Octagon: A Wine Story Of Founding Fathers And French Grapes

The barrels that house Octagon are made of French oak. (Courtesy of Barboursville Vineyards)

D.C. knows all about Founding Fathers. From Washington to Madison, Monroe to Hamilton, the area is bursting at the seams with their influence.

But one Founding Father — that fiery redhead, Thomas Jefferson — went a step further in his contributions to the nation by encouraging the growth of French grapes for spectacular wines produced locally.

Barboursville Vineyards, a large-production facility near Charlottesville, Va., has embraced the idea of French grapes in a big way. On land that was once tended by Jefferson, the vineyard has established a wine that may just be worthy of the man himself — Octagon.

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An agricultural flair: Virginia’s wine scene is primed for adventures

Virginia wines on display at the International Wine and Food Fest. Courtesy of Jessica Strelitz.

When local wine writer Jessica Strelitz moved to the D.C. area in 1999, she knew there was Virginia wine to be tried.

After over a decade of sipping, savoring and talking with winemakers all over the state, she talked with GlassifiedDC about ideas and tips for anyone looking to get involved in Virginia wine culture  — or anyone that just wants a great bottle of local wine.

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