Virginia Dare Winery

Owner(s) American Pioneer Wine Growers
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Located in Geyserville in Sonoma County, this winery, owned by American Pioneer Wine Growers (part of The Family Coppola), pays homage to the people, places and stories that are part of early American winemaking. Virginia Dare was the first English child born in the New World to colonists in 1587. Her fate became a mystery after her colony, now referred to as the Lost Colony, vanished from Roanoke Island in the late 1500s. Legend has it that she lived among the Native Americans and grew into a beautiful young woman trapped in the middle of a tragic love triangle and ultimately killed.

On the very spot where she bled and died, a grapevine sprouted with its fruit stained red. According to the legend, this is how the white wine of American became red wine. The grapevine is widely believed to be the 400-year-old Mother Vine, reportedly the oldest cultivated grapevine in North American which still exists today. A clipping of this grapevine will soon be planted in the Virginia Dare Winery's estate vineyard.

The initial teaser wines, The White Doe, Manteo, Two Arrowheads and The Lost Colony, were joined by flagship wines from the Russian River Valley: Virginia Dare Pinot Noir and Virginia Dare Chardonnay in November 2015. The wines will initially be sold through a mailing list.

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