“The only constant in the wine life is change,” remarked a friend during a conversation over lunch as he shared the news of his dismissal from a large west-coast winery where he served as winemaker the previous four vintages.
While this cutesy saying is true for life in general, it’s particularly true and timely for the Virginia wine industry as a number of wineries have hired new winemakers in the last few months.
Chateau Morrisette hired Brian Cheeseborough from Bordeaux some months ago. Potomac Point Winery welcomed David Castano in May. Breaux Vineyards hired acclaimed California winemaker Heather Munden two months ago. And most recently, Old House Vineyards, hired long-time Virginia winemaker Andy Reagan as vineyard manager/winemaker.
A native of Virginia, Reagan has worked as a winemaker at several of the Commonwealth’s most recognized wineries over the last 15 years — Chrysalis Vineyards, Williamsburg Winery, and most recently, Jefferson Vineyards in Charlottesville, VA.
During his seven years as winemaker at Jefferson Vineyards Reagan helped double production and raise wine quality, garnering many awards and much recognition before leaving the winery in late 2012.
Soon after his departure from Jefferson, Reagan co-founded a new Virginian wine label — called Roundabout Cellars. While he will continue to be involved with the Roundabout label, Reagan is excited about the new opportunity at Old House Vineyards.
“Patrick [Patrick Kearney, Old House Vineyards owner] has a ton of energy and is embarking on a few new and exciting projects involving the winery and his soon to be open distillery,” says Reagan of his decision to join the Old House team. “He has a kind of energy that is less talk and more action that really inspires and makes me excited to get after it every day.”
Situated on a 75-acre farm in Culpeper, VA — nearly equidistant between Washington, DC, and Charlottesville, VA, just off State Route 3 — the Old House property was purchased by the current owners in 1998. Officially opened in 2002, Old House Vineyards has 24 acres under vine; planted to Cab Franc, Cab Sauvignon, Petit Verdot, Chardonnay, Vidal Blanc and even Chambourcin.
“I’m excited about being at Old House for the long-term so my initial priorities include tightening up the quality control program, opening statewide distribution and making a few tweaks here and there,” he says.
With veraison well underway and harvest right around the corner, there are busy and exciting times ahead for Reagan and Old House Vineyards.
Old House Vineyards
18351 Corkys Lane
Culpeper, VA 22701