Virginia’s George Washington’s Birthplace American Viticultural Area (AVA) is located between the Potomac and York rivers, with the Chesapeake Bay to the east. The verdant land of these peninsulas provides sandy loam soil and a temperate climate year round.
In 2000 Stephen and Cynthia Madey purchased historic “Buena Vista” farm in Westmoreland County on the Northern Neck and proceeded to spend the next eight years renovating the main house and farm buildings.
Working with Virginia vineyard consultant Lucie Morton, the Madeys planted five acres of Cabernet Franc, Chardonel, Petit Verdot, Merlot and Muscat.
By 2007, the vineyards were producing quality fruit that other wineries purchased. The resultant wines were quite good leading Steve to decide to open his own winery and Hague Winery was born.
The wines are crafted by Virginia Viticultural Veteran Michael Shaps at his custom crush facility. While shipping freshly picked fruit in refrigerated trucks from the vineyard to Shaps’ Charlottesville processing center presents a logistical challenge, the award winning expertise is worth the effort.
The tasting room is housed in a former barn overlooking the manor home, outbuildings, vineyards and surrounding farmland. Tasting the wines of the Hague Winery one is surrounded by the very land, and history, that you can taste in the glass.