New winery opens in Loudoun County
Loudoun County has opened its 43rd winery. The new operation, Winery 32, continues Loudoun’s momentum in the industry with the county home to more wineries than any other county in Virginia.
Winery 32 is located at 15066 Limestone School Road in Leesburg. The Loudoun County Department of Economic Development worked with the owners throughout the development process from concept to reality, assisting with land-use decisions, permitting, marketing concepts and obtaining a Virginia Alcohol Beverage Control license. According to the department, the winery is valued at $800,000.
Winery 32’s initial offerings include a peach dessert wine and a peach-flavored vidal blanc, along with traditional wines such as chardonnay, chambourcin and merlot.
“Choosing Loudoun County for a new agricultural winery and vineyard was an easy decision,” owner Roxanne Moosher said in a statement. “We found the farmlands of Loudoun County to be stunningly beautiful, coupled with the warm and welcoming agricultural community, who are amazingly helpful. We are looking forward to serving the county in turn by creating more jobs and providing a great tourism venue to the public.”
As for how the winery came up with its name, Moosher and husband, Michael, explain that on the winery’s Website. They noticed that the 32-acre property came with 32 large stone planters, into which they planted 32 Gloria Peach trees. In addition, “The planting of our grape vines coincided with our 32nd wedding anniversary. The number 32 is just right,” the couple stated.
Wineries are one of Loudoun’s most important industries, with an estimated $136 million economic impact for the county, according to Loudoun Economic Development Director Buddy Rizer.
The wineries not only impact the local economy through product sales to customers and retailers, but also by attracting visitors to the county for wine-tasting and culinary tours.
Loudoun Agricultural Development Officer Kellie Boles said in a statement that Visit Loudoun’s research shows that 60 percent of winery visitors come from outside the county. “Those who just come for the day spend more than $300 on their winery trip, and those who stay overnight spend almost $800.”