2017 was a phenomenal harvest season for Virginia wine growers, as it saw near perfect conditions. Bluestone’s 2017 Estate Grown Chardonnay is a testament to the once in a decade harvest, and it is the first vintage from the newest block of Chardonnay, grown half a mile from the winery.
Winemaker Lee Hartman commented on the success of Bluestone’s Chardonnay, “Our Chardonnay program has continued to be one of our greatest strengths in recent years. We continue to take care of it from the vines to the cork, but I’m happy to see a Shenandoah Valley Chardonnay standing up so well right next door to Napa and Sonoma. It’s time people see the Valley for what it is: an up and coming wine region with some serious wines coming out of it.”
Bluestone’s 2016 Estate Grown Steep Face had another strong showing in California competition, having just achieved a gold medal at this year’s San Francisco International Wine Competition. Made with 100% Chambourcin, its unique name comes from where it is planted on the property: one of the steepest vineyards in the Commonwealth.
The San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition is the largest competition of American wines, and this year there were 6, 800 entries from 1,132 wineries. For the past 19 years, it has set the standard for wine by having a judging panel of over 60 wine experts.
Bluestone also won a silver medal for the 2016 Viognier and bronze medals for the 2017 Estate Grown Quartz Hill Red, 2015 Blue Ice, and 2013 Petit Verdot.