The new half-acre vineyard is in prime Virginia wine country, at the foot of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It looks stunning, so here's hoping the grapes taste the same. Keswick Hall went with a rare grape called Petit Manseng for the first planting. It's from Southwestern France and should yield between 100 and 125 cases of an "intensely flavored" white wine "flavored with apricot and quince fruit along with spicy and floral notes."
This will become the property's private-label wine, of course, but the vineyard will also give guests the opportunity to prune and assist tending the vines.
In other hotel vineyard news, we told you about the Westlake Village Inn's new vineyard-naming contest back in December, when they first planted it as a source of wine for the hotel restaurant Mediterraneo. So what was the outcome?
The Vineyard at Mediterraneo. Um, yeah...
Cheers to creativity!