White Hall Vineyards quickly established itself as a producer of fine wine in Virginia, winning the Virginia industry’s most significant competition ~ the Governor’s cup ~ twice in succession: 1997 & 1998. Today, the winery continues to gain recognition within the state and, with increasing frequency, on a national basis.
Owners Tony and Edie Champ set the tone for the winery’s signature style: a fruit-forward richer taste than is typical in Virginia. The Champs’ preferences were originally influenced by exploring the California wine industry in the 1960’s. They honed their palates on wines of the world during their time in Manhattan. White Hall wines, however, are true to the context of Virginia, expressing both the terroir of its estate vineyards and the elegance which is a hallmark of Virginia’s top wines.
The Estate Vineyards were established in 1992 with 6 acres comprised of Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc. Over time Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Muscat, and Touriga Nacional were added, and more recently, Viognier, Petit Verdot and Petit Manseng, bringing the total plantings to 45 acres.
The Champs selected this Albemarle County site for its combination of open land, glorious scenery, and the local community which strongly supports our growing wine industry. The estate’s 800 foot elevation and constant mountain breezes make this location ideal for world-class vineyards.
Altogether, these vineyards represent approximately 85% if the winery’s total production, with the balance of the grapes coming from top-quality growers.
From a winemaking standpoint, the house style is accomplished by targeting higher than average fruit maturity and aging the majority of lots sur lie. Combining attentive vineyard practices with modern winemaking techniques has resulted in the consistent production of wines of excellence.
White Hall's winemaker is Mike Panczak. Mike’s winemaking background began in California’s Santa Maria Valley, with initial experience at Qupe and later at Foxen Vineyards. After classes at Davis & Fresno, he completed his Oenology degree at Hancock College in Santa Maria. He also studied Viticulture at the post-graduate level at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo prior to a stint at Bridlewood in Santa Ynez.