Established in 2000 by Al & Cindy Schornberg, Keswick Vineyards is a family owned and operated winery specializing in small lots of high-quality wines that showcase the terroir of the Estate. Originally from Michigan, the Schornbergs chose Virginia to pursue their dream of owning a vineyard after an extensive search that spanned coast to coast. Al recalls his grandfather’s stories of working at his uncle’s winery, Massena Cellars in France, and like his predecessor, his goal was straightforward: “I just wanted to be able to enjoy a really good wine that I made. There’s something very natural and satisfying about that.” With their first vintage in 2002 winning the honor of "Best White Wine in America" at the Atlanta International Wine Summit, the Schornbergs knew they had made the right decision and set out to prove Virginia could also produce award-winning reds. In 2009 they were awarded the Virginia Governor's Cup for their 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon, further transforming their dream into a reality. Again, in 2016 Keswick Vineyards received their second Virginia Governor's Cup for their 2014 Cabernet Franc Reserve. The Schornbergs are humbled and excited that their vision has evolved into a world-class vineyard and winery, with each year's vintage better than the last.
The land at Keswick Vineyards was part of the original 1727 Nicholas Meriwether Crown Grant that comprised nearly 18,000 acres on the east side of the Southwest Mountains. George Barclay Rives, a direct descendent of the original grantee, built the current residence in 1911 and named it Edgewood Estate.
The property was the site of two important historical events: one during the Revolutionary War and the other during the Civil War. On June 4, 1781, Captain Jack Jouett rode 40 miles through the night to warn then-Virginia Governor Thomas Jefferson and the Virginia Legislature of the approach of British troops led by Colonel Banastre Tarleton.
Tarleton's troops arrived at Castle Hill, the original tract of land to which Edgewood Estate belonged, just after dawn on June 4, 1781. Legend has it that Tarleton and his troops stayed for breakfast, thus delaying their march to Charlottesville, allowing for Jefferson and others to escape.
Almost one hundred years later, Edgewood Estate became a stopping point during another American War. Confederate General James A. Longstreet was ordered to move his troops from East Tennessee on April 7, 1864, to Charlottesville to prepare for the Battle of the Wilderness. The Confederates detrained at Charlottesville and were then marched to various campsites, including Edgewood Estate. Historians believe that just days before the movement toward the Wilderness, Longstreet's men were reviewed by General Robert E. Lee.