Right Here in Clarksville….
Off the beaten trail (Shiney Rock Road, in this case), you’ll find the Three Sisters of Shiney Rock winery. This is one of the state’s newest wineries, having only been licensed since 2011. It’s also one of the most unique, as its wines are made only from Muscadine and Scuppernong grapes, unique to the Southeastern United States.
As the name might imply, Three Sisters is a family business. Sisters Beth Graham, Susan Coates and Kay Candelora (also known as the Powell Sisters) own the winery, and they and their families operate it. The winery produces three wines: Sweet Nannie and Super Sweet Nannie, made from the dark purple Muscadine grapes, and the intriguingly named Voluptuous Maiden, made from the lighter Scuppernong grapes.
During the wine season, Three Sisters is open on Saturdays; if you’d like to visit on any other day, you must call ahead, because Powell family members may be out in the fields.
Address: 5484 Shiney Rock Road Clarksville, VA 23927
Phone: (804) 497-9630
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The classic Early American building housing the winery looks fresh and new—as it should, having been built in 2008. But the estate itself has been in the Rose family since 1858, and the land has produced fruit, tobacco, soybeans and corn over the decades. Since 2003, it’s yielded grapes for Rosemont’s award-winning wines.
The winery produces a full range of reds, whites and sweet wines, plus a rose. In a sense, they also produce “green” wine; their underground production system has been designed for maximum efficiency and minimum carbon footprint. As a nod to Virginia’s Lake Region, Rosemont has a line of Lake Country wines: a red, a blush and a sweet white.
On a visit to the winery, you can taste those wines and take a tour of the production area and barrel room. The front room of the winery also functions as a gift shop for wine accessories and locally made crafts, and a gallery for local artists. Like the land it’s on, Rosemont is owned and operated by the Rose family, one of whom will likely greet you when you visit.
1050 Blackridge Road
LaCrosse, VA 23950
(434) 636-WINE (9463)