While still living in Virginia Beach back in 1999, the Vrooman family purchased a forested piece of land high on a mountainside in rural Amherst County for their future retirement retreat. A series of serendipitous events led them on an unexpected journey of growing the "impossible" .. Pinot Noir
The rest is history.
• 37°42’ N x 79°10’W
• Chestnut Ridge, Blue Ridge Mountains, Amherst County, Virginia
• Elevation 1625 – 1800ft with steep SE and S aspect
• Ancient, weathered Charnokite granite soils over one billion years old
• 6 acres under vine on site : Varieties: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Gamay
Our flock of sheep play a vital role in our environmentally sensitive vineyard practices, massaging the soil, adding nutrients, helping with weed control and providing us with valuable compost to add back to our vineyard soils.
Our chickens help us with insect control in the vineyard and provide us with fresh eggs as well.
Our dogs, Lucci and Guppie, help to protect the farm animals and provide lots of entertainment for our tasting room guests
Dec 9, 12-5pm
FETE de NOEL w/ Christmas Carol Sing-a-long
Oysters & Neapolitan Pizza by VA Furnace
*** In addition to these events, West from VA Furnace will be here to serve up his Raw or Roasted Oysters and Neapolitan Pizzas the following dates:
TASTING ROOM HOURS
MARCH: SAT & SUN 12-5pm
APRIL - DEC: FRI, SAT and SUN: 12-5pm
In season, Ankida Ridge is open on all three levels of the property, the Lower Grounds, Winery and Tasting Room (both indoors and outdoors) and at the Overlook (AWD or 4WD vehicles required)
SEE US. HEAR US. TASTE US.
Ankida wines can be enjoyed at the following highly esteemed, luxury locations, along with numerous other restaurants and shops of distinction
The Inn at Little Washington, Washington, VA
Blackberry Farms, Merryville, TN
Marigold - Keswick Hall, Keswick, VA
Primland - an Auberge Resort, Meadows of Dan, VA
READ ABOUT US
The Washington Post
Food & Wine Magazine
The Financial Times of London
The Smithsonian Channel
Ankida Ridge Pinot Noir 2019
James Suckling- 93 points
Ankida Ridge Pinot Noir Reserve 2017
James Suckling - 93 points
Ankida Ridge Chardonnay 2019
James Suckling - 91 points
Ankida was invited to the prestigious
IPNC - International Pinot Noir Celebration - 2016
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Exciting News! Ankida has been Selected to be First VA Winery to Host an AMA Waterways' Wine River Cruise!
We'll be visiting Budapest, Austria, Czech Republic and Germany. And the famed Christmas Markets will be opening for the season!
Christine will be the Wine Host for the cruise. We have a large group of VA wine lovers already signed up!
Discounted price of $1250 per ticket will end Sept 30, 2023. We now only have available 4 of our 40 allocated rooms! Join the VA Wine Lovers party!