Keswick Vineyards is located on the historic 400 acre Edgewood Estate in Keswick, Virginia. The estate property's history is long and storied. The land was part of the original 1727 Nicholas Meriwether Crown Grant that comprised nearly 18,000 acres on the east side of the Southwest Mountains. The house on the property was build in 1764 by Dr. Thomas Walker, a close friend of George Washington and the Jefferson family, who helped explore the Cumberland Gap, the first "doorway to the West," and who also created the locally famous apple varietal, the Albemarle pippin. Almost one hundred years later, Edgewood Estate became the stopping point during another American war. Confederate General James A. Longstreet's troops were moved from East Tennessee to Charlottesville in April of 1864 to prepare for the Battle of the Wilderness.
Upon purchasing their estate, owners Al and Cindy Schornberg, dedicated themselves to the goal of producing the finest wines in Virginia. Keswick's winemaker, Stephen Barnard of South African, is an accomplished and award winning winemaker. His specialty is Viognier, but he's also crafty when it comes to the many other varietals from the vineyards, including: Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvigon, Malbec, Merlot, Norton, Petite Verdot, Syrah, Touriga, Verdejo and Viognier.