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Michael Shaps Wineworks

Michael Shaps Wineworks Founded in 2007, Virginia Wineworks is a partnership of Philip Stafford and Michael Shaps. Located in the former Montdomaine winery just 12 miles south of Charlottesville, Virginia Wineworks is a multifaceted winery operation. Virginia Wineworks produces wines under the Virginia Wineworks label as well as the Michael Shaps label. In addition we are focused on the increasing the popularity of custom winemaking. "Custom crush" as it is known, allows individuals, grape growers and wineries to use our expertise and facility to create wines for their own brand.


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1781 Harris Creek Way, Charlottesville, VA, US, 22902 Email:
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Made in a traditional old world style, this is a heavily extracted wine designed to highlight the aging potential of Cabernet Franc. The grapes were harvested at ultimate maturity (25 brix) and the wine went through an extended maceration for six weeks. This Cabernet Franc has rich dark fruit aromas and a hint of spice. The tannin extraction is evident, but does not overwhelm the wine. The concentration of fruit, balanced by oak provides for a lengthy finish. This wine will be evolving for the next ten years. 250 cases produced
This Chardonnay is produced from grapes grown at the Wild Meadow Vineyard in Hillsboro, Virginia using the Dijon clone #96 and fermented with a native yeast strain. This wine was made in 50% new oak with a native fermentation?that lasted six weeks. The result is a Chardonnay with unique character. The native yeast fermentation has produced a complexity of aromas that are held together with the richness of French oak. The “sur lies” aging gives the wine weight and complexity that integrates well with the acidity and fruit structure. With special care and attention to details, this wine shows that Virginia can make an elegant Chardonnay with a lot of character
Becoming one of Virginia’s rising stars, Petit Verdot is well suited for the Virginia climate and soil. A small lot production of a very dark aromatic red, this wine has wonderful spice and floral notes. The color is reflective of the concentration of flavors. Having been in French oak for eighteen months, the wine is rich, with bold tannins, a lot of structure and depth. This is a young wine that has great aging potential.
The latest release is from the fantastic 2008 vintage. Our style of Viognier has not changed. Harvested at 23 brix to retain brightness and balance, the wine was soaked overnight on the skins prior to pressing and fermentation. We believe in producing a Viognier that has aromatic intensity as well as texture and palate structure. As in previous vintages that have won national acclaim, this wine expresses classic peach, apricot, and floral notes. The mouthfeel is layered with citrus, anise and has great length. This is a dry Viognier with crisp flavors that pair with most shellfish and seafood.
  WineWorks Norton
A fun wine with aromas of blueberry and bubble gum. The deep, dark color is similar to a heavily tannic wine, but this native grape produces an easy-drinking wine with an abundance of fruit and berries and a good amount of acidity. A great match with game dishes and strong cheese.
  WineWorks Red
A Bordeaux blend with a bit of Norton to add weight and complexity. Earthy aromas, leather and spice evokes thoughts of an old-world style. On the palate, forward yet evolved tannins give this wine structure and grace. Traditional red fruit notes such as cherry and raspberry balance perfectly with a touch of oak. This ready-to-drink style suits many everyday meals.
  WineWorks Rose'
A dry Rose' created from Touriga grapes. The grapes were crushed and soaked overnight on the skins prior to pressing. This is a classic dry rose' with great color and fresh acidity with hints of strawberry and cherries. This wine is refreshing on hot summer days.
  WineWorks White
A bright floral and citrusy blend of two very compatible grape varieties. Made in stainless steel tanks to highlight the fruit character, this is wine has all the elements of a spring and summer quaffer. The aromatic intensity is very inviting; the palate is dry and crisp with enough acidity to match up to many food pairings.


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