Set on a south-facing hill, Cana's first vineyard of Petit Verdot, Viognier, and Petite Manseng was planted in April 2012. Merlot and Cabernet Franc vines were planted in May 2013. Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Tannat and Norton were planted in Spring 2014, bringing the total acres under vine to 7.2.
Petit Verdot, the principle grape in our Le Mariage wine, originates from the Bordeaux region of France and grows well on hillsides at our elevation. In 2011, Viognier was named Virginia’s signature grape. Petit Manseng is used to make a lovely dessert wine. Cabernet Franc is one red grape that grows particularly well in Virginia. Merlot is another popular red Bordeaux varietal, which can typically stand alone and is also used for blending.
For the 2011 harvest, Cana purchased grapes from four Loudoun County vineyards and one vineyard in the Shenandoah Valley. The grape varietals we used were Viognier, Riesling, Traminette, Cabernet Franc, Merlot, and Petit Verdot.
The 2012 harvest grapes come from Virginia vineyards in Loudoun, Fauquier, Frederick and Orange counties. The red varietals are Barbera, Cabernet Franc, Chambourcin, Merlot, Mourvèdre, Petit Verdot, and Syrah; and white grapes we purchased included Riesling, Rkatsiteli, Traminette, and Viognier.