History & Geography
The primary vineyard was planted in 2008 by the Vrooman family, formerly of Virginia Beach, Christine & Dennis and their winemaker son, Nathan. Because of their site, they decided to plant the Burgundian grape of Pinot Noir that does well in cooler, well-drained sites on a slope. Previously considered a grape unsuitable for Virginia climate and soil, the Vroomans, on their site, defied the odds and surprised the wine industry with the quality of their Pinot Noir with their first vintage of 2010. In 2017, an additional four acres were planted of more Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and also Gamay. Their property adjoins the National Forest and offers a place of tranquility, where the air is fresh and sheep graze openly, embracing the meaning of the ancient Sumerian word, "Ankida" meaning "where heaven and earth join."