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About 90 minutes southwest of Washington, D.C., set amongst the rolling hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Delaplane, Virginia, behind a stone wall and iron gates, sits one of the region’s most exclusive wineries. Until recently, access to RdV—named for its founder, Rutger de Vink—was limited to industry insiders, national and international wine press. In April 2014, RdV opened those gates to wine enthusiasts for tours and tastings for the very first time. The $50 tour and tasting price surpasses other area wineries, as does the experience. Tours are offered every other hour, lasting 90 minutes each Thursday to Sunday. Individualized attention is given in the small group tours that are limited to 12 guests.

The tour begins with a glass of Pol Roger Champagne and then continues out onto the lawn, where guests can get a closer look at the vines. The tour continues with a walk through the caves, a cool and dark winding expanse of French oak barrels that ends at a magnificent wall of granite, up-lit amongst dusty bottles of wine waiting to be labeled. On the lower level of the rotunda, six tubes of granite are displayed on the walls. “This is RdV,” explains Master Sommelier and Estate Director Jarad Slipp. Thirty-five feet of granite core samples drilled from the land stand as art and testament to the unique terroir responsible for RdV’s outstanding wines and well-drained soils—a must in rainy Virginia.

Don’t mistake the high price of admission or iron gates for snobbery. The staff take the wines seriously, but there’s not an ounce of pretension once behind the gates. The estate is tranquil, offering a respite from city life, exquisite attention to detail and a comprehensive sensory delight.


DomiCile Fall 2014  
DomiCile Fall 2014  

The Fall 2014 Issue highlights the Logan Circle neighborhood in Washington, D.C. and shows off the perfect way to enjoy the season with thin...