One of Loudoun's wineries has been sold with an impressive price tag, the county's Department of Economic Development announced today.
Lost Creek Vineyards and Winery was sold by Bob and Carol Hauck to Hampton Roads Holdings, Inc. for $2.3 million. The licensed, Tuscan-style winery, which is located outside Leesburg was recognized as the Best of Northern Virginia for 2012 by “Northern Virginia Magazine.”
By purchasing Lost Creek, the new owners, Aimee and Todd Henkle, have acquired 50 acres of land, which includes 21 acres of grapes; a winery with the capacity to produce 7,000 cases per year; two outdoor pavilions which can accommodate up to 100 guests; a tasting room; a banquet room; a gazebo; and a 5,000 square-foot deluxe custom Colonial home with a six-car garage.
The Henkles have retained the services of wine consultant Sebastien Marquet, and plan to expand Lost Creek’s estate varietals to include cabernet franc, and syrah and petit verdot, in addition to offering more traditional Burgundy and Bordeaux winemaking styles, according to the announcement.
“In less than 25 years, Loudoun County’s wineries have emerged as the leading Virginia producers of vinifera and New World grape wines,” Kellie Boles, DED’s agricultural development officer, stated. “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, and the county's beverage manufacturing, which includes wineries, contributes almost $5 million in taxable sales to the local economy, according to Boles.