth place of our 28th president Woodrow Wilson, and home to the country music band the Sattler Brothers.
One of the unique aspects to this boutique winery is that everything is 100% estate grown and made. The 100 acre farm on which Ox-Eye Vineyards now sits was purchased by John and Susan Kiers in 1996 for the purpose of growing wine grapes which they sold to other wineries. They started producing their own wines in 2010. When I asked the owner why German style wines, she replied that they were the grapes that best suited their soil.
The Ox-Eye tasting room is a free standing building, located in the refurbished downtown wharf area. (Don't let the name fool you, as there is no real water, just a steam that has mostly been covered up by the parking lot). The "Historical Wharf" is restored old warehouses and a train depot that is now transformed into restaurants, local art galleries, and boutiques. On Wednesdays and Saturdays there is a very small farmer market in the parking lot (on Saturdays about 15 stands) across from the tasting room. Also adjacent, is an art gallery where they sell and make hand blown glass. The tasting room does not open until noon except on Saturdays. There is an assortment of appetizers that was made up mostly of chesses, crackers and spreads. Their $5 tasting included 7 of their 8 wines. Bottle prices range from about $17 to $22, with a 5% discount on 6 bottles and a 15% on 12 or more. There was two in staff when I visited, and one was the owner, so very knowledgeable and pleasant.
I have to say I was happly surprised by the wines in general. The lack of any real media coverage of this winery, had made me fear that they would be too sweet for my liking. Of the wines that I tasted, I liked their Gewurztraminer/Traminette, which had a zesty grapefruit wih a hint of lychee on the palate, the best. I also enjoyed their Riesling that was flinty and citrusy. Both of these style wines can sometimes be a little sweet in general, but these were not, and I took a bottle of each home. They have a new rose called the Blushing Ox that I found drinkable but not exceptional. For their reds they had a Pinot Noir, Lemberger, and Cabernet Franc; again drinkable but not outstanding. The only terrible wine that met my original expectations, was a blend that they listed as a dessert wine (that was not technically one). It was just a bad regular wine that was syrupy sweet, and that was a blend of Gewurztraminer, Traminette and Chardonnay.
For those oenophile enthusiastic about the boutique wine experience, Ox-Eye is worth visiting. There are no other wineries in Staunton, the next closest is Barren's Ridge (which I also reviewed http://luxguru.typepad.com/lorre_white_the_luxury_gu/2013/10/lorre-whit-the-luxury-guru-visits-barren-ridge-winery-in-the-shenandoah-valley.html) about 17 minutes away, should you want to combine two tastings in one day's outing.
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