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DuCard Vineyards comprises 7 acres of French vinifera and native Virginia varieties, all meticulously nurtured and tended by hand. Our vineyard, located at an elevation of 1,000 feet on a picturesque slope in the shadow of the Blue Ridge mountains, produces grapes that reflect the rocky soils and rugged landscape of Madison County, Va., and yields wines of unique character and complexity. Our site, a former apple orchard, features rocky soil and has a consistent breeze off the mountains to the west, providing ideal conditions for growing premium grapes.

We are fortunate to be growing the four grapes that are gaining national and international recognition as Virginia’s stars: Viognier, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot and Virginia Native Norton. Our wines are made in small lots that emphasize each varietal’s unique characteristics.

Viticulture in Virginia is a complicated business. We battle frosts in the spring, high heat and humidity in the summer, hurricanes in the fall and a range of mildews, rots and other diseases and insect pests all season long. Yes, fall harvest days are our favorite days of the year!

We love to help educate others on what we’re doing. Aspiring winegrowers “adopt a row” of vines for the season and learn all phases of canopy management, from pruning and shoot thinning to harvesting, as part of the viticulture and enology curriculum offered by the Piedmont Virginia Community College. Flavor magazine recently profiled the program and C-ville Weekly has published a feature on our class.


 
Friday–Sunday & Mon. holidays, 11–6 and by appointment. Sept - Nov: Open 7 days/week | 540.923.4206 | 40 Gibson Hollow Lane, Etlan (Madison County), VA 22719
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