Shenandoah Valley Wine Country
Most Shenandoah Valley wineries are small, family owned operations. The wine region’s unfertile soils keep vineyard yields down. Local wines are handcrafted by boutique Shenandoah Valley Wineries.
Because Shenandoah Valley Wine Country is the least elevated AVA in the region, it has the warmest climate. Shenandoah Wineries focus on Zinfandel, because grapes are able to develop high sugar levels to produce full-bodied, spicy wines.
The terrain of Shenandoah Valley Wine Country is made of sandy-loam and granitic soils. In conjunction with warm temperatures, Shenandoah Wineries use these unfertile soils produce red wines with lots of tannins and high alcohol levels.
When gold was discovered in 1848, Shenandoah Valley became a key part of the states’s winemaking history. Vineyards and wineries immediately sprang up to cater to this new market of mainly young, single men. As a legacy to this early vineyard development, some of the oldest Zinfandel vines in the state are grown in Shenandoah Valley Wine Country.
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