Part of an original 1727 Crown land grant, it seems that Keswick Vineyards has a Revolutionary War history of its own. As Benedict Arnold ransacked Central Virginia and Cornwallis attacked Richmond, the Virginia Assembly and then Governor Thomas Jefferson fled to Monticello. British Col. Tarleton's troops camped here during their pursuit of Jefferson and the legislature.

Today the Schornberg family produces some of Virginia's finest wines at Keswick Vineyards. This Virginia Governor's Cup winner produces, among other fine wines, an almondy Norton Rose, a vibrant Chardonnay, a complex Trevillian White blend, an off-dry and floral Viognier, an Old World style Portugese Touriga, a Cab Franc Reserve, and a Norton. Outstanding among the whites is the wonderful V2 white blend that is reminiscent of clover and slate and crisp up front with substance and identity on the finish.

Located a few miles away from James Madison's Montpelier, Keswick Vineyards features views of mountains, vines, and forests with ample outdoor seating areas to enjoy the views and a glass or two with family and friends. The tasting room is busy on weekends but well-managed. Keswick Vineyards offers music and events on weekends and is available for weddings and occasions.

Pictured at the top: The vines awaiting spring at Keswick Vineyards

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Keswick Vineyards is family-friendly and pet-friendly and features a fenced in dog park.

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There are ample outdoor seating areas, and the patio is enclosed and heated in chilly weather.