Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Tasting Room & Patio Hours of Operation:
April through December – Daily from 11am to 5pm; We are also open till 8pm every Friday except for 5/1/15, 10/9/15, 10/23/15.
January through March, we hibernate and are only open Friday – Monday, 11am to 5pm (closed Tuesdays, Wednesdays, & Thursdays
Regular parking at top of driveway in marked spaces. Designated parking behind the tasting room for Limos and Vans ONLY, please follow signs upon arrival. Bus reservations are required to call ahead of time for arrival and parking instructions.
ABC Law & Farm Winery Regulations:
Consumption of our wine ONLY is allowed on property grounds during public business hours. No other alcohol, open or closed, is permitted on the grounds due to Farm Winery regulations and ABC law.
We reserve our tasting room and patio grounds for food sold on the property only. There are picnic and lawn areas reserved for folks who would like to bring their own food to enjoy with our wines.
We allow dogs in the patio and garden area as long as they are leashed. Dogs are generally not permitted inside the tasting room….another guest might be allergic.
We love to share our beautiful property and views with the public, especially on Instagram! As we are a private farm, we ask that Formal photography (such as photo shoots or engagement photos) please call the tasting room ahead of time to request permission & best time of day. Times are usually granted during public hours and cannot deter from fellow guest comfort. We request that all pictures posted publicly reference Hillsborough Vineyards.
We use the winery pretty much all the time however groups may reserve tours at certain times by calling or emailing the tasting room. We host occasional winery events as well which are usually advertised through our newsletter and calendar.
Frequently Asked Questions about the Wines and Vineyard Living
Q: Do you make your own wine?
A: Yes, we make all of our wine.
Q: Do you grow all your grapes?
A: We grow everything, but the Viognier and Chardonnay.
Q: What do you age your wines in, steel or oak?
A:We use neutral French Oak, Accacia Wood & stainless steel barrels for the white wine. For the red wine we use only the neutral French Oak.
Q: Are the flavors, spices, and different fruits that I taste, and smell actually added to the wine?
A: No, those flavors come from the grapes. The smell and taste of certain varietals is different from year to year and region to region. These characteristics (smells and tastes) help differentiate the wine from one another. The taste and smell of wine, can be most helpful when trying to pair the wine with food.
Q: Where do the following varieties grown on the property originate from: Roussanne, Petit Manseng, Fer Servadou, and Tannat?
A: Roussanne: Rhone Valley Grape
Petit Manseng: Jurancon which is north of the Pyreenes mountain range
Fer Servadou: From a sub-region in SW France called Gaillac
Tannat: Madiran region is SW France
These grapes thrive here as our soil is of similar terrior as the regions mentioned above.
Q: How are Hillsborough Red’s unique?
A: Before releasing our wines, we like to age them a bit longer than other Virginia wineries to give them a softer and creamier taste. We typically prefer to release our reds in 4-5 years past their vintage date, the whites at least 1 year. The vintage date represents the year the grapes were harvested. We don’t filter our reds in the winery because it strips flavor and thins out the wine. We recommend decanting each bottle using a stainless steel filter before serving it at home as we do here in the tasting room. This not only removes the sediment but also aerates the wine opening up the flavors.
Q: Where do you make the wine?
A: The wine is made, and stored in the building with the silo, which is located on the other end of the property.
Q: What does the term “Brix” mean?
A: Itʼs a unit of measurement for the amount of sugar left in the wine. This corresponds with the percentage of residual sugar. Defined by Wikipedia: Degrees Brix (symbol °Bx) is a unit representative of the sugar content of an aqueous solution. One degree Brix corresponds to 1 gram of sucrose in 100 grams of solution and thus represents the strength of the solution as a percentage by weight (% w/w) (strictly speaking, by mass).
Q: How old is the actual vineyard?
A: The vines were planted by the Baki family in 2001, which was when the property was purchased. The tasting room opened to the public for the sale of the wine in 2003.
Q: What is a “porch pounder” (referring to Serefina pairing)?
A: On a hot summer day when you are on your porch, patio, etc…, a cold glass of Serefina is refreshing, so refreshing that you could drink more of it than you planned. It’s basically a patio wine, thatʼs good for hot days in the sun.
Q: Can we eat or purchase the grapes?
A: No. Our grapes have thick skins, and seeds, which would be bitter to most. They are specifically for winemaking, therefore we do not sell them to the public.