Virginia’s Eastern Shore is known more for spectacular beaches than for its viticultural prowess. Currently, there are five local growers, with 70 acres under vine, mostly planted to Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc. The appellation encompasses Accomack and Northampton counties, in the southern portion of Delmarva Peninsula. Virginia’s 70-mile portion of the peninsula is relatively flat and thin, has sandy soils and is heavily influenced by its proximity to the ocean and Chesapeake Bay. Seasons are more moderate than in mainland Virginia, with lower summer daytime temperatures and milder winters. As in the rest of Virginia, definitive decisions about varietal, clonal, and trellis system selections are a work in progress. The future looks positive for this AVA, which has a new winery in development. Bloxom Vineyard's is 90% complete and anticipates opening its doors in May.