Congratulations to friends Susan and John Kiers, owners of Ox-Eye Vineyards, for making the Washington Post's Top 10 mid-Atlantic wineries to check out.
Dave McIntyre with the Post wrote:
For wine lovers interested in exploring beyond state borders to discover wineries producing high-quality wine and establishing a regional style, here are a few suggestions. This is by no means an exhaustive list. Rather, I am highlighting wineries that are not mentioned in the main article and are relatively new, either having opened in the last few years or about to open.In his list is Ox-Eye, named for the Ox-Eye Daisies that are so prominent at the vineyard:
Southwest of Staunton, also at about 1,800 feet elevation, this vineyard is producing notable Riesling, pinot noir and lemberger, from an Austrian grape also known as blaufrankisch.Be sure to stop by the Ox-Eye Tasting Room in Historic Wharf District of downtown Staunton at 44 Middlebrook Avenue in the Wharf area. The Kiers note, "Our focus is crafting high quality, food-friendly wines from grapes best suited to the soil and climate of our farm in Virginia’s beautiful Shenandoah Valley."
Various local talent has been featured at the tasting room, and this weekend is no different. On Friday, April 12, from 5:30-7:00, an art opening reception will be held featuring Jeffrey Stockberg upstairs and downstairs with Cheryl Gerhart.
Thought the farm and vineyards are located in Augusta County outside Staunton, the tasting room is located in an historic 1904 building designed by the noted architect T.J. Collins. Stop by ... you'll be glad you did.