A large part of our business is vineyard management. Ben Renshaw maintains our own vineyards—8 Chains North, Furnace Mountain, and our new property in Purcellville—and provides custom management for several other Northern Virginia wineries, below.
8 Chains North Vineyard, Waterford, Va.
This vineyard is located at our winery in Waterford. First planting began in April 2010 with about 2 acres of Sauvignon Blanc and 1 acre of Albariño. The 2012 harvest provided the first crop of usable grapes for 8 Chains North wines.
Furnace Mountain Vineyard, Leesburg, Va.
Furnace Mountain was planted in April of 2006 on Ben’s sister Avis’s farm on the Potomac River north of Leesburg. There are 1.5 acres of Merlot, .5 acres of Malbec, .5 acres of Petit Verdot and .75 acres of Traminette. Furnace Mountain Vineyard continues to produce grapes used in 8 Chains North wines.
New Vineyard, Purcellville, Va.
Yet to be given an official name, planting on this large new property south of town began in the spring of 2014 and includes Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier. Plans including adding additional plantings of Syrah, Albariño, and Cabernet Franc in 2015.
Creek’s Edge Winery Vineyard, Taylorstown, Va.
Established in 2010, the vineyard contains 4.5 acres planted on a 17% grade—that’s extreme dirt farming! Varietals include Chambourcin, Chardonnay, Merlot, and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Tarara Winery Vineyard, Leesburg, Va.
Tarara is where Ben started his wine career in 1998 as the winery’s general manager. However, he was much more interested in growing the grapes and making the wine, and eventually Ben became the vineyard manager. Planting began in 1985 and has expanded to 48 acres, including Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, Viognier, Petit Manseng, and Mourvedre.
Tranquility Vineyard, Purcellville, Va.
Ben began management of this vineyard in 2005. Set in the rolling hills of the Virginia Piedmont, Tranquility Vineyard is 7 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, Tannat, and Pinot Gris.
Goose Creek Farms and Winery
Located across the road from Tranquility Vineyard, Goose Creek is the home of Otium Cellars. Planted in 2007, this vineyard is home to several German varietals: Lemberger, Dornfelder and Grau Bergunder. This is an exceptionally grown and maintained vineyard—you’ll taste the quality in the Otium wines.
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