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Seminar: How to Craft an Award-Winning Virginia Wine

Greater Richmond Convention Center
403 North 3rd Street Richmond
1:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Led by Stephen Barnard, the Winemaker and Vineyard Manager at Keswick Vineyards, located in the Monticello AVA, discover how an award-winning Virginia wine is made. Learn about Virginia's unique and challenging terroir and the myriad of decisions that need to be made to craft a world-class wine from Virginia.

Please join Stephen Barnard, the brilliant winemaker at Keswick Vineyards, one of Virginia's most revered and award-winning wineries, for an exceptional tasting of Keswick's best wines, including some of their library wines and the wine that was ranked the #1 wine in Virginia in 2016.

About Stephen Barnard

Stephen started working in the wine industry at Groot Constantia Winery, the oldest winery in South Africa, as a pourer and tour guide. Through various courses of events he managed to find a position in the cellar as a cellar worker and then eventually became the assistant winemaker there. He studied Enology and Viticulture at Elsenburg Agricultural College.  Upon completion of his studies Stephen became the assistant winemaker at Flagstone Winery where he worked exclusively with red wines.

Through the Ohio State Internship program he came to Virginia in 2002 and joined Keswick Vineyards as an intern and held that position until May 2004 when he took the position of Winemaker at Rappahannock Cellars. In June of 2006 he re-joined Keswick Vineyards as the Winemaker and Vineyard Manager.
  Stephen’s philosophy for winemaking is minimal intervention.  He prefers to focus on the vineyard to produce optimal fruit for wine making. Keswick Vineyards is one of the few wineries that ferments most of its wines without the addition of yeast and do not fine or filter any of their reds since the 2006 harvest. Keswick Vineyards is committed to producing world class wines and are now seeing the potential Virginia, as well as Keswick Vineyards, has to offer.

Some Awards:

  • Best White Wine in America at the 2002 Atlanta International Wine Summit
  • Governor’s Cup in 2006 with Viognier Reserve
  • Governor’s Cup in 2009 with Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Governor’s Cup in 2016 with Cabernet Franc
  • Platinum awards at San Diego International for Heritage and Verdejo
  • Double Gold at San Francisco International for Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Highest rated Viognier from Virginia by the Wine Spectator
  • Double Gold at the American Wine and Spirits Competition for Chardonnay
  • Gold in China with Cabernet Sauvignon

Details on the Wines Coming Soon

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