ABOUT US —
Our current line up is listed below, as of February 2017. All have limited production and are subject to selling out, as they have in prior years. We sell our wines exclusively at our tasting room and occasional special events or festivals. We invite you to enjoy the full DuCard experience at our beautiful Madison County tasting room. We are not in any retail stores.
NEW: DuCard wines can now be shipped to about 30 states, through our partnership with VinoShipper who handles the complex licensing and reporting that is involved. Please review the wine descriptions below, and then click here to enter your order. (Wine Club members: please contact us directly rather than through this site, so that we can apply your Member discount)
A limited number of our wines are on the menu at a few select restaurants in Central Virginia: The Inn at Willow Grove, Mimslyn Inn, Madison Inn Restaurant, the Flint Hill Public House and The Boar's Head Inn (Old Mill Restaurant) - guess we have an Inn Strategy here - and also at Tula's Off Main Restaurant in Little Washington, the Thornton River Grill in Sperryville, Fleurie Restaurant in Charlottesville and at Skyland and Big Meadows Lodges in Shenandoah National Park. Beginning last fall, a selection of our wines is also available at the new Virginia Tasting Cellar, an innovative new multi-winery tasting room in Farmville.
DUCARD WINE CLUB — You're invited to join our Club. We will allocate two bottles (nearly always one white and one red and frequently new releases or Wine Club only wines) six times a year (with a double allocation in December - for holiday stock-up). You'll receive 15% off on all wines and merchandise (20% off case purchases), plus a newsletter, recipes, and invitations to special club-only events. And there is no charge for you (and spouse) when you come out for a tasting or a glass of wine. You can pick up your wine at DuCard and avoid the shipping charges, as most of our members elect to do (we'll make it a party). or we can ship via UPS for a nominal fee. Members also can use DuCard facilities with no rental fee for private dinners, birthday parties, company off-sites and related (space available, and other provisions apply). Overall, Best Deal In Town? Uh, yeah. Membership form is here Thanks !
Signature Viognier — 2015
This elegant dry white wine has aromas of white peach, wildflower, orange blossom, and melon. As typical of a VA Viognier, it has medium to low acidity with a classic viscous mouth feel giving this wine a big mid palate. Check out this blogger's nice review of our 2014 vintage (similar style): www.ducardvineyards.com/Now_and_Zin.pdf
Pairings: rich seafood, scallops, crabcakes, Gouda cheese. $28.
Cuvee 719 — 2015 - 20 cases remain (1/1)
Traminette-Chardonnay blend, stainless steel fermented with lemon zest and rose petal on the nose and lychee nut. Great with seafood and most refreshing.
Pairings: scallops, crab cakes, Gouda cheese. $25
Chardonnay — 2015 - WINE CLUB EXCLUSIVE / SOLD OUT
Fruity nose with banana, papaya and coconut. This Chardonnay has been processed in a southern Burgundy "Macon" style, using oak barrels for part of the fermentation and part of the aging process. The result is a light and delicate, uniquely elegant Chardonnany. Released solely to our Wine Club, due to very limited quantity, and sold out. $34
Gibson Hollow White — 2015
Crisp white wine with bold peach and lemon peel aromas, fermented in “off-dry” style and bottled for freshness. Traminette-based blend providing depth and acidity. Based on historical name of our farm’s location.
Pairings: great with picnic fare or afternoon sipping by itself. $24
2nd Corps — 2015
This special wine commemorates the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War in Virginia. It's named for Stonewall Jackson, who marched his 2nd Corps of 25,000 (yup- some say as many as 40,000 wow) men over the mountains just around the corner - on his way to the Battle of Fredericksburg. This is a semi-sweet Vidal-based blend this year - a thirst quencher after a 20 mile march for sure. Gorgeous old style bottle and label - a collectors' item. Limited availability. $26
Rosé — 2016 NEW RELEASE - just in time for Valentine's Brunch
This dry, French style Rosé shows beautiful notes of strawberry, cranberry and stone fruit. This Bordeaux blend exhibits a salmon color and is a refreshing delight for Summertime activities. Released early for Valentines Day each year, we suggest you restrain yourself from opening that second (or third) bottle for a few months when this wine really blossoms! Serve chilled. (204 cases made) Pairings: by itself at 5 o’clock …somewhere. $24
Cabernet Franc Vintner Reserve— 2014 NEW RELEASE 12-2-16
Black cherry and blueberry on the nose, followed by sweet spices with hints of fennel and spearmint in the background. Chalky but soft tannins, plus minerality on the finish that expresses the red clay and ancient mountain granite soils of the DuCard vineyard site. We recommend decanting for 15-30 minutes before serving in order to fully reveal its outstanding character and complexity. Has been aged a full year in bottle before release.
Pairings: strip steak, pork loin, beet salad, herbed cheeses. $39
Popham Run Red Blend — 2015  NEW RELEASE: FEB 2017
This Bordeaux blend makes a great ‘everyday’ red wine. It exhibits delicious aromas and flavors of black and red fruits and was aged for 10 months in both French and American oak. Named for the stream adjoining the vineyard, this wine will soften and improve with age. (236 cases made) Pairings: pasta with red sauce and grilled chicken. $24
Pairings: pasta and red sauce, grilled kebobs, chicken dishes. $24
Triskele — 2013  SOLD OUT
New premium Bordeaux-style blend, made only in the finest vintages. Triskele is a motif used throughout history to connote a blend of three elements, like earth, water and fire. For us, it is an equal blend of Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot. Aromas of blueberry and cherry, hints of violet and sweet spices. Medium-bodied with strong mid-palate of plum and blackberry. Long finish includes cocoa, nutmeg and mushroom, a puff of smoke, and lingering acidity. Decanting recommended to reveal full character and complexity. (110 cases made)
Pairings: beef bourguignon, pork loin, dark chicken, mushrooms. $42
Petit Verdot — 2013 SOLD OUT
The latest vintage in our growing tradition of outstanding DuCard PVs. Bold with gorgeous purple color, rich mouthfeel and strong tannins that will mellow with age. Dark fruits predominate - blueberry, blackberry and currant. Only 100 cases made.
Pairings: lamb roast or a great steak. $36
Version 1: Cabernet Sauvignon — 2012 SOLD OUT
This is our first effort at Cabernet Sauvignon - as a 'trial' using grapes from Carter Mountain in Charlottesville - to decide if we should plant this iconic but difficult to grow varietal. We've concluded 'yes' and Version 2 will be coming from our new estate vine blocks in 2018.
Pairings: steak for sure. $28
Merlot — 2014 SOLD OUT
This wine shows aromas of red berries, sweet spices, leather, and mocha, and has a huge structure of acid and tannins with a very dry finish. It is still very firm and focused, and will soften well over time. This wine was aged for 10 months in French oak barrels.
Pairings: sharp cheeses, grilled meats or some creative ideas like schnitzel or cassoulet. $25
C'est Trop — 2014
It's too much. Literally. This port-style red dessert wine is just the ticket for after dinner sipping, perhaps with cigar in hand on the back deck, overlooking your vineyard or country manor. Norton fortified with brandy. Very limited production. 500 ML $36
Virginia Native Norton — 2014 - 15 cases remain (1/1)
Distinctive red wine with intense aromas and deep inky-black color. Deemed Best of all Nations in late 1800s and now enjoying a resurgence in popularity.Decanting recommended
Pairings: dark chocolate, cassoulet, heavy foods with creamy sauces. $26
Announcing: Montpelier commemorative wines: James Madison "Constitutional Red" and Dolley Madison "High Society" White.
These very limited edition wines with portraits commissioned by noted local artist Trish Crowe are used by our neighbors at Montpelier, the longtime Madison estate, for donor recognition and special events, and are for sale exclusively at our tasting room. $100/two bottle set, including engraved wooden display box. A share of the proceeds is donated to continue Montpelier's efforts to preserve and promote the Madison Legacy. Details here