The Boxwood Winery

Vineyard

Middleburg AVA

The Middleburg AVA (American Viticultural Area) in Virginia is home to 200 square miles in Loudoun and Fauquier Counties, and in 2012 was the seventh AVA established in Virginia. Boxwood Winery initiated the six year petition process to establish Middleburg as an AVA in 2006. Located about 50 miles west of Washington, D.C. and surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains and Potomac River, the Middleburg AVA has nearly 24 winemaking facilities. Major grape varieties include Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Merlot and Viognier.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Practices

The Boxwood Estate Vineyard boasts the tightest planting on the east coast. The 19 acre sustainable vineyard blankets the slopes of this historic farmland on its highest elevation. Every vine and grape are treated with tenderness and respect, producing elegant wines with depth, complexity and finesse.

Clones*

Only ENTAV Certified plant material is used

  • Merlot Clones; 181, 343, 347 & 348
  • Cabernet Franc Clones; 214, 623 & 327
  • Cabernet Sauvignon Clones; 341, 337 & 191
  • Petit Verdot; 400
  • Malbec; 595

* 4 different rootstock are used as well, many of the clones in each variety are grafted to 2 or 3 different rootstocks.

Climate

The climate in Virginia varies from year to year, which is one of the reasons our vintages vary in characteristics and blend content each year. In general Virginia experiences warm days and cool nights with moderate rainfall from early spring through early June with temperatures and humidity increasing in July and August. September and October offer more moderate temperatures and drier months for the grape harvest.

Planting Dates:

2004
Merlot 181 – 3.5 acres
Merlot 343 – 0.5 acres
Merlot 347 – 0.5 acres
Merlot 348 – 0.25 acres
Petit Verdot – 1 acre
Malbec - 0.25 acres
Cabernet Franc 214 - 3 acres

2005
Merlot 347 – 0.13 acres
Merlot 343 – 0.5 acres
Cabernet Sauvignon – 3.25 acres
Cabernet Franc – 0.5 acres
Malbec – 0.13 acres

2006
Cabernet Franc – 2 acres
Merlot – 1.3 acres

2007
Merlot – 0.5 acres

2012
Cabernet Franc – 2.25 acres

Exposure/Soils

Boxwood Estate Vineyard is comprised of 3 blocks; A, B & C Blocks with an average elevation of 535ft above sea level. The vineyard is Purcellville Silt Loam with Gneiss, Shist and Granite bedrock. A-Block, planted with Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc comprises the highest portion of the vineyard with the most well drained, loose and rocky soil in the vineyard. The exposition of A-Block varies from North West to South. B- Block, planted entirely to Cabernet Sauvignon has considerably more clay limiting the growth of the vines, exposition is North West. C-Block, planted entirely to Cabernet Franc, has varying soils with rocky thin soils at the northwest edge and slopes slightly to the southeast with increasing clay content.

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