Ox-Eye Vineyards is located in Augusta County, Virginia, outside the city of Staunton. It sits at an average elevation of 1830 ft. with slopes facing east-southeast.
The Kiers were drawn to the Shenandoah Valley for its relatively low rainfall, cool climate, and deep limestone soil. Of particular interest was the valley’s strong diurnal temperature shift. This stark shift between day and night temperatures helps the fruit ripen through late summer and fall, producing ripe fruit without the loss of acidity.
Ever since the first two acres were planted in 1999, the site has proven to be an excellent one. The limestone base provides vital nutrients for healthy vines and fruit, while deep soil allows the vines to thrive without irrigation, even through droughts. Constant breezes help control diseases and create good air drainage to combat frost. The Kiers family’s 23 acres of vines continue to produce premium wines held in high esteem by the wine drinking community.