Well Hung is the cheekiest name in the Virginia wine scene. Established in 2008, it only recently found a brick-and-mortar home in Gordonsville, right down the road from the BBQ Exchange.
If you’ve been around the Charlottesville wine scene for a while, you’ve probably heard of the name. Well Hung was started by a trio of ladies with a sense of humor (and taste for wine). The name came from a comment about how the grape bunches were ‘well hung’ (off the vines, that is). The name took off…and there you go!
More recently, Well Hung’s wines have been made at Prince Michel Vineyard, using grapes sourced from all over Virginia and sometimes Washington State. No word on where the ‘nuts’ come from, though…
This isn’t just a tasting room; it has a kitchen that serves mostly flatbreads and sandwiches. I ended up with the “French Kiss” chicken breast with brie, which was quite scrumptious.
Janice was the manager that day; she guided me through a tasting of their wines as well as the backstory of the place. Only open since September 2019, they seemed busy when I first entered but fortunately it quieted down after the lunch-crowd mostly departed. She started off as a govie, but (unlike me) she decided she decided to chase that dream in the hospitality industry, while I still toil behind a desk (at least it pays my wine bills, though).
What I tried:
2018 Viognier: Very soft
Well Hung White (VA and Washington fruit): Citrusy
Rose: Pinot Noir: Cranberry/rhubarb notes
Under the Table Red: Janice called this a “gateway red”, as its versatile enough for white and red drinkers. Also good as a mulled wine, or chilled.
Red Tryst: Cab heavy blend; I liked this a lot
2017 PV: Powerful!
Wishful thinking: Very sweet
I can’t do a blog on Well Hung without talking about their…nuts. This is the funniest label I’ve ever seen, and I can’t help but pick them up as a gag-gift for friends.