Don’t be fooled by the unassuming entrance to Chester Gap Cellars. In fact, if you don’t pay close attention, you may miss some of the best views and wines the state has to offer. Located just off route 522 (literally), Chester Gap sits at over 1000 feet elevation at the northern tip of Rappahannock County, Virginia. A rustic, yet minimalist tasting room and deck greet visitors and create the perfect ambience for an afternoon of wine tasting. Owner and winemaker Bernd Jung’s estate-grown Viognier, Petit Manseng, Merlot and Cabernet Franc are some of the most impressive varietal wines the state has to offer. A “less is more” philosophy, the Jung’s have created a boutique winery where the only storyline is the wine.
Normally, I’d launch into my wine reviews, but quite frankly, each deserve their own post. Let’s just say one of every wine came home and I wish I had bought more. A special place producing special wines. I’ll leave you with a few pics and encourage you to visit and experience what Virginia wine is all about. Cheers!