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About us

About us

In December 2005, a small group of wine enthusiasts and investors acquired the historic La Grange farm which included acres of land with a dilapidated manor house and numerous outbuildings. The investors formed PWC Winery, LLC, to open a high-quality winery in Prince William County, a first for the county. The winery first opened to the public on Labor Day 2006.  The property now includes 5.6 acres of vineyards, the restored circa 1790 manor house as well as a wine production facility.

Winemaker’s Welcome

A picture of our winemaker next to wine barrels

The Winery at La Grange has played a crucial part in the development of my professional life as a winemaker. In 2006, as this property was just starting to take shape and transform into the beautiful setting it is today, I was starting my career with my first endeavor into winemaking. I was a summer intern that had recently switched my college focus from Astro-Physics to Organic-Chemistry because I had made a decision to pursue the life of a winemaker. Consequently, just as La Grange was being born, so was my professional career.

The Winery at La Grange has played a crucial part in the development of my professional life as a winemaker. In 2006, as this property was just starting to take shape and transform into the beautiful setting it is today, I was starting my career with my first endeavor into winemaking. I was a summer intern that had recently switched my college focus from Astro-Physics to Organic-Chemistry because I had made a decision to pursue the life of a winemaker. Consequently, just as La Grange was being born, so was my professional career.

I left after that summer with a determination that I had found my calling. I finished up at Penn State with a degree in Organic Chemistry and a minor in Plant Biology in the summer of 2007. I got my first job as a winemaker in Virginia that next spring and completed the Enology certification program at Washington State University in 2011. As I began to polish my skills, La Grange was quickly establishing itself as the premiere winery close to DC. I was thrilled in 2009 that I had a chance to join the winemaking team responsible for making wine at La Grange. I only spent one vintage working as the winemaker here, but it served to further entwine my career with that of La Grange’s development. Since then I have worked very hard to increase my wine knowledge and prowess running a wine program. The wines I have made have won numerous accolades on the state and national levels.

It is an exciting time to be taking the reigns of the wine production at La Grange. The marriage of beautiful landscapes, rich history, legendary hospitality, and wines of exemplary character provide La Grange a foundation to be the premier East Coast Winery. The interest generated for Virginia wine, within the state and beyond, is giving the industry a clear signal; we are doing something right. My vision is to lead the wine production team at La Grange to produce the highest quality wine possible. It is my honor to be such an integral part of this community and family.

Seth Chambers, Winemaker

History

Research evidenced that La Grange is rich in history; it was originally carved out of Robert “King” Carter’s Bull Run Tract in the 1600s and later known as La Grange. The property’s ownership changed many times during the past four centuries, with the farm’s acreage increasing and decreasing over the years. Fortunately, the three-story red brick manor house built by George Green survived.

Library of Congress records contain photographs taken in 1937 when the building was remodeled. Additional photographs show the estate in 1958. In earlier years, the English Boxwoods that surrounded the manor house died from blight, but in their place are American Boxwoods that have grown to a height of over 20 feet, forming an archway over a stone path that now leads from the manor house to the winery building.

Prince William County officials embraced the concept of being a wonderful return to the area’s winemaking roots from the start. Several vineyards and wineries existed in the county in the 1800s and early 1900s. One of these was a vineyard and winery on a 200-acre farm called Batavia, near Haymarket, VA, founded by Franz Peters. Peters was also a partner with Christian Heineken, who owned Mill Park also near Haymarket. In 1869, The Mill Park Wine Company was founded on Heineken’s property where wine was made from locally grown grapes.

In the 1800s, another 40-acre vineyard on the nearby Annaburg Estate and owned by Robert Portner produced an award-winning port-style wine. Evidence reveals that a bronze medal was awarded at the 1900 Paris Exposition for a port-style wine “Pride of Virginia Port” made from Portner’s grapes by Washington, DC winemaker Christian Xander. In the 1950s, an Italian immigrant named John Scuitto built and operated a winery from 1949 to 1958 where he produced and sold four different wines.

The Ghost

“Benoni Harrison was quite a figurehead in his days, but not necessarily a large man according to various documents. His wife, Catherine Norvill Harrison was said to be of larger stature, and at one social event, Benoni said something to her which she did not like; she grabbed him up and spanked him like a child in front of their guests. From that moment, Benoni refused to share a hearth with his wife and had the additional fireplaces installed.”

The information on the history of La Grange was compiled by Ray Olszewski.

Vineyards

In the 1800s, another 40-acre vineyard on the nearby Annaburg Estate and owned by Robert Portner produced an award-winning port-style wine. Evidence reveals that a bronze medal was awarded at the 1900 Paris Exposition for a port-style wine “Pride of Virginia Port” made from Portner’s grapes by Washington, DC winemaker Christian Xander. In the 1950s, an Italian immigrant named John Scuitto built and operated a winery from 1949 to 1958 where he produced and sold four different wines.

Our Team

Seth Chambers

Wine Maker

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Katie Lee

Tasting Room Manager

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Jane Berhalter

Events & Hospitality Manager

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Zachary Montano

Wine Club Sales Manager

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Seth Chambers

Wine Maker

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Katie Lee

Tasting Room Manager

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Jane Berhalter

Events & Hospitality Manager

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Zachary Montano

Wine Club Sales Manager

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