Chambourcin is gaining popularity in Virginia - this is a red varietal that can be as smooth as a Pinot Noir or as complex as a Cab Sauv or Norton. Wikipedia doesn't even mention Virginia as a Chambourcin-heavy state in the Mid-Atlantic. Pennsylvania, however, is mentioned, and with good reason. Pennsylvania wineries, particularly those around York and Lancaster, have been working with Chambourcin for about ten years. But the first wineries to experiment with this mysterious varietal are in the Finger Lakes region. If this red sounds unfamiliar, give it some time. The blogmasters predict it will catch up with Cabernet Franc as the signature Virginia red.
Where to try it:
If you want to give Virginia Chambourcin a shot, we're here to help. Our favorite Chambourcins can be found at (ranked in order of favorite):
Zephaniah Farm Vineyard
North Mountain Vineyard
Old House Vineyards