If you don’t know where you are going how will you ever know when you get there? The original goal of the winery founders and current owners, Jeff Cooper and Jacque Hogge, was to create small lots of unique wines that expressed varietal character and would be recognized as quality wines.
Founded in 1999 with a focus on small production, Cooper is located midway between Richmond and Charlottesville in Louisa County, with an original production of 250 cases in 1999, Cooper Vineyards now bottles approximately 6,000 cases per year with over a dozen wines poured for guests visiting the tasting room.
Already a veteran Virginia vintner, Cooper’s Winemaker Graham Bell joined the winery in 2002. His delicate handcrafted winemaking style allows the fruit to be most expressive while retaining directional control.
No one can ever say Cooper Vineyards does things halfway. When they set out to build a new tasting room, they set their environmental sights high. Last April, with the help of First Lady Maureen McDonald, Cooper opened the first LEED platinum certified tasting room on the east coast. LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, validates a green building; Platinum is the highest level of certification.
Cooper Vineyards is clearly making a strong statement about high quality Virginia wine and great stewardship of the environment.