Old House Vineyards To Establish Craft Distillery In Culpeper County, Virginia
The new craft distillery will use agricultural commodities to produce handcrafted spirits, bringing a new economic development and agritourism opportunity to Culpeper County through a long-established family business in the region, Governor Terry McAuliffe’s Office said. The new operations for Old House Distillery help to raise the profile of the craft distillery industry in the state, merging the interests of agriculture, tourism and community development.
“We have been tremendously fortunate to live and operate in a state and county so supportive of both agricultural commodities and new industries,” said Patrick Kearney, Owner of Old House Vineyards. “I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to the citizens of Culpeper for their incredible support both today and over the past 15 years that we have been able to call this county home. We look forward to welcoming everyone to the opening of our new craft distillery and World War II Tasting Room later this year!”
Old House Distillery will invest in the site improvements, buildings, and equipment needed to open a new distillery, tasting room and remote-licensed ABC store on the 75-acre property. The company’s signature product will be a Virginia Brandy – 100% grown, harvested, fermented, distilled and bottled on site. In addition to producing this flagship product, Old House Distillery will provide distilling services for local wineries to distill their wines into fortified spirits for a 100% Virginia Port-style wine. Old House Distillery will also begin a Virginia Brandy collection in partnership with other wineries across the Commonwealth.
The Commonwealth of Virginia is partnering with Culpeper County and Old House Vineyards on this project through the Governor’s Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development Fund. The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services worked with Culpeper County to secure this expansion for Virginia. Governor McAuliffe approved a $20,000 grant from the AFID Fund to assist Culpeper County with the project. Old House Distillery is also committing to purchase more than $101,000 in Virginia grapes, grain, and honey over three years, or more than 80% of agricultural products needed for the new production venture.
“Old House Distillery’s investment represents an exciting new opportunity for Virginia producers and for the Commonwealth as we continue to take advantage of the emerging craft beer, cider, and distilled spirit industries to enhance, improve, and successfully market Virginia-grown inputs,” said Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry Todd Haymore. “With more than 260 wineries and cideries, 100 craft breweries and 20 craft distilleries, Virginia is quickly emerging as the preeminent craft beverage player on the East Coast. These entrepreneurial ventures are creating jobs and generating revenue, especially in rural areas, and helping to build the new Virginia economy.”
Governor Terry McAuliffe said, “Today’s announcement is an excellent example of the important role that our diverse agricultural industry can and will play in building the new Virginia economy. This AFID grant to Culpeper County leverages one of the Commonwealth’s greatest assets to bring together multiple aspects of economic development in one operation – agriculture, entrepreneurship, manufacturing, tourism and community development, among others. Virginia’s status as a world-class wine, cider, beer and spirits producer is rising, and we aim to raise it even higher.”
“I am very proud and excited that Culpeper County and Old House Vineyards have been selected to receive this AFID facilities grant that will result in the creation of Old House Distillery,” said Steven Nixon, Chairman of the Culpeper County Board of Supervisors. “As a result of this grant, Old House becomes one of the first few operations in the Commonwealth of Virginia to combine a farm winery and distillery. Agribusiness and agritourism are a fundamental part of the fabric and heritage of our community, and we appreciate the Commonwealth’s ongoing commitment and support of our local businesses.”
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