Elk Island Winery is named for the 1300 acre island in the James River, originally part of Thomas Jefferson’s Elk Hill farm, adjacent to our farm. Our passion for rural life, agriculture and our love of wine resulted in the planting of our first 4 acre vineyard and Elk Island winery. Our farm, Lower Byrd Farm, is situated at the confluence of Byrd Creek and the James River and grows row crop grains. Our estate vineyard is planted in Norton, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc, Albarino, Melot, Petit Verdot and Dornfelder and small plantings of many white vinifera. We also grow Chardonnay, Tannat, Vidal, Chambourcin, Dornfelder, and Petit Verdot on other vineyards in Goochland.
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