Steve and Cynthia Madey established a vineyard at Buena Vista Farm in Hague, VA in April 2005 and subsequently opened The Hague Winery in 2009. Varieties planted included 1500 vines of chardonel based on a recommendation in Tony Wolfe’s Commercial Grape Varieties for Virginia. Renowned viticulturist Lucie Morton was instrumental in creating the closely-spaced, VSP, cane-pruned vineyard in cooperation with Doug Flemer of nearby Ingleside Vineyards. While the fruit is grown in Hague, the wines are produced by Michael Shaps in Charlottesville at Shaps Wineworks. Our chardonel wines have been blends of chardonel and small amounts of aromatic vinifera grapes, e.g. muscat and petit manseng. Both Steve and Cynthia are retired naval officers and have escaped Washington, DC for rural Virginia and farming.