Septenary, The Winery at Seven Oaks Farm

Where:  200 Seven Oaks Farm, Greenwood, VA
Tasting Fee: $14 for a tasting of six wines
Don’t Miss The: Bordeaux-style blends, Chardonnay
Food: Light fare is available

Septenary isn’t quite like the other vineyards in the Crozet area. Producing only about 3,000 cases of wine each year, it’s a smaller operation that really manages to emphasize family business. As we pulled into the vineyard, we were greeted by owner Todd Zimmerman, who was also kind enough to give us a mini tour of their brand-new barrel room. It was certainly one of the kindest winery welcomes that we received during our long weekend in Virginia’s wine country.

Septenary actually has two tasting rooms to choose from. You can do a traditional tasting at a bar, but there’s also the option to venture next door and do a seated tasting at your leisure. Our group of four chose the traditional tasting and found it to be refreshingly uncrowded despite the long holiday weekend. With Page as our excellent tasting room associate, we worked our way through a tasting of six wines.

Our tasting began with a classic 2018 Virginia Viognier, which was full-bodied, floral, and full of plenty peach and citrus flavors. Dry but fruit-forward, it was everything I want from my Viognier. Next up was a 2017 Chardonnay, which came home with me. Lightly oaked, it had a delicious vanilla finish. It’s very much for me a winter or early spring Chardonnay and has more depth than a typical porch sipper.

We then worked our way through the reds. Septenary makes a mean Bordeaux-style blend, with both Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot based options. Personally, I left with their 2017 Clover plains. At 69%, it was truly firing on all cylinders, while still managing to be smooth. I loved the hints of tobacco and cranberry. Also available were two options of their Carriage House and Septenary’s premiere offering–a 2015 Coleman. All were higher but varying percentages of Merlot.

Unfortunately, we were on our way out of town and had to cut our trip short. However, Septenary is definitely a place I want to return to on a springtime day. Between the truly welcoming atmosphere, mountain views, and killer wine, it’s a fantastic place to spend an afternoon.

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