October 2020 is Virginia Wine Month
This gives us a great opportunity
to highlight some of the many
incredible wineries we’ve visited
over the years.
We look forward to visiting these
wineries again very soon.
Introducing Jefferson Vineyards. For almost forty years, three generations of Woodwards have been at the helm of Jefferson Vineyards. In 1981, Stanley Woodward Sr. & Shirley Woodward, under the guidance of viticulturist Gabriele Rausse, led the replanting of the vines on their estate. Their small business soon flourished.
Stanley’s son, Stanley Woodward Jr. and his wife Marie Jose Woodward were both instrumental in the evolution of Jefferson Vineyards. Stanley Jr. studied in Paris after World War II and lived in Spain for more than 30 years. His wife, Marie Jose Woodward, grew up in a farming family in France. During their time in Europe, both developed a deep knowledge of Old World wines. When they moved to Virginia in 1992, they brought this knowledge to the wine business. Along with the help of talented winemakers, they elevated the quality of wine production on the estate.
This knowledge set a strong foundation for the third generation of Woodwards to take over the reins at Jefferson Vineyards. In 2013, siblings Attila & Alexa Woodward relocated to manage the estate. With the support of other family members, Attila became the Managing Partner in 2016, entrusted with preserving and improving this unique property, while retaining its rustic character.
Thomas Jefferson and Philip Mazzei chose the very same site when they grew grapes here almost 250 years ago. Back then, the estate was the site of Virginia’s first wine company. With the present operation, they have bridged the origins of winemaking by introducing quality modern viticulture and winemaking practices to Virginia, helping realize Jefferson’s dream.
Learn more about Jefferson Vineyards here: https://www.jeffersonvineyards.com