The Ag District - Home of Chrysalis Vineyards & Locksley Estate Farmstead Cheese Co.
"The Ag District" is the 412acre home of Chrysalis Vineyards and the Locksley Estate Farmstead Cheese Company. We are located in scenic Loudon County, outside the village of Middleburg, Virginia.
Chrysalis Vineyards has established seventy-one acres of vineyards in the foothills of the Northern Blue Ridge & Bull Run Mountains, and has been recognized as one of the finest estate wineries on the east coast. Renowned for our Norton, Viognier and Albariï¿½o grape wines, we combine the best of modern techniques with the traditional hand-crafted winemaking methods of the Old World. We believe that our reputation for quality is the result of our commitment to detail and particularized attention to every aspect of the grape growing and the winemaking process
Of particular interest to Chrysalis Vineyards is the native American grape, Norton. In the 1800's, and up until Prohibition, Norton was internationally recognized as the source of distinctively robust red wines with overtones of berry and pitted fruits. Today the Norton grape is enjoying a resurgence of popularity, and a key element of the Chrysalis Vineyards program is to restore this great American heirloom gem to its position of eminence among fine wines. Presently we have the largest planting of Norton in the world.
We who live and work at The Ag District are also proud of our growing herd of American Milking Devon cows. The Milking Devon was the original ï¿½American Cowï¿½, brought over from North Devonshire, England in 1623. Now extremely rare, we at Locksley Estate find it appropriate that this historical, efficient, hardy, multi-purpose breed is helping us achieve our mission to see Locksley Estate be a shining example of successful rural enterprise. Currently, the American Milking Devon is listed as critically endangered by the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy. We helping to change that.
Both the Norton Grape and the American Milking Devon are listed on Slow Food USAï¿½s ï¿½Ark of Tasteï¿½, and weï¿½re proud to be part of the recovery and restoration of Americaï¿½s heirloom foods, and the resulting protection of our agricultural biodiversity.
Our mission is to see "The Ag District", Home of Chrysalis Vineyards and Locksley Estate Farmstead Cheese Company, become a shining example of successful rural enterprise through our production of high-quality wines from America�s great native grape, Norton, and fine artisanal cheeses and wonderful grass fed beef from our American Milking Devon Cows.
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