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Cardinal Point Winery

Cardinal Point is a new winery just east of the Blue Ridge/Skyline Drive in the town of Afton, east of Waynesboro, VA. Afton is also the location of Afton Mountain and Veritas wineries, which are good companions for an afternoon of wine tasting.

Although the winery is new, the vines are mature, having provided juice for other wineries for a dozen or so years.

Cardinal Point is located in a new, fairly plain building. None of the Stunning Blue Ridge views of the other wineries. However, they have something to offer. They offer a short film, for free, on winemaking, which can provide a good background to the tasting for newer winery vistors.

There are only four wines at Cardinal Point. One, the A6 is a Chardonnay/Viognier blend that I found very interesting, delicious, and unique. They also do a Reisling in the German fashion, whereas most Virginia wineries that do Reislings do it in the Alsacian fashion, drier, with less acid. I prefer the German style.

In red wines they have a classic Cabernet Sauvignon as well as the softer, fruitier Cabernet Franc.

We were pleasantly surprised by the quality of the wines here. I ended up buying several bottles.

You can learn more about Cardinal Point at their website: here, and you can learn more about Virginia wines in general at this site.

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