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Trump officially opens winery in Virginia

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (WWBT) - An award winning Virginia winery, on the brink of closing forever, has been brought back to life.

The one and only Donald Trump rode into Charlottesville Tuesday and saved the Kluge Winery — attaching his name and pumping millions of dollars into the estate, which was deeply in debt and dangerously close to closing.

The winery was the project of Virginia socialite Patricia Kluge, who is the ex-wife of the late billionaire John Kluge.

She and her current husband, Bill Moses, took out millions in loans to buy the sprawling Albemarle County estate to begin producing wine.

They were successful at the wine end of it — their products won multiple awards and were even served at Chelsea Clinton's wedding.

But as the economy tightened, so did their high end business, forcing their creditors to call in their loans.

When they couldn't, they had to sell — that is when the Donald came to the rescue.

Kluge and Moses will still run the day to day operations, but Trump's son Eric will be in charge.

Governor McDonnell, whose administration has encouraged the production of wine, was on hand as well.

In addition to the wine, the Trumps have invested in major improvements to the estate itself, with the goal of making it a premier destination for weddings and events.

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