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26 Years of Viticulture
& Winemaking

May 20, 2024

Dear Valued Wine Lovers,

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the closure of AmRhein Wine Cellars after 26 years of crafting exceptional wines and memories. It has been an incredible journey, filled with passion, dedication, and the unwavering support of our cherished customers like you.

While this decision wasn't made lightly, we believe it's the right one for our family and the legacy of our winery due to Russ' health complications with Parkinson's and the amount of time needed for his care. Over the years, we've experienced countless joys, challenges, and triumphs, but through it all, one thing remained constant – your loyalty and enthusiasm for our wines.

We want to express our deepest gratitude to each and every one of you who has walked through our doors, shared a glass with us, celebrated with us at winery events and become part of the Amrhein family. Your support has been the driving force behind our success, and for that, we are forever grateful.

The last day our tasting room will be open is June 30, 2024. As we prepare to close our doors, we invite you to join us every Saturday and Sunday to celebrate the memories we've created together. In our last 6 weeks, the tasting room will be open Saturdays & Sundays from 12-5pm offering discounted wine prices as a token of our appreciation for your unwavering support. We will still be offering live music every Saturday from 1-5pm and maybe even a final event on our last weekend (if we can pull it off). You can stay tuned on our website www.amrheinwine.com.

While this chapter may be coming to a close, we take comfort in knowing that the spirit of AmRhein Wine Cellars will live on in the countless memories shared over a glass of our beloved wines. We encourage you to continue exploring the world of Virginia wines-so many delicious ones - and to cherish the moments spent savoring each sip designed in our wine-loving state.

Once again, thank you for being part of our journey. It has been quite a ride! What an honor and a privilege it has been to serve you, and we will forever hold the memories close to our hearts.

With warm regards,
Russ & Paula Amrhein
Owners

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We hope you will come visit our winery on Bent Mountain or stop by our tent during a wine festival around Virginia and get to know us. We would love to meet you and see what you think about our wines!

 

Cheers,
Russ & Paula Amrhein

We won the coveted Virginia Governor’s Cup award twice…we design great wines!

We’re passionate about making wine and have a deep respect for the land. It comes naturally to us. We've been practicing viticulture for 22 years and designing wine for 18 years.

We both grew up in Salem, VA, graduated from Glenvar High School and began this journey simply because we personally enjoy wines. Everywhere we have traveled, over almost 50 years together, a winery stop was part of our trip. ‘Do what you love’ is our life’s motto.

In addition, we have always had an appreciation for agriculture so, we put our acreage at our Bent Mountain home to good use and entered the world of viticulture.

It took many how-to conferences and much learning from other wine makers in Virginia, but we are both determined self-learners who are driven by passion and a good challenge.

The German Influence:

AmRhein is a German name meaning “on the Rhein” (Rhine) River. AmRhein’s Wine Cellars is a Virginia family owned and operated, 100% estate-grown winery, specializing in wines with a German influence.

We are located in Southwest Virginia off Blue Ridge Parkway milepost 136.  

We are the 63rd winery in Virginia. Our vineyards were first planted in 1995 and our first crush occurred in 1999. The winery opened in 2000 with a Viognier.

 

Unique Growing Climates:

AmRhein’s Wine Cellars vineyards are unique in their broad range of microclimates and elevations. This allows us to produce a vast range of different varietals to create wines. 

These land options provide perfect terroir & climate for each grape type.

Our flagship vineyard and home to the winery is Bent Mountain vineyards (near Copper Hill) boasts an elevation of 2,600 feet, with nine acres of volcanic granite soil, which drains well and holds nutrients making it profitable to grow Chambourcin, Vidal Blanc, Traminette.

Franklin County vineyards (on Cahas Mountain), with 12 acres at 1,900 ft., displays very fertile red clay soil supporting grape varieties of Viognier, Muscat Ottonel, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Franc, Aglianico, Petit Manseng, Traminette, Petit Verdot.

Botetourt County vineyards (on Rt. 460, and off the Blue Ridge Parkway) showcases a 1,200 ft. elevation vineyard hosting 19 acres of vines with various soil types supporting Petit Verdot, Touriga Nacional, Cabernet Sauvignon, Marsanne, Aglianico, Merlot, Chardonnay, Pinot Grigio.

 

Award Winners

The wines have won numerous awards, and are considered some of the finest. With over 15 wines in classic styles of both reds and whites and in the exclusive blends found in our personally designed Eclectic brand, AmRhein’s Wine Cellars tempts every palate!

 

A fun fact for our customers ~ Russ Amrhein, in his 30’s, had a 200-hog operation in his backyard on Poor Mountain that was a ‘hobby’ and provided supplemental income for about 10 years. The family likes to tease and say the family slogan is ‘From Swine To Wine.'  If only our 2 children had grown up on a vineyard instead of a pig farm . . . but the stories are priceless!

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