Press, News & Reviews

Ankida Ridge Press, News & Views!

December, 2017… James Melendez’ Jamesthewineguy.wordpress.comTop 100 Wines of 2017

July 2017… Piedmont Virginian magazine… Love At First Flight

July 2017… “okra” Magazine… “Keeping It All In The Family” print publication

July, 2017… Place Matters- Revisiting Ankida Ridge.

Dec, 2016… C-ville Magazine… Ankida Ridge Survives Threat to Vines & Home

Dec, 2016… Food&Wine.comBest Virginia Wineries to Visit

Nov, 2016… Washington PostFive Thanksgiving Wines to Be Thankful For

Aug 2016… Washington Post, IPNC feature… Where Pinot Fans Gather, Virginia Makes a Splash

July 2016… New York Magazine… Drink and Dine in Virginia’s Piedmont Region

May 2016… Food &… The Best Virginia Wines and Their Classic Region Counterparts by Erin Scala


Mar, 2016… Washington PostA nice piece on spring in the vineyard

Feb, 2016… Ankida Ridge Chardonnay 2014 wins a GOLD MEDAL in the Virginia Governor’s Cup Wine Competition (first and only Ankida Ridge entry in a wine competition)

Feb 2016…… “Ankida Ridge Vineyards Chardonnay 2013

Jan 2016… Humble Steward, Virginian Pilot… “Wineries in Virginia, North Carolina producing excellent bottles

Nov 2015…“Top 10 Vineyards in Virginia”

Oct 2015… The Virginia Pourhouse“The Little Burgundy of Virginia”

Sept 2015… The VA Grape“Ten Must Visit Virginia Wineries”

Aug 2015…… Listed in “The 11 American Wineries With Breathtaking Views

Aug 2015..Everyday With Rachael Ray.. Ankida is included in “Must Visit Wineries

Nov 2014… A great video including Ankida Ridge Pinot Noir by Dave McIntyre of The Washington Post on Selecting your Thanksgiving wine!   Watch video here.

Nov 2014….  Smithsonian Channel documentary entitled, “The United States of Drinking,”  Here’s a clip from the Ankida segment!

Nov 2014 …. In Food & Wine’s “Buying Guide 2015,” Ankida is included as one of the 500 most exciting producers across the country. … “Winemaker Nathan Vrooman is looking to alter the paradigm here as he boldly makes Pinot Noir where no Pinot has gone before.”

Aug 2014… A great review from renowned Texas wine blogger, “Rockinredblog“, “Burgundy Wine in Virginia? Absolutely!”

Aug 2014… And some love from Washington state wine writer, William Pollard’s,, Wine of the Week

July 2014… From San Diego, our Pinot was listed in “Top 10 Wines for Your 4th of July Bar-B-Q” and included in the esteemed Protocol Wine Studio’s Wine Club

June 2014…. Listed as a “Hidden Gem” in VA Wine in My Pocket

June 2014:    Wine writer Richard Leahy reviews our 2012 Pinot and 2013 Chardonnay

January 2014:    The American Winery Guide: Ankida Ridge is five stars across the board!…Top of the list of Top Virginia Wineries

Oct, 2013:    C-ville Weekly: …” its wines are some of the best I’ve had in Virginia.”…  “Ankida Ridge Vineyards Grows Uncommon Virginia Grapes and Treats You Like Family

October 2013:   Food & Wine magazine: …”Propelled by a startlingly good Virginia Pinot Noir, a star sommelier zips through the hilly wine country between Atlanta and Washington, DC,   “A Road Trip into the Heart of American Terroir

September  2013:    Virginia Wine Time: …the small winery located in Amherst, Virginia that has made a very big name for itself in a short amount of time,” “A Visit to “Little Burgundy”

April, 2013…. An honor to be included in this great piece in The Washington Post, “10 Mid-Atlantic Wineries Worth Exploring

Jan, 2013….. David Schildknecht, world-renowned wine critic and writer for Robert Parker’s “Wine Advocate”                                    Ankida Ridge 2010 Pinot Noir : ….  “a mouthwatering, multi-dimensional, mindset-mending demonstration of what’s possible in Virginia’s Blue Ridge from virgin vines and green vintners whose hands were forced into an early August harvest by heat. Speaking of which, late-August picking last year only just escaped Hurricane Irene; and given the quality of that fruit as well as some changes of regimen in their tiny but well-equipped cellar, I expect the Vrooman’s 2011 to shake-up lots of tasters and their preconceptions.

Nov, 2012:   SAVEUR magazine includes an article on “37 Great American Wines.”  Our 2010 Pinot Noir is amongst this honored list!

Sept, 2011:  Jancis Robinson… One of “Virginia’s Top Picks,”…”a new and exciting producer

Dec, 2011:  Dave McIntyre, of The Washington PostAmazing Pinot Noir,” An insider’s pick… that “wowed the crowd”  



 Richard Leahy, wine critic, author and writer of “The Richard Leahy Report”… Ankida Ridge Pinot Noir 2011… “The new, small, Burgundian-style winery Ankida Ridge high in Amherst County is not only focused and passionate, but has done their homework from the ground up, hiring viticulturist Lucie Morton and paying attention to every detail in the process. The result is the most remarkable pinot noir I’ve had from the Eastern U.S..  “the best wine in the state made in a wet harvest could be this pinot noir!” Ankida Ridge Chardonnay 2011… ““If you want elegance and finesse in Virginia chardonnay, here’s one you don’t want to miss.”… Nov, 2012

Post by Market Street Wineshop, Charlottesville, VA,  ”Yes, Virginia, there is good local pinot noir!” “Ankida Ridge is the most exciting Virginia winery in the last several years for one simple reason: they make a great Pinot Noir.Pinot Noir has been called the “heartbreak grape” because it’s famously hard to grow, especially in Virginia. Well, dry your eyes, because Ankida Ridge has done the impossible. Their Chard and Pinot recently wowed wine critics from The New York times and The Washington Post as well as famed British wine writer Jancis Robinson. For what it’s worth, we loved them too!” Dec, 2012


Ankida Ridge 2015 ~ “It Was A Very Good Year”

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