Trump's victories give big boost to Virginia wine industry

Published: Mar. 9, 2016 at 4:57 PM EST|Updated: Mar. 19, 2016 at 5:20 PM EDT
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ALBEMARLE, VA (WWBT) - Donald Trump's victory speech Tuesday night looked like an infomercial for his products, including Trump Winery. He proudly showed off cases of Trump wine alongside other Trump products to rebut Mitt Romney's claim that Trump is a failed businessman.

The winery in Albemarle, which is technically owned by Trump's son Eric, is happy for the free publicity and about the attention Trump's candidacy brings to their business.

Kerry Woolard, general manager of Trump Winery, says any positive buzz the winery gets from its namesake's presidential run is great news for the Virginia economy.

"It is an amazing opportunity for us and Virginia wine as a whole to me mentioned on national media outlets," said Woolard. "It's clear that more people know about Virginia wine today than ever before which is good for everybody."

"Gov. Terry McAuliffe wants to help make Virginia the East Coast capital for wine and wine tourism. What Trump Winery is doing in Albemarle County is helping that cause," said Todd Haymore, Virginia's Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry. "They are making award-winning wines and attracting visitors from across the country to Virginia, where tourists are not only experiencing Trump wines, they are a visiting other wineries in the region and across the state. The wine industry is an important component of rural Virginia economy."

Woolard says a President Trump would likely serve his Virginia Wine at state dinners.

"I think that would be great, but it wouldn't be the first time Virginia wine was served in the White House," said Woolard.

Woolard says business is booming at the Albemarle estate, which Trump swooped in and bought after it went to foreclosure in 2011. The estate, formerly owned by billionaires John and Patricia Kluge has undergone a transformation since the Trumps took over.

"Business is great. In addition to our award-winning wines, we've also added a wonderful hotel to our property's offering with Albemarle Estate at Trump Winery in July," said Woolard.

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