There have been a lot of newcomers to Virginia wine over the last few decades and while Reynard Florence is only a few years old, founders and proprietors Roe and Dee Allison are no strangers to the rolling hills of the Blue Ridge.To visit Reynard Florence Vineyard on your trip to Barboursville, use our Barboursville online attractions planner.
Roe was born and raised in Somerset, Virginia, in Orange County and attended local schools. Dee and Roe met 40 years ago and courted while he was at the University of Virginia and she at Mary Baldwin College.
The two, purchased the land where Reynard Florence is located shortly after they were married in 1976. Roe and Dee built their house in 1980 which overlooks the vineyard today. The couple raised their two sons, who also attended local schools, in that home.
Instilled with a firm belief in maximizing the land's potential, Roe and Dee began planning a vineyard on the land where they had built their lives.
Roe and Dee attended Piedmont Virginia Community College's initial enology and viticulture programs. Graduating in 2006, they both hold certificates in Enology and Viticulture.
Believing that good wine starts in the vineyard, Roe drew from his experience in the building business and skill as a carpenter in planning the vineyard’s design. A high cordon wire to minimize frost, proper spacing for optimal growth, and high, layered guide wires that maximize sunlight and canopy management are all examples of the craftsmanship you'll find at Reynard Florence.
Breaking ground in April '06 with only one half acre Petit Manseng vines, Reynard Florence has since expanded to include over 1.5 acres of Grenache, Petit Verdot, and Merlot. Under the direction of veteran vineyard consultant Chris Hill and winemaker Michael Shaps, Reynard Florence’s premier vintage in 2009 of Petit Manseng reflected not only the Allison’s love for the region, but also the care that went into the vineyard’s design and vine maintenance.
Reynard Florence Vineyard reviews
This is a gem in the rough. Great selection of really nice wines. The owners were gracious and welcoming. Went on a Sunday and they had live music on the back deck. It was a great visit. more »
This small winery was a great addition to our 2-day wine venture into the Ruckersville, VA area. They concentrate on dry wines and produce some very nice products. The Petit Manseng, Rose, Recherche..... more »
Of the five wineries we visited this weekend this was one of our favorites. Quaint small family owned. The owners were at the tasting and were outstanding hosts. Highly recommend to stop by if you get the chance
Reynard Florence is a true gem on the Virginia wine trail. Each wine is carefully handcrafted and the quality of each bottle is apparent. The owners’ passion for wine is contagious and this winery’s atmosphere and setting are second to none! Come for a tasting, stay for the company!
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