In what some might think is a counter intuitive, Charlottesville’s Trump Winery is quietly making big changes a little at a time. Trump seems to be making all the right moves as they look to grow their Albemarle County winery’s influence in the Old Dominion and beyond.
The new winery business demanded an evaluation of business operations and the individuals on the team. While there were issues, no one questioned the potential of the property or the quality of the wines. Eric Trump wisely retained the talented services of both Sparkling Winemaker Jonathan Wheeler and Still Wine Maker Katell Griaud. He also held on to Vineyard Manager Rafael Sanchez.
Last year, Trump selected Virginia wine industry veteran Kerry Hannon Woolard as General Manager.
Perhaps nowhere in the winery is the change in customer service more evident than in the Tasting Room. Displays have been removed and the tasting room boasts over 62 liner feet of tasting bar.
After acquiring the property in late 2011, Trump Winery had a long list of issues in need of resolution. With the original vineyards finally reunited and production infrastructure investments completed, Trump Winery seems to have productively spent the last two years catching up. Today, significant visitor focused changes in the tasting room, dedication to customer service, new energy in the marketplace, as well as a new community spirit has Trump Winery poised for great things.