Excellence in Organic Wine in Virginia | NEWS FROM MOTHER EARTH

Few wine lovers are familiar with the vibrant wine culture of Loudoun County, Virginia, or have heard of Sunset Hills Vineyard. Thomas Jefferson, third President of the United States of America, envisioned a day when quality grapes and great wine would be produced from his home state of Virginia.

Fast forward to the 21st century, and we find Jefferson’s dream has come true. Sunset Hills would please our third president for its quality wines, eco-friendly practices and philanthropy. In 2006, owners Mike and Diane Canney purchased an old run-down farm next to their vineyards in Loudoun County, Va., To expand the acreage and add both a winemaking facility and a tasting room.

The farm was built in 1870 and had known several owners. By the time the Canneys bought the farm, it had a large crumbling barn, overworked soil, and was generally in disarray. With a vision for a world-class winery, restoration work on the farm began in earnest.

Sunset Hills hired Amish artisans to restore the barn to better condition than the original. Not only was the barn stripped down to the posts and beams as part of the rehabilitation project, but once the restoration work was completed, they added a solar panel that produces 80,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year.

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