Hampton Roads Holdings Inc. just bought Lost Creek Winery and Vineyards from Bob and Carol Hauck for $2.3 million, according to the Loudoun Department of Economic Development.
Northern Virginia Magazine chose the licensed, Tuscan-style winery, located off Spinks Ferry Road north of Leesburg, among the “Best of Northern Virginia 2012.”
New owners Aimee and Todd Henkle retained the services of wine consultant Sebastien Marquet and plan to expand the winery’s offerings, adding cabernet franc and syrah and petit verdot to the its traditional Burgundy and Bordeaux winemaking styles, according to the DED.
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The 50-acre vineyard has 21 acres of grape vines, the capacity to produce up to 7,000 cases of wine per year, two outdoor pavilions, a tasting room, a banquet room, a gazebo and a six-car, 5,000-square-foot Colonial home.
“In less than 25 years, Loudoun County’s wineries have emerged as the leading Virginia producers of vinifera and New World grape wines,” said Kellie Boles, the Loudoun County Department of Economic Development’s agricultural development officer, in a press release. “Soil conditions, temperate climate, access to technical experts and mentors, and skilled winemakers all contribute to Loudoun’s growing reputation as ‘DC's Wine Country.’”
Lost Creek is one of 34 wineries in Loudoun County.
“Loudoun has the most wineries of any county in the state,” Boles said. “Loudoun beverage manufacturing, which includes wineries, contributes almost $5 million in taxable sales to the local economy.”