Our Vineyard Sites
We believe strongly that the aspect of winegrowing most worth pursuing is the sense of place. As such, our vineyards are managed and our wine is made with methods that we believe best showcase the strengths and idiosyncrasies of our vineyards. This is an endeavor that we believe will keep us busy for a lifetime.
Bethany Ridge Vineyard
Bethany Ridge is the vineyard at which Walsh Family Wine first began production. Located high up on the Catoctin ridge just outside of Waterford, Virginia, we were drawn to the site for both its relative elevation and aspect - it sits high above its neighbors, with a primarily Southern slope - as well as to the shallow, stony, quick-draining soils. Vigor is low on this site, and wines tend to be ripe and highly textured. The intrinsic balance of the vineyard, as well as the density and intrigue of the wines, were the reason Walsh Family Wine was created. First planted in 2007, Walsh Family Wine began the expansion of the vineyard in 2017.
Location: Paeonian Springs, Virginia
Soils: a diverse selection, some granite-based and very well-drained, some silt/greenstone with more depth
Acres under vine: 25
White Varietals: Albarino, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier, Petit Manseng, (and a teeny bit of Gruner Veltliner).
Red Varietals: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Tannat
Twin Notch Farm
Located just South of Bethany Ridge along the Catoctin range, Twin Notch Farm is a stony hillside site, quite steep in certain sections. Twin Notch enjoys the same general soil characteristics as Bethany Ridge, but with a bit more depth to the topsoil, less overall variation, and with some steeper slopes. Planted in partnership with JC and Nancy Dodson, the bulk of Twin Notch was planted with the intention of producing a vineyard-based red blend. Third leaf is in 2018, so these wines are not yet available.
Location: Paeonian Springs, VA
Soil: silt loam over granite
Acres under vine: 8
White varietals: Sauvignon Blanc, Petit Manseng
Red varietals: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot
The North Gate vineyard is also the location of the Walsh Family Wine tasting room. Originally planted by Mark and Vicki Fedor, who founded North Gate Vineyards, for over ten years this site laid the foundation of North Gate Vineyards. We began farming the site in 2018, with the intention of honoring the Fedors and North Gate by producing vineyard-based blends from the vineyard.
Location: Purcellville, VA
Acres under vine: 10.3
White Varietals: Chardonnay, Viognier, Petit Manseng
Red Varietels: Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon
Russ Mountain Vineyard is situated along a southeast facing ridge in Bluemont, VA. Founded by Mitch and Betsy Russ, the vineyard has a reputation amongst the industry as producing truly stellar and unique Merlot. It has, over the years, been a provider of Merlot to a number of local wineries. In 2018, Walsh Family Wine took over management of the vineyard, and we are honored to be able to work its site and with its fruit.
Location: Bluemont, VA
Acres under vine: 3.8
Red Varietals: Merlot
Weatherlea Farm is a small but potent Cabernet Franc vineyard in Lovettsville, Virginia. Originally planted in 2009, the vineyard operated as an independent grower until 2018, when Walsh Family Wine took over management. A bit higher vigor than our other sites, it’s fruit nonetheless has shown a great up-front, bright fruity quality which is utilized in our rose production.
Location: Lovettsville, VA
Acres under vine: 1.5
Red Varietals: Cabernet Franc