American author Napoleon Hill once wrote “A goal is a dream with a deadline”. The Roundabout Cellars brand is testament to what can be accomplished when a dream is supported by passion.
While the term “custom crush” has fallen out of favor with the legislature it is an accurate description of contract winemaking that is being conducted across the Old Dominion.
Roundabout Cellars is the brainchild of Mike Shapiro and Virginia Winemaking veteran (and VWJ friend) Andy Reagan. Andy’s deft touch can be felt throughout the Roundabout Cellars portfolio.
Roundabout Cellars wine is crafted by Reagan at Ox Eye Vineyards in Staunton. By utilizing Ox Eye’s facilities, Roundabout Cellars can produce their wines without the capital expenditures of winery ownership.
Several wineries have started with the custom crush model and then moved to their own production facilities, while others see no need to change and have created almost a decade of vintages under the tutelage of a larger winery.
Roundabout Cellars uses sourced fruit from the Monticello American Viticultural Area (AVA) to produce the five wines (3 red, 2 white) in its portfolio.
Reagan and Shapiro have made Roundabout Cellars is a label to watch in 2014 and beyond.