Vault Field Vineyards has been around for about 11 years, but they didn’t open to the public until 2010. All of the wines are made by Dan Meenan and his son, and they grow eight or nine varietals on their 6.5 acres. Sadly, the Syrah vines are probably dead, which is unfortunate because we don’t recall seeing many Virginia Syrahs. Of the four wines we tasted, all of the grapes were estate-grown except for the Chardonnay in the Conundrum. We left with a bottle of the 2010 Reserve Red, but the standout for me was really the homemade (by the owners!) chocolate they served with the 2009 Red blend. In fact, writing this post reminded me that I still have the tin we bought in my purse, and I might have eaten a piece or two while typing.
Our server was a little goofy, but he was also very helpful and made sure to plug the other wineries in the area. He also told us about the Chesapeake Wine Trail. Each of the participating wineries has a little pamphlet that they stamp when you visit. If you get seven stamps, you can get 10% off bottles on the trail, and nine stamps will get you 15% off. You can take as long as you want to get the stamps, but once you hit those magic numbers, you only have a year to enjoy your discount before having to start over again.
I wish I had more to say, but much like The Hague before it, Vault Field is tiny, and we were in and out in about 20 minutes. Including the 10 minutes we spent talking to the server after the wines were done.
Rating: Lime (It’s good, but don’t make a special trip.)
Tasting: $2 for 4
Price: Low ($14 – $20)
Kid Friendly: Unsure – it doesn’t say either way on their website.
Highlights: The homemade chocolate
Time Since Lacy Last Ate: 2.5 hours
Strangers Invited to Dinner: 0