Wine Wednesday: Mountain Cove Vineyards

Mountain Cove Vineyards is tucked far away from the normal wear and glare of the Virginia love for wine--which should make you even more curious about what they have to offer.

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Mountain Cove is located at 1362 Fortunes Cove Lane Lovingston, Va. Tastings are free. Views are priceless.
A fire pit overlooks the mountain cove.
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"If you're willing to make your way here, you deserve a free tasting," said owner Al Weed.
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Grapes vines hang over a trellis on the tasting room. Mountain Cove offers eight varieties of wine, and their Villard blanc grapes are a standout. This is the grape they use for their Skyline White, and Mountain Cove may be the only winery in Virginia still using the Villard Blanc variety.
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Al Weed started Mountain Cove Vineyards in 1976. His first batch was a dry apple wine made from local fruit. To this day, Weed still uses local fruit for his wines.
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Mountain Cove is the oldest continually active winery in Virginia, and possibly the most tucked away. That wasn't a bad thing, considering we were driving through the best views that Virginia has to offer.
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The tasting room/office was made from local red oak and yellow pine beams that came form his neighbors' hillside.
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For all you vegans, the closest vegan B&B is just 20 minutes away -- add that to the vegan wines Mountain Cove offers, and you're all set.
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A taste of the Peach Harvest and Apple Harvest wine is perfect for the summer.
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Wines made from fresh, local fruits include the Harvest Peach wine. Owner Al Weed gets the peaches from Saunders Brothers in Piney River, Va.
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Mountain Cove uses good ol' DOF (double old fashioned) cocktail glasses for the wine tastings. That's a first! When asked if we could buy a souvenir wine glass, owner Al Weed said, "Oh, you mean the fancy stemmed glasses we sell? Sure."
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The winery has nine acres under vine, eight on site and one about a mile away.
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The rustic feel of the visit made us feel as if we've just arrived at summer camp. That's a good thing!
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Summer hours are Wednesday to Sunday from Noon to 6:00 p.m.
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