53rd Winery and Vineyard History:
Located midway between Richmond and Charlottesville in Louisa County, the 53rd Winery and Vineyard of Virginia was licensed as the 53rd Virginia Farm Winery in July of 1999. We are nestled among rolling hills in a traditional farming community. The Winery now consists of 103 acres with 22 acres planted to different varietals. Nestled among rolling hills in a traditional farming community, the goal of new owners, David and Susan Drillock, is to create quality wines that express their varietal character. The varietals include Albarino, Cabernet Franc, Chardonel, Chardonnay, Petit Verdot, Vidal Blanc and Viognier. Future plantings will include Chamborcin and Vignoles.
We also have planted a new vineyard at Free Union in Albermarle County VA, part of the Monticello AVA. The Monticello AVA is an American Viticulture Area located in the central Piedmont region of the Commonwealth of Virginia. This new area will consist of Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Viognier with the first harvest expected in 2017!
LEED Certified Tasting Room
The original “green” tasting room officially opened in 2011 and has earned a coveted Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, LEED, Platinum certification. This is awarded only to projects that meet the highest-rated standards in green building technology. We believe there is no better place for a green building where the goal of the entire operation is to transform sunlight into wine. The architectural design of the tasting room, with two complete walls of glass that extend up for two stories makes the visitor experience that of an “indoor/outdoor” space regardless of the weather. Not only are the construction features “green”, the aesthetics of the design with the surrounding landscape, creates the impression that the wine tasting room is an outgrowth of the vineyards itself, similar to the way that the flavors of our award winning wines express the terroir of the vineyard soils.