Grace Estate is the name given to the Albemarle Vineyard that’s long been known as Mt. Juliet. This relatively large grape producer has supplied fruit to a lot of the best Virginia wineries for years, and is now striking out on its own (in addition to continuing to produce fruit for other wineries.)
The winery opened for public tastings in mid-April, and pours wine in a modest building a top of a rustic wooden bar. For now, it’s all about the wine at Grace Estates, and the wine seems pretty good.
At opening, the winery was pouring a Chardonnay, a Viognier, a white blend, a red blend, a Tannat and a Cab Sav. All of the wines fell on the “good” side of the spectrum, but the Chard, the white blend and the Cab Sav were very, very good.
This appears to be a welcome addition to the Central Virginia wine scene, and the people behind the venture clearly know what they are doing. We paired a visit to Grace with a stop by the nearby Stinson Vineyards, which continues to make good and distinct wines in a friendly, no-frills tasting room.
No bad wines at Stinson–we bought a nice dry Rose.
Both Grace Estate and Stinson are highly recommended.