Hume Vineyards

Hume Vineyards

I’m often forced to make difficult decisions when it comes to planning my Virginia itinerary. With 200 plus wineries throughout the state, and that number growing each month, it’s a painful selection process. That said I always include the “classics” and make an effort to visit a new and upcoming winery. Since their opening in July 2010, Hume Vineyards has been high on my list. Located on a historic 50-acre farm dating back to the 1880’s in Hume, Virginia, the tasting room is housed in a rustic, minimalist building, overlooking the vineyard. Owner Stephane Baldi has created the perfect atmosphere to waste away an afternoon over a glass of wine.

Visitors get to taste 5 wines for a $5 tasting fee. All of the wines I sampled were produced from fruit grown by Breaux Vineyards. The first pour featured the 2010 Seyval Blanc. Big floral nose followed by honeysuckle, green apple and plenty of minerality. At $19, a bit pricey for my taste. The second pour included the 2010 Vidal Blanc. Another hybrid that performs well in Virginia. A fruit-forward, crisp, semi-sweet wine. Before moving onto the reds, we sampled the 2010 Rosé. Produced from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon, red fruit, especially strawberry shine on the nose and palate. A pleasing pour.

The recently released 2010 Chambourcin was the next wine. I’m a big fan of Breaux Vineyards and was interested to see Stephane’s take on the fruit. Disclaimer, I’m not a big fan of Chambourcin and even less a fan of high ABV wines. Plum, dark cherries and spice dominate. At 15.1% alcohol, this is a hefty wine that needs food. The new-world 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon comes in at $26 and has a splash of Cabernet Franc (5%). An earthy, delicious wine that is drinking very well. Consistent notes of bright red fruit on the nose and smoky, earthy flavors with a touch of bacon and vanilla (I had written “classic Virginia” on my tasting sheet).

I look forward to returning to Hume Vineyards and especially to sample their estate wines and the newly planted Sauvignon Blanc. In the meantime, I recommend you visit and be sure to tell them sent you. Cheers!

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