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5 things to know about Loudoun’s newest winery: 50 West Vineyards

50 West Vineyards is located off Route 50 just outside Aldie’s old village. Times-Mirror Photo/Trevor Baratko
Several hundred sippers turned out to Loudoun County's newest winery on a flawless fall afternoon Saturday.

50 West Vineyards in Middleburg is the latest vinous pursuit of Mike and Diane Canney, proprietors of the popular Sunset Hills in Purcellville. The crowd for the grand opening fête was almost too good -- winery workers had to schlep back and forth from Sunset to 50 West to truck in more wine after the original allotment ran dry in the first half of the day.

Here are five things to know about 50 West Vineyards.

Nate Walsh, Sunset's award-winning winemaker, will produce wines for both Sunset and 50 West.

• A 50 West label has yet to be released, but it's coming soon, says Walsh. A red blend called “Aldie Heights Cuvee” has been bottled and is slated for a winter release. The cuvee is a red blend of petit verdot, tannat and cabernet franc from Sunset's Shenandoah Springs Vineyard in Woodstock. Currently, 50 West is pouring Sunset Hills offerings.

The Canneys purchased the property, which was formerly Leaves of Grass Winery, last spring and spent the ensuing months renovating the tasting room and acreage, including tearing out hundreds of dead vines.

• Sunset Hills' team is in the process of replanting all the vineyards at 50 West. Walsh says this year they planted 1.5 acres of cabernet sauvignon. Next year will bring 1.5 acres each of sauvignon blanc and albarino, and there are three or four more acres on site still being assessed.

• 50 West is named after the historic highway off which it resides. “We felt it captured the feeling of the farm and the history of the great travelers who have used this road long before it became part of the highway system. Over 3,000 miles long, it stretches from Ocean City, Maryland to West Sacramento, California,” 50 West's website notes.

Michael Dunn of Ashburn plays with his granddaughter, Riley, at the grand opening of 50 West Vineyards in Middleburg. Times-Mirror Photos/Trevor Baratko

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