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Chesapeake Bay

This historic Tidewater region of the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula falls between the Potomac and York rivers, with the Chesapeake Bay to the east. Here, in 1607, the Powhatans struck a fragile peace with the very first English settlers. Here were born three presidents—George Washington, James Madison and James Monroe—two signers of the Declaration of Independence and Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Here you'll find moments in time that have defined our history, and an endless stretch of shoreline where time stands still.

The verdant land of these peninsulas provide a mix of sandy loam soil and a temperate climate year-round. Many excellent wineries call this area home—and they, too, await your discovery. Explore the Virginia Oyster trail, experience the Urbanna Oyster Festival, or enjoy a relaxing waterfront getaway and "tide to table" dining at Tides Inn Resort in Irvington. And complement it all with wines that reflect the depth and character of this storied soil.

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The Northern Neck George Washington Birthplace AVA

The Northern Neck George Washington Birthplace AVA includes Westmoreland, King George, Northumberland, Lancaster and Richmond counties. Among its wines: Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, Vidal Blanc and Chambourcin.