Bozzo Family Vineyards Profile
Written by Brian—Sep 17, 2019
Although Loudoun is home to more wineries than any other Virginia county, many are not worthy of note. So it is always encouraging when a new producer comes on the scene displaying real potential. Bozzo Family Vineyards on Charles Town Pike near Purcellville is decidedly one of these.
Following a successful career as an attorney, Steve Bozzo shifted gears and made the move to viticulture. Even a short conversation with Bozzo will reveal his passion for the agricultural aspects of the work. He has done his homework and understands the importance of good fruit. Moreover, Bozzo recognizes that minimal intervention in the winemaking process pay dividends in the quality of his wine. His philosophy is to allow the wine to express both the growing season and the terroir.
Unlike many Loudoun wineries, Bozzo is growing his own grapes and not sourcing any fruit outside Virginia. As of this writing, there are just over 8 acres of estate vines and potential for one additional acre on the property. Bozzo is looking to lease or purchase other vineyard sites elsewhere in the Commonwealth.
Bozzo is also making his own wine. The six varieties of estate fruit, when fully mature, will yield between 1000 and 2000 cases annually. The eventual production goal is closer to 5000, but that will require more fruit and some investments in infrastructure.
The best indicator of long-term success is the quality of the Bozzo wines. I tasted few a few of them and they are uniformly well crafted. The rosé (aka Harle Rose) is a lovely summer sipper with bright watermelon and strawberry notes, but the Bordeaux blend (2nd Act) is nothing short of remarkable. With structured tannins and dark fruit it is a relatively complex wine that really needs to be paired with a meal. It is no wonder that an earlier vintage won gold in the Virginia Governor’s Cup.
Bozzo Family Vineyards is definitely a Northern Virginia winery to keep an eye on. Make an effort to drop in and see for yourself. After your visit, please let me know what you think.