Mediterranean Cellars Profile
Written by Brian—Jul 21, 2014
Louis Papadopoulos started making wine in his native Greece and continued making wine for the next 55 years. After finishing a successful career in the United States, he decided to pursue his passion as more than a hobby and purchased a tract of land in Central Fauquier County. In 2003, Louis opened Mediterranean Cellars and began making wine from 100% estate-grown fruit.
Mediterranean is a small boutique, craft winery, that’s not as fancy as some of the big operations further north. What sets them apart from those large wineries, however, is their emphasis on hospitality. They give each visitor as much personal attention as possible. On top of this, you can do a personal tasting with Louis and there are all sorts of schedules and options for such an event. But every visitor experiences the personal touch applied by the tasting room staff.
Wendy, my wine steward, epitomized Mediterranean’s credo of hospitality. She took her time, told stories and engaged in the light banter of an expertly conducted wine tasting. She poured a total of eleven wines and our conversation mingled with all the elements of the tasting.
We started with a Chardonnay that had seen time in stainless steel and oak. It had a slightly oaky nose that was followed by nice apple and pear notes and slight buttery nuances in the finish. There was also an excellent Viognier, but the surprise among the whites was was a Moscato that showed only its natural fruit. It was not done in the style of a traditional dessert wine and was dry with a beautiful herbal nose. It was a very interesting wine, that also receives big points for originality.
Every red on the tasting menu was six or seven years old. Reds were all 2007 and 2008 vintages. All were expertly crafted. Among them was my top pick and the real star of the tasting. The 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon spent 27 months in oak. It had lots of black fruit, real complexity and a little bit of pepper in a very long finish. It could hold its own against any Cab Sauv of that vintage.
Following the tasting, Wendy took me on a quick tour of the adjoining rooms, which offer space for groups or corporate events. The terrace at the front of the building provides seating and a spectacular view of the vineyards and surrounding hills. It’s a lovely property.
If you are seeking great wines and an unparalleled customer experience in a location that offers a bit of old-world charm, Mediterranean Cellars is calling your name. If you’re near Warrenton in Central Fauquier, you need to stop in.