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Sparkling Wine Production Facility Slated For Nelson County
November 5, 2019

Virginia Sparkling Company, an affiliate of Veritas Vineyard & Winery, has announced the firm will invest $590,000 to establish a new sparkling wine production facility in Nelson County. The company will source exclusively from Virginia and is committing to purchase 168 tons of Virginia grapes over the next three years. This facility will be an important new asset for Virginia’s craft beverage industry, providing partner wineries a new high-quality product for engaging their customers.

Virginia Sparkling Company will use “méthode traditionnelle” to produce Champagne-style wines for sale under the label of the Virginia wineries with whom they have collaborated. Virginia Sparkling Company will be located in a former textile mill along Nelson County’s popular Nelson 151 Craft Beverage Trail. The mill also houses the tasting room for Flying Fox Vineyard & Winery, another Veritas affiliate.

“Sparkling wine represents a great opportunity here in Virginia,” said George Hodson, Chief Executive Officer of Virginia Sparkling Company. “There is significant demand from both producers and consumers of Virginia sparkling wine and we are excited to have the opportunity to increase the amount of high quality sparkling wine available in the Commonwealth.”

“Today’s announcement underscores Virginia’s already sparkling reputation as a premier destination for wine,” remarked Governor Ralph S. Northam in response to the announcement. “With more than 300 wineries and vineyards, the wine industry in Virginia generates nearly $1.37 billion for our economy each year, provides new markets for our farmers, and offers unique agritourism opportunities for our visitors. We thank Virginia Sparkling Company for their investment and look forward to toasting their success in the Commonwealth for years to come.”

The craft beverage industry has become an important driver of the Nelson County’s tourism-focused economy, which saw more than $211 million in visitor expenditures in 2018. This is both the first economic development announcement in Nelson County and the first Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) facility grant awarded to the county during the Northam administration. The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) worked with Nelson County and Virginia Sparkling Company to secure this project for the Commonwealth. Governor Northam approved a $40,000 AFID grant Fund for the project, which Nelson County will match with local funds.

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