Chateau OBrien at Northpoint Winery and Vineyard began producing wine in 2005 to fulfill a passion and dream for Proprietor, Howard OBrien, Jr. From he and his wife’s travels throughout the United States and around the world, they developed an enthusiastic interest in quality wine and a desire to learn more about the wine industry. Their principles are founded on giving the customer a quality experience from the destination to the wine. After intensely assessing many potential land sites, placing the terroir and location in the utmost importance, in 2002 the Northpoint site was chosen and purchased. At this time a major renovation of the existing structure (that would serve as the tasting facility) and the first vines were planted. The winery and vineyard opened for full operation on November 1, 2006. Because of their committment to provide you with a quality wine experience, you will see both Howard and his wife, Debbie behind the wine tasting bars pouring you their wines. You will also find their college-aged daughters, April and Cory, involved in the winery operations - when they are home from school.
We strongly believe that the quality of our wines begins in the vineyard. Our wines embody the unique and enduring characteristics of the soil and climate. The steep slopes and rocky soil provide excellent drainage and trace elements that contribute to our wines. Our vineyard is currently 15 acres with a planned expansion to 25 acres. Our rootstock was imported from France and grafted with American rootstock. The vines were hand selected for intensity of flavor and true varietal character and are nurtured through natural viticulture approaches. In addition to this acreage, approximately 25 exclusive acres are owned at two other farms (Sycamore Springs Vineyard and Seven Oaks Vineyard) in different parts of Virginia due to the variety of microclimates.
Grown on the vineyards:
Viognier, Chardonay, Tannat, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot and Malbec, Petit Mensing, Syrah, Pinot Grigio, and Tramminette.