We chose this place for the untold promise in the land and soil. But really, what we couldn’t resist was the challenge. When they said it couldn’t be done — make a world-class wine in this part of the world — we set out to prove otherwise. Our wine is neither Napa nor Bordeaux, but uniquely and unapologetically our own. From the very beginning, we intended to produce a wine that defies all conventional expectations. Nearly two decades of meticulous study, hard work, and an unyielding quest for perfection has culminated in an expression of terroir that is remarkable, enduring, and destined to be an American great. Our journey started with a search for land. Despite prevailing industry assumptions (or maybe precisely because of them) we chose to look in a largely unknown, unproven region. Three years and hundreds of soil samples later, we found it — the place we knew could upend expectations and produce some of the world’s finest wine. For two years, we studied the land and worked the earth, uncovering a vast expanse of granite. Renowned experts from the US and France, as well as our own research and experience, guided us in understanding how to coax the best from our terroir. We decided to cultivate our 30,000 plants by hand and practice sustainable viticulture to work in harmony with the land. This intentional dedication to science and nature has led to irrefutable results: a wine of astonishing complexity and finesse. RdV’s 16 acres of vines are located on a steep, stony hillside in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, roughly 60 miles west of Washington, DC. Our vineyard is divided into 11 parcels dedicated to growing Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Petit Verdot. We focus on doing one thing extraordinarily well — creating iconic Bordeaux-style blends.