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When French transplants Jean and Silvian LeDucq opened Prince Michel Vineyard and Winery back in 1982, they weren't chasing trends. Rather, they wanted to re-create a little slice of the Old World in Virginia. The duo plugged along until 2005, when another transplant, a luxury yacht interior designer from Michigan's Upper Peninsula, took over the operation. And that's when things really took off.
With the new owner Kristin Holzman at the helm and veteran wine-maker Brad Hansen behind the scenes, Prince Michel hit the big time, picking up more than 400 international awards over the next 10 years. The crown jewel might just be the Barrel Select chardonnay, which has raked in nearly 25 accolades. Aged in French oak barrels, the wine surprises palates with smoky depth, butterscotch high notes, and its ability to make drinkers speak fluent French.
Guests sip this and other show-stopping varietals at the tasting room during Sunday brunch and wine-and-paint nights, or at festivals all over the country. And for folks looking to make a getaway out of it, Prince Michel offers luxury suites decorated in the French provincial style, complete with fireplaces, vineyard or mountain views, and secluded garden patios.