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Our Philosophy

We believe that as stewards of the land we must protect and preserve our natural resources while seeking the highest and best use.  Our goals include producing fine wines and helping the land become vibrant with activity that harmonizes with nature.  Sustainable agriculture must be obtained by renewing and revitalizing the land in every aspect of the vineyard and winemaking process.  We have an environmental responsibility to ensure that the way of life shared by our neighbors is here for generations to come.  Thank you for becoming a partner in this collaboration by purchasing our end product. Virginia has proven that world class premium fine wines can be grown here

Recycling the leavings from a grape crush is one of the ways we return nutrients to the soil

  • Sound viticultural practices

  • Pest spray monitoring

  • Site specific grape variety selection

  • Canopy management

  • Cover crops between rows & vineyard blocks

  • Leaf sampling - nutrient assessment

  • Quality assurance - juice analysis


 We believe in the philosophy that fine wine is made in the vineyard and that only the best grapes can make great wine.

History

Belle Mount Vineyards was founded in 2002 by Ray and Catherine Petrie. The Winery was initially an effort to make better use of the topographically challenged land on the estate originally known as Belle Mount. Three Mounts are in existence in Richmond County with the historic landmarks Grove Mount and Mount Airy on each side. Belle Mount is the "Beautiful Hill" between them overlooking the Rappahannock River and Cat Point Creek.

Since modest beginnings in 2002, with the planting of a few hundred vines the current vineyards have over eight acres of vines, Belle Mount has blossomed into a small, super-premium winery that focuses on small lots of handcrafted, vineyard-designated varietals. The tasting room and gift shop opened in 2005 and current harvest levels range between 1,000 to 3,000 annual cases depending on the vintage.

Our current team consists of Winemaker Ray Petrie, and Director of Operations Catherine Petrie. Our focus at the winery is devoted to the production of high quality varietals beginning in the vineyards with careful, attentive management to achieve mouth-watering, truly physiologically ripe fruit and continuing in the cellar with small lots, minimal handling, and slow fermentation to express the flavor potential of each grape variety.

Belle Mount currently grows most of the fruit on our 243 acre estate. Our winemaking efforts begin by ensuring that the vineyard produces the highest quality fruit with strong emphasis on low tonnages and low-input farming practices for natural plant balance.

This dedication to quality has resulted in the production of high quality premium wines representing the greatest potential in the Northern Neck - Chesapeake Bay region.

Over the next several years, Belle Mount intends to maintain production levels at 1,000-3,000 annual cases, the bulk of which will be sold at the winery and a few select wine shops within Virginia. The Winery is located near Warsaw on Newland road.

And now about Belle Mount and the Northern Neck. A neck is a colonial term for a peninsula. Along Virginia's Chesapeake Bay region the most northern peninsula is the Northern Neck. With breezes from the river, gentle rolling hills and abundant game the land here provided an opportunity for those seeking to get away from the increasing population of Jamestown and Williamsburg. From the headwaters of the Rappahannock and Potomac Rivers to the Chesapeake Bay the Northern Neck Proprietary was taking shape.

A 1707 land grant from the King of England to Joseph Belfield created Belle Mount in the heart of historyland. George Washington's Birthplace, the ancestral home of Robert E. Lee, and many colonial plantations are located here. Today the quiet countryside provides a retreat from the hurried lifestyle of metropolitan centers. Our population is growing slowly and one day will reach the level attained at the time of the Revolutionary War. Meanwhile our wines age gracefully as they await your enjoyment.