Owner & Winemaker
Chris has been in the wine industry of Virginia since the mid-1980s, starting as wine steward and manager for northern Virginia restaurants, to working in wineries in the 1990s. He helped start and manage the first winery mobile bottle line on the East Coast in 1991. He has been a wine buyer and store manager for Total Beverage and managed the wine training classes for their stores. This extensive experience provided Chris with a solid foundation for his role as a consultant for The Country Vintner, a fine wine distributor until opening his own winery in 2002.
Chris was president of the Virginia Vineyards Association, first chairman of the Virginia Wine and Food Society, and board member of the Virginia Wineries Association. He is a certified wine judge of the American Wine Society, has organized and taught wine appreciation courses for both amateurs and professionals for decades, including for WSET since 1997.
Chris regularly travels throughout the world’s wine regions, is managing partner of three wineries and lives amongst 15 acres of Virginia’s oldest vines.