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Press Mentions

Here are some recent press mentions and reviews about Ingleside (listed in alphabetical order):

Appellation America


Ingleside and its growing area were mentioned in an article entitled “Embracing Virginia’s Terroir,” by wine expert and the author of Beyond Jefferson’s Vines, Richard Leahy.

“The sandy loam soils of the Eastern Shore and the Northern Neck seem to produce wines most well-defined by fresh, forward, bright and lively fruit. Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio and Merlot are strong, though some wineries (especially Ingleside Vineyards) are finding Petit Verdot is surprisingly strong here with a lot of depth and complexity. Blind tasting wines on texture and balance, you’d be tempted to name Bordeaux, which is not surprising considering the Atlantic location and similar soils (as well as a cooling maritime influence in summer).”

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Coastal Living Magazine


Ingleside was selected as one of “The Coast’s Best Wine Vacations.”

“Near the Chesapeake Bay, on Virginia’s historic Northern Neck, Ingleside Vineyards welcomes wine vacationers to two rental cottages. The two-story Pointe at Liberty Farm home overlooks the Rappahannock River…”

Old Town Crier


Ingleside was featured in a story in Alexandria, VA’s Old Town Crier entitled “Ingleside Vineyards: Still Making History” in November 2012.

“After thirty years in the Virginia Wine business, one might think awards and accolades become old hat…  Receiving Gold and Double Gold Medals for their 2007 Petit Verdot Reserve and Petit Verdot respectively is proof positive that Proprietor Doug Flemer, Winemaker Bill Swain and the balance of the Ingleside team are not content to rest on their rich history of winemaking but continue to innovate… Wine is always about a place; Ingleside is a place rich in heritage, unique mesoclimates and high quality winemaking.”

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Richmond Magazine


This article on wine & history getaways from Richmond Magazine offers a review of Ingleside and our vacation rentals, as well as other activities in the area.

“Established in 1980, Ingleside Vineyards has won both state and international awards for its wines… Near the vineyard are several historic sites. So there’s enough to do for a weekend as well as a day trip… With such a diversity of wines, there is something for everyone… A guided tour of the vineyard and wine cellars is free and provides an insider’s look at the winemaking process…

For those looking to indulge in a weekend getaway, sipping a glass of wine on a secluded waterfront property overlooking the Rappahannock River might sound inviting… The Pointe is a two-story river house with contemporary design offering views of the wildlife estuary. It features a loft, bedroom and a spacious deck on which to appreciate sunsets… Located on the premises of Ingleside Estate, Summerton at Roxbury Pond is a more convenient destination in terms of mileage — Ingleside Winery is within walking distance. The charming A-frame cabin offers views of Roxbury Estate Pond…”

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Richmond Times-Dispatch


Ingleside was the feature of an article entitled, “Ingleside Produces Standouts,” focusing on our Premium & Black Label series wines:

“You’ve probably seen the bright-blue crab on the labels of wine bottles that Ingleside Vineyards calls its Blue Crab series. Or the label with three sails that the Oak Grove-based winery has labeled its Chesapeake series… But Ingleside has another series, simply called Ingleside, that is not often seen in the Richmond market. Those are the wines that are taking Doug Flemer’s winery to a new level.”

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Richmond Times-Dispatch


Ingleside’s newest varietal, Albariño, was featured in an article from Jack Berninger’s Wines & Vines column in July 2014 (“Crisp Albariño Gains Popularity in Virginia”).

“Albariño, a white, crisp, lively wine often associated with northwest Spain, is starting to gain a foothold in Virginia… Ingleside’s 2012 Albariño is a summertime treat with multiple aromas and a crisp, vibrant minerality.”

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Richmond Times-Dispatch


Ingleside was featured in a 2008 article on 30 years of wine in Virginia.

“Doug Flemer succeeded where Thomas Jefferson failed. Flemer is proprietor of Ingleside Vineyards, one of a handful of wineries whose opening in the 1970s signaled the rebirth of the state’s wine industry. Three decades later, Flemer and scores of other winemakers across the state are making wines good enough to make TJ — a noted connoisseur of the fermented grape but a failure as a grapes-grower — smile and, no doubt, raise a glass.”

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snooth, the world’s largest online wine destination, selected Ingleside to represent Virginia in the article “13 Original Colony Wines – Patriotic wineries for Independence Day” in July 2011.

“Ingleside Vineyards is not only one of the state’s oldest and largest wineries, it also is incredibly historic. Originally a boys’ school known as Washington Academy, the vineyard was also used as a garrison during the Civil War and was at one time a Virginia courthouse.”

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Southern Living


Ingleside is listed as one of “The South’s Best Wineries” in Southern Living’s guide to wineries around the South.

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The Virginia Grape


The Virginia Grape named Ingleside one of “10 Must-Visit Virginia Wineries.”

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Virginia Wine Lover Magazine


Ingleside’s Virginia Brut sparkling wine was featured on the cover of the Summer/Fall 2013 issue of Virginia Wine Lover Magazine. Ingleside was also mentioned in the “Popping the Cork” section, as well as in the feature story on wine & oysters in the Northern Neck region of Virginia. Winners from the 2013 VWL Wine Classic were also announced in the issue, with Ingleside receiving 1 Platinum, 7 Golds and 2 Silvers.

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Virginia Wine Gazette


Ingleside was one of several Virginia wineries featured in the article, “Winery Weddings: Romance Rules in Virginia.”

“There’s no telling how many romances have been kindled in Ingleside’s dimly lit barrel room, where white lights trail behind a private tasting bar, and tall tables are set for a private têtê ẚ têtê. The space has a medieval feel to it, making for an intimate rehearsal dinner. The white lights continue outside into the European-styled courtyard, which seats up to 300 for a catered reception.”

VA Wine in My Pocket (iPhone app)


Ingleside is featured in the “Favorite Wineries” section of this popular Virginia wine iPhone app and is described as the “(Cool) Granddaddy of the Northern Neck.”

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Virginia Wine in My Pocket (blog & website)


“…after decades of pouring wine for passersby, the popular winery has become as much a part of the Northern Neck as blue crabs, oysters, corn and soybeans.”

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Virginia Pour House


The Virginia Pour House blog chronicles travels through Virginia Wine Country and recently did a feature story on Ingleside entitled, “Where History and Damn Fine Wines Collide.” The story offers an extensive review of Ingleside and its wines. 

Pinot Grigio 2011: “The Pinot offers up aromas of pear and subtle hints of green apple, smooth crisp apple and fruit flavors, and finishes very crisp and clean. This is a PERFECT wine to pair with a variety of dishes, including seafood, some light chicken dishes, a nice salad, or even by itself..”

Sangiovese 2008: “…my FAVORITE wine from Ingleside… Instantly I could detect subtle hints of oak and dried cherry, and the palate was pleased with luscious flavors of light plum and dark cherry, medium bodied, and a finish complimented by a soft tannin structure that lingered for what seemed like minutes…”

Petit Verdot Reserve 2007: “I was actually quite impressed with floral bouquet on the nose of this Reserve, the spice flavors that carried across the palate and finish, and the tannin structure on this was perfectly balanced and round for such a robust wine. There is no wonder why this took home the GOLD Medal in the 2012 San Diego Int’l Competition, as well as a Silver in the Virginia Governor’s Cup this year.”

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Washingtonian Magazine


Ingleside was written about in the May 2014 issue of Washingtonian Magazine. The theme of the issue was Weekend Getaways and the article described wineries and attractions in the Northern Neck region of Virginia.

“The granddaddy of Northern Neck wineries is Ingleside Vineyards… with free daily tours and a courtyard for relaxing. The budget-friendly Chesapeake Chardonnay is a favorite summer sipper. Two waterfront cottages are available too.”

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Washington Post


In October 2013, Ingleside’s Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2007 was named one of “5 Washington Area Wines to Try” by the Washington Post. We also received a mention in the feature article about regional wines.

“This award-winning cabernet — Best of Class at Atlantic Seaboard — has textbook black-currant flavor with hints of smoke and spice. Drink with steak, roast beast or conversation by the fire.”

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Washington Post


Ingleside’s Petit Verdot 2008 was selected as a recommended Virginia wine by the Washington Post in an October 2012 article.

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Wine Enthusiast Magazine


Wine Enthusiast Magazine reviewed Ingleside’s 2006 Pinot Grigio:

“Good acidity, balance and flavor typifies this elegant Pinot Grigio. Unlike many of the PGs on the market, this one has some depth, but it’s still soft enough to appeal to most fans of the variety. The finish lingers, too—another plus in a sea of lean, mean competitors.

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Winery Weddings in Virginia Magazine


Ingleside was featured in the Fall 2012 issue of Winery Weddings in Virginia Magazine (pages 22-23):

“A relaxed, laid-back atmosphere and exceptional wine selection at Ingleside Vineyards beckons visitors to embrace the casual lifestyle of Chesapeake Bay’s Northern Neck region… With rich history and award winning wines, Ingleside has proven to be a stunning wedding venue.

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Yahoo! Voices


In 2012, Ingleside was named one of the “Top 3 Virginia Wine Day Trip Destinations” by Yahoo! Voices.

“Ingleside is located on the scenic Northern Neck peninsula in the Chesapeake Bay region. Production began in 1980, making this one of the older wineries in Virginia… Ingleside offers an Old World atmosphere thanks to a picturesque courtyard complete with a fountain in the center… visitors can easily spend a relaxed afternoon with a bottle of wine and some cheese from the shop.”

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