Trump Winery

Trump Winery History

About

Trump Winery follows Jefferson’s footsteps in making new world wines inspired by the French wine regions of Bordeaux and Champagne. With a deep sense of place we aim to tie together terroir and innovation. We know that any visit to Trump Winery will be a treasured experience.

Location Description

Just a few miles from Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.

Features

  • The best wines from around the world.

Additional Information

  • Meeting / Conference Facilities:
  • Caves:
  • Wedding Facilities:
  • Picnic Facilities:
  • Dog Friendly:
  • Winery Tours:
  • Wine Tasting:
  • Art or Architecture:
  • Organic / Biodynamic:
  • Awards:
  • Wine Club:
  • Lodging / Bed & Breakfast:

Average Bottle Price

$ 20

Winemaker

Jonathan Wheeler has been with the estate since 2006 and leads the wine program. Jonathan draws on experience gained from working as a winemaker in Sonoma and Monterey California, Marlborough New Zealand, and his home in the Finger Lakes of New York. A New York native, Jonathan holds a B.A. in Chemistry from State University of New York at Oswego.

History

Planted in 1999 and nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Trump Winery is situated on a 1,300-acre estate just a few miles from Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello, the birthplace of American viticulture, and James Monroe’s Ashlawn-Highland in Charlottesville, VA. Planted with nearly 200 acres of French vinifera varieties, Trump Winery is Virginia’s largest vineyard.

Opening in 2011, the winery features over 50,000 square feet of state of the art winemaking facilities, 100,000 gallon tank capacity, and 750 barrel cave producing sparkling, white, and red wines. Trump Winery is privileged to continue Virginia’s rich legacy of winemaking dating back to the Jamestown settlement in 1607. Today we are proud to be one of the more than 260 wineries in Virginia which ranks 5th in total wine production in the United States.

The Team

ERIC TRUMP, PRESIDENT:

As President, Eric oversees everything from winemaking and marketing to global distribution and sales. Eric is a rising star in the business sector and has appeared as a keynote speaker for several international business, winery and real estate conferences nationwide. He has given interviews to press outlets, including CNBC, Fox, NBC, Fox Business and The New York Post. Eric was recognized by Forbes Magazine for their top “30 under 30” in Real Estate for 2012 and was the “Rising Star” recipient of Wine Enthusiast’s 2013 Wine Star Awards. Eric also works fervently to aid children in need at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and founded The Eric Trump Foundation dedicated to the same in 2006.

KERRY WOOLARD, GENERAL MANAGER:

Kerry is responsible for overseeing all operations for the 1,300 acre estate. She has 15 years of winery management experience, is WSET Level 2 certified with distinction and has contributed to wine columns for the Wine Gazette and USAToday. She serves on the board of the Jefferson Wine and Grape Growers Society, served on various committees with the Virginia Wineries Association, and served on the Marketing Committee for the Wine Board. Kerry is a graduate of the College of William and Mary where she studied Chemistry and Economics.

RAFAEL SANCHEZ, VINEYARD SUPERVISOR:

Rafael has more than 20 years experience in grape growing; working at well know wineries in Salinas Valley, San Joaquin Valley, and Paso Robles. He joined the estate in 2004 and oversaw the majority of the planting from 2004-2007 adding over 165 acres to the vineyard. Today Rafael oversees the meticulous year-round care of all 195 acres of vineyard ensuring the best fruit is produced.

Estate Vineyards / AVA

The sparkling vineyards are planted in Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier. The sites were chosen for their cooler terroir. These unique microclimates help preserve natural acidity and minerality needed to make truly great sparkling wine. Our sparkling wines are made via Méthode Champenoise, the traditional method used in Champagne, where the second fermentation is done in the bottle. Trump Winery’s sparkling wines have been named Top Ten American Sparkling Wine and been compared to the finest Champagnes.

Our white vineyards are planted in Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Sémillon and Viognier. The white wines are designed to be fruit forward and expressive. We use a combination of French Oak and stainless steel vinification to produce wines that reflect varietal characteristics. The Viognier and Sauvignon Blanc have both received Best-in-Class awards at international competitions.

Our red vineyards were planted with in traditional Bordeaux varietals: Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Petite Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Malbec. Planted on south facing slopes in high density to achieve grapes with maximum maturity, our Bordeaux style blends are marked by complexity and depth. Our grapes are hand picked, hand sorted, and fed by gravity into our winemaking facility and then age in French Oak barrels for a period of 12-18 months before blending and bottling.

Awards

2009 Sparkling Blanc de Blanc
Gold, Vineyard and Winery Management ‘East Meets West’
Silver, Decanter Awards
Silver, Virginia Governor's Cup
Silver, Finger Lakes International Wine Competition

2008 Sparkling Blanc de Blanc
Gold, San Francisco International Wine Competition
Jefferson Cup 'Best in Class', Jefferson Cup Invitational
Double Gold, Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
Gold 'Governor's Case', Virginia Governor's Cup Competition
Silver, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition
Bronze, Dallas Morning News
87 points Bibenda Magazine

2007 Sparkling Blanc de Blanc
Double Gold, Best of Class, Jerry D. Mead's New World International Wine Competition
Gold, Governor's Cup
Gold, Virginia Wine Lover Magazine Wine Classic
Silver, San Diego International Wine Competition
Silver, Los Angeles International Wine Competition
Silver, Monticello Cup

2009 Sparkling Rosé
Winner, Monticello Cup
Silver, Vineyard and Winery Management ‘East Meets West’
Silver, Finger Lakes International
86 points Wine Enthusiast Magazine
83 points Bibenda Magazine
Silver, Finger Lakes International Wine Competition
Commended. Decanter Awards

2008 Sparkling Rosé
Gold, Jefferson Cup Invitational
Gold 'Governor's Case', Virginia Governor's Cup
Silver, Dallas Morning News
Silver, International Eastern Wine Competition
Silver, Florida Wine Challenge
Bronze, Finger Lakes International Wine Competition

2009 Sparkling Blanc de Noir
Silver, Virginia Governor's Cup
Silver, Monticello Cup
87 points Wine Enthusiast Magazine
86 points Bibenda Magazine

2008 Sparkling Blanc de Noir
Gold, San Diego International
Gold, San Diego International
Silver, Virginia Governor's Cup
Silver, Monticello Cup
Bronze, International Eastern Wine Competition

2008 Sparkling Reserve
Winner, Monticello Cup
Bronze, Decanter Awards

2007 Sparkling Reserve
91 points Wine Enthusiast Magazine
Silver, International Eastern
89 points Bibenda Magazine

2014 Sauvignon Blanc
87 points, Wine Enthusiast Magazine

2013 Sauvignon Blanc
Best in Class/Double Gold, Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition
Silver, Indy International Wine Competition
Bronze, San Francisco International Wine Competition
Bronze, Int'l. Wine Channel TV
86 points Bibenda Magazine

2011 Sauvignon Blanc
Silver, Jefferson Cup Invitational
86 points Wine Enthusiast Magazine

2013 Viognier
Best in Class/Gold, Indy International Wine Competition
Gold, Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition
87 points Wine Enthusiast Magazine
Bronze, San Francisco International Wine Competition
Bronze, International Wine Channel TV

2012 Viognier
Gold, San Francisco International Wine Competition
Silver, Jefferson Cup Invitational
84 points Bibenda Magazine

2013 Chardonnay
Gold, Indy International
Silver, International Wine Channel TV
Bronze, Atlantic Seaboard
85 points Bibenda Magazine
85 points Wine Enthusiast Magazine

2012 Chardonnay
Silver, Virginia Governors' Cup

2010 Chardonnay
85 points Wine Enthusiast Magazine
Silver, Jefferson Cup Invitational
Bronze, Finger Lakes International Wine Competition

2014 Rosé
86 points, Wine Enthusiast Magazine

2013 Rosé
Silver, San Francisco International Wine Competition
Bronze, Indy International Wine Competition
83 points Bibenda Magazine

2012 Rosé
Bronze, Virginia Governor's Cup

2011 Rosé
Top 37 Great American Wines, Saveur Magazine
Silver, Jefferson Cup Invitational

2013 Meritage
Medal of American Merit, Jefferson Cup Invitational
Silver, Finger Lakes International Wine Competition

2012 Meritage
Best in class, East Meets West Competition
Gold, Monticello Cup
86 points Wine Enthusiast Magazine
85 points Bibenda Magazine

2012 New World Reserve
Jefferson Cup Nominee, Jefferson Cup
Gold, Mohonk Mountain House International Wine Masters
Silver, Indy International Wine Competition
Silver, Monticello Cup
Silver, Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition
Silver, International Wine Channel TV
Bronze, San Francisco International Wine Competition
89 points Wine Enthusiast Magazine
88 points Bibenda Magazine
Commended. Decanter Awards

Cru, nonvintage
Platinum, Virginia Wine Lover Magazine Wine Classic
People’s Choice Award, Virginia Wine Showcase
Silver, Jerry D. Mead's New World Wine International Wine Competition
Silver, Monterey Wine Competition
Bronze, San Francisco International Wine Competition
83 points Bibenda Magazine

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Hours

Daily: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Address

3550 Blenheim Road
Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
United States

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