Doukénie Winery is definitely the place to go unwind on a Friday night and enjoy the breathtaking scenery of this winery nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge. A true paradise to go to either on date night or with the kiddos. Families with little ones can sit by the picnic tables or on the terrace while watching the kids run around and play near the pond. The winery will even give the kids duck food for them to feed the ducks! This place is truly a family favorite and will continue to be for years to come.
The winery has many fun events and festivals throughout the year. If you fall in love with the place as we did, we highly suggest getting a Heritage Club membership which not only gives you a great discount on award-winning wines, but also a complimentary tasting each time you come to the winery and pre-release invitations. Members also receive a free admission ticket to their annual Greek Festival on May 18th and Italian Festival on September 28th. They also have Bistro Night every Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m, featuring live music and foods from local businesses - Dons' Brick Oven Wood Fired Pizza, Mediterranean Breeze Authentic Greek & Italian Restaurant or the Roving Italian food truck. No wine tastings at this event, so come a little early if you want to try out some wine before purchasing wine by the glass or bottle. If you're looking for an extensive winery and vineyard tour, come join their geologist on every first Saturday of the month for their A Taste of Science at Doukenie ($15/person for non-members). Tours scheduled for 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Reservations are recommended. For upcoming events, check out their website.
The winery is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tastings for non Heritage Club members are $8 per person. Picnics are welcomed. The winery bottles five white wines, two fruit wines and eleven red wines under the direction of their winemaker Sébastien Marquet. Our favorites include their 2010 Petit Verdot (perfect with Don's Brick Oven Wood Fired Pepperoni or Sausage Pizza on a Bistro Night), 2011 Mandolin (enjoyed it with the Chicken Gyro from Mediterranean Breeze), and their Hope's Legacy Raspberry dessert wine.
Here is the list of their current wines listed on their website:
2011 Viognier - "the aromas of apricot, apple, honey and exotic flavor create a very fruity bouquet. Long smooth finish ends with a touch of light acid and citrus." Pairs well with curry dishes, gazpacho and light vegetable dips.
2011 Riesling - "very distinguished green apple, apricot, hazelnut flavors and aromas."
2011 Pinot Grigio - "crisp white wine, with a range of aromas from melon to pear, tropical, citrus fruit, honey and smoke." SOLD OUT. New Pinot Grigio will be released soon.
2011 Chardonnay - "this very yellow gold Chardonnay presents pear, coconut, oak, haoney, apricot, chamomile and citrus flavors." Pairs nicely with veal, chicken, pork, fish, cream sauces and Asiago cheese.
2011 Sauvignon Blanc - "beautiful quantity of grapefruit, citrus and herbaceous flavors of chamomile and clover."
2009 "Le Vin Rouge" Wine for Every Day - "the expressive aromas of red berries, and black currant offer a beautiful dimension for your palate followed by light port, plum, and oak flavors." Produced with 100% grapes from Virginia.
2009 "Dionysus" Wine for Very Special Occasions - aromas of "tobacco, caramel, coffee, coconut, cherry, berries and black currant." This full-bodied wine is produced with 100% Merlot from block number 1 of Doukénie Winery Estate.
2010 Merlot - "this rich full-bodied Merlot has aromas of black cherry, light berries, plum and chocolate." Perfect with steak, Camembert or Gouda!
2011 Sangiovese - "cherry, oak, vanilla, smoke, plum, strawberry flavors." Pairs nicely with tomato dishes, beef, duck or cheese.
2010 Syrah - full-bodied wine with "chocolate, espresso, blackberry and earthy bread crust flavors."
2010 Zeus - blend of Merlot, Tannat and Petit Verdot, "composed of red and black fruits, smoke and vanilla."
2010 Cabernet/Syrah - full-bodied wine with "tobacco, red fruit, with notes of Oak and Leather."
2010 Carbernet Franc - "very distinguishable flavors of violet, tobacco, blackberry and black pepper." Enjoy with grilled meats and vegetables. 2011 Cabernet Franc will be released at the Greek Festival on Saturday, May 18th.
2009 Cabernet Sauvignon - "cherry, raspberries, black pepper and tobacco flavors." Perfect with cheeses and grilled meats.
2010 Vintner's Reserve - full-bodied Bordeaux style blend. "Red and black fruits are predominant, along with a hint of black pepper." Pairs nicely with pheasant, lamb, teriyaki dishes, and gorgonzola cheese.
2010 Petit Verdot - "well-balanced with flavors of coffee, chocolate, vanilla, violet, red fruits, and spices." Perfect with steak or pizza.
Hope's Legacy Raspberry - "fresh raspberries and blackberries are fermented and blended with oak-aged red wine".
2011 Mandolin - "this very fruity blend of Traminette and Vidal has citrus, orange, and Litchi flavors". SOLD OUT. 2012 Mandolin will be released at the Greek Festival on Saturday, May 18th.