Set on a south-facing hill, Cana’s first vineyard of Petit Verdot, Viognier, and Petite Manseng was planted in April 2012. Merlot and Cabernet Franc vines were planted in May 2013. Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Tannat and Norton were planted in 2014, bringing the total acres under vine to 7.2.
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Petit Verdot, the principle grape in our Le Mariage wine, originates from the Bordeaux region of France and grows well on hillsides at our elevation. In 2011, Viognier was named Virginia’s signature grape. Petit Manseng is used to make a lovely dessert wine. Cabernet Franc is one red grape that grows particularly well in Virginia. Merlot is another popular red Bordeaux varietal; it can typically stand alone, but is also used for blending. Tannat is a red grape that is relatively new to Virginia but has produced several gold medal wines in the Virginia Governor’s Cup. Norton is a unique, thick skinned red grape with dark, jammy juice.