When Patricia Kluge, owner of Kluge Estate Winery, hit a monumental rough patch
, Donald Trump stepped in to scoop up the vast acreage and the 23,000 square foot Albemarle House in 2011 (now a luxury inn), and then the winery and vineyards a year later. Today the holding is run by Trump's son, Eric.
If you were familiar with the winery when it was Kluge Estate, you'll recognize much of what is now Trump: the sunny, windowed space; the wine bottles lining the walls like books in a library; the tree-shaded patio out front. And, like us, you'll probably appreciate the changes: the new stone patio out back, with expanded vistas that take in part of the vast 200-acre vineyards; tastings led by knowledgeable staff at the tasting bar; the general tidying up.
are still available, including cheeses, charcuterie plates, and seasonal salads, sandwiches and soups. And the wines are none too shabby.
Head winemaker Jonathan Wheeler was held over from the Kluge epoch, so much looks the same: the sparkling Blanc de Blanc, the complex New World Red, the fun Cru. It's a good sampling of the 35,000 cases a year this winery produces from 12 different varietals grown on the estate.
Groups of 8 or more require an advance reservation. Child and on-leash pet friendly. Picnics okay in the designated picnic area.
Trump Winery has perhaps the largest number of options for corporate or private events in Virginia Wine Country, along with high-end lodging at Albemarle Estate
, a 45-room mansion built as a residence by former owners Patricia Kluge and her husband William Moses.
When you head out there, be sure to stop off at Blenheim Vineyards
, just across the street. They've also got a celebrity halo (Dave Matthews and his family own it), not to mention a beautiful space, some great art, and plenty of tasty wine.
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