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Loudoun County winery sold for $2.3 million

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Lost Creek Vineyards and Winery near Leesburg has been sold to Hampton Roads Holdings Inc. for $2.3 million.

The Tuscan-style winery, which had been owned by Bob and Carol Hauck, was recognized as the Best of Northern Virginia for 2012 by Northern Virginia Magazine.

The Loudoun County Department of Economic Development announced the sale. “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, the Loudoun County Department of Economic Development’s agricultural development officer, said in a statement. “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.’”

In buying Lost Creek, the new owners, Aimee and Todd Henkle, acquired 50 acres of land. The property 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 home with a six-car garage.

The Henkles have retained the services of wine consultant Sebastien Marquet. They 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.

Lost Creek is one of 34 wineries in Loudoun County, the most of any county in the commonwealth.

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