Thursday, June 5, 2008
We learned this morning that the very first Virginia winery that we visited, Oakencroft Vineyard and Winery, is planning to close after 25 years. The winery was the oldest in Albemarle County and the closest winery to Charlottesville. UVA students will be very disappointed - as we are. Understandably Felicia Rogan has decided to retire and the land has been sold, but in a conservation easement, so that it will stay undeveloped. The Virginia wine industry owe Ms Rogan gratitude for she was instrumental in creating the Monticello AVA and created and served as director of the Jeffersonian Wine Grape Growers Society. Oakencroft will remain open until the end of 2008 - so their event schedule will remain intact. Apparently their current release of Cabernet Franc and Reserve Chambourcin are outstanding - so plan a visit to Charlottesville to obtain a collectors item.