Magnolia Vineyards' Tina and Glen Marchione come from an IT background, and while that may not seem a natural fit for budding winery owners, it happens more often than you might think.
Like working in the IT field, building a winery business takes a lot of brainpower, the ability to visualize and manage complex systems, patience, and planning.
Magnolia Vineyards' business plan and execution includes all of that, plus a (critical) frugal nature.
First vines were planted in 2009, the first harvest was 2011, and the tasting room opened in the basement of Tina and Glen's home in 2014.
Doug Fabbioli of Loudoun County's Fabbioli Cellars is the wine consultant, and the winery produces a limited supply - 500 to 700 cases a year.
Future plans call for increasing the vineyard by fifteen to twenty acres and increasing wine production to 2500 cases per year.
At this writing, the winery was offering several highly regarded wines, including Viognier, Traminette, Cab Franc, and Bordeaux-style red blends.
Tastings are paired with various cheeses and chocolate.
Eventually, the couple will invest in a free-standing tasting room. All in good time.
Note that groups of 8 or more require reservation, and no buses are permitted (they can't fit through the current entrance gate).
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