For Skippers Creek, True Integrity Is the Path to World-Class Wine
Skippers Creek Vineyard may seem hard to find. It’s tucked away on a small, scenic road in Powhatan, Virginia. However, when people do find it, some things become immediately apparent. Skippers creek is small and unique, and it’s amazing! People love to use the phrase “hidden gem” to describe it.
Before it was transformed into a beautiful vineyard, the land on Rocky Ford Road was once a pasture for dairy cows. When Debbie Zacharias received the land from her father it was no longer being used for dairy farming. As she looked out upon the lush landscape she was struck with inspiration: Plant viniferous grapes. Make wine.
Debbie and her husband Chuck planted the first vines in 2009. They started with an acre as a hobby. It yielded six tons of grapes, which turned into 168 cases of wine. After that they knew that wine making was not “just” a hobby.
Debbie and Chuck take wine making very seriously. They put their backs, their hearts, and their minds into every grape grown and every bottle corked. As their Facebook page reads, “The hard work remains hard but rewarding.”
Sometimes making excellent wine is hard in ways other than physical labor and mental planning. Making something special that connects with customers on a deep level requires more than just strong hands and a sharp mind; it requires a strong spirit too.
Debbie finished picking some Viognier grapes after the harsh 2015 winter. As they were running through the press Chuck discovered that the chemistry of the entire section was bad. Heartbreak. Despite the countless hours of hard work and despite what it might mean for production, Debbie and Chuck loved their product so much that they decided not to use the grapes. That is true integrity in action. Of the incident, Chuck said, “It’s more important to make excellent wine—not gonna make mediocre wine.”
Excellent wine is exactly what they make at Skipper’s Creek Vineyard. For total newbies Debbie recommends “Blonde,” a semi-sweet white Merlot with hints of honeysuckle. The Merriwether, a blend of Cab Franc, Merlot, and Petite Verdot with hints of black cherry and plum, is a crowd favorite.
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Skippers Creek Vineyard
965 Rocky Ford Rd
Powhatan, VA 23139
Purchase Skippers Creek’s unparalleled fine wines at festivals and at the winery. Make sure to pick up a bottle or two at the 68th Shad Planking and Grapes & Grains Festival. Do not miss out. Debbie and Chuck will ship their wines directly to you within Virginia.