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Below is the text that we read just before "tying the ribbon" on the front porch of the tasting room:
It began as a dream, a romantic whim, a leap of faith. While on a date at nearby Breaux Vineyards in September 2002, just across the valley on that mountain behind us, we shared a moment that would change the course of our lives, and the lives of so many people for years to come. We knew from the outset that our vision was about so much more than crafting fine wine, though we have the medals to show for that. It was about creating experiences, in a place so unique and unforgettable that it would inspire visitors from around the world.
Our brand identity, as the first winery in the world to pair wine with music, was just one of our many notable firsts. Along the way we were the first Virginia winery to be featured on a national television series when we appeared on HGTV’s Dream House. In 2008, just six months after opening, we were the first winery to win the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce award for Agricultural Small Business of the Year, and in 2012 became the first winery to win the Chamber’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award. In 2015, we were the first Virginia winery to host a European river cruise, and still find it incredibly rewarding to know that our “Vierzig” Blaufrankisch, which was inspired by Mozart’s 40th symphony, was the first Virginia wine ever poured while sailing up the beautiful Danube river. Our memoir, “Dream. Build. Believe.” published in 2016, will stand the test of time as Virginia’s first winery memoir, authentically depicting the challenges, struggles, joys, and successes we faced and overcame along the way.
We could not have done it alone, and there are so many people to thank. Our parents, for their continued love and support, our families and friends for their encouragement and the numerous times they pitched in to help out no matter how hard the task. We want to thank all our friends in the wine industry, the other winery owners, winemakers and farmers who have always been so generous with their knowledge and their support. We also want to thank all the supporting organizations who believe in our efforts and champion our industry—The Loudoun Chamber of Commerce, Loudoun Department of Economic Development, Visit Loudoun, Loudoun & Virginia Wineries Associations, Loudoun & Virginia Winegrowers Associations, Virginia Wine Marketing Board and all the others who contribute to the growth of our industry.
Of course we have to thank our dedicated crew, who through the years have seen and survived so many crazy incidents. Looking back through our records, since we opened in 2008 we have done over 68,000 tastings here and at remote locations, plus an estimated 15,000 more at festivals. Those customers plus the ones who just came by for a glass or a bottle, means we have serviced over 100,000 people since we opened. Our team members are the ones who helped take our message to the world, to challenge people to think about wine in a whole new way.
Most importantly of all, we want to thank the three most wonderful boys that any two parents have ever been blessed with. Tristan, Duncan and Ronan, you have endured so much over the years. Driving all over the place at all hours of the day and night, dropping off wine, heading to and from festivals, always on the move, eating dinner and falling asleep in the back of the truck. Mommy and I are confident you have discovered much on this part of our family’s journey together, and that you will forever be better for this experience. We know you have learned to love the land, to cherish family, to work hard, and to give back to the community around you. Now, as we look to the future we are so excited about the promise of tomorrow, to share a whole new world, the five of us together.
We leave behind us not only a Loudoun landmark, but a one-of-a-kind fairy tale come true, a story that will continue to inspire families and entrepreneurs long after we are gone. We accomplished everything that we ever dreamed, and so much more. Our risks, hard work and sweat equity have enabled others to bring to life naval retirements, weddings, engagements, baby showers, bridal showers, birthday parties, graduation parties, music festivals, comedy nights, wine and music pairings, and tens of thousands of other moments that will live on forever in the hearts and minds of our visitors.
So now as one chapter comes to an end, another one begins, and new dreams are beginning to take shape in our minds. Perhaps someday you might find yourself in Colorado, high up in the Rockies at the Aspen Food and Wine festival, and maybe, just maybe you'll happen upon a Notaviva booth and stop in to enjoy some wine, some music, and the majesty of the great American west with us. So let us not say goodbye, but rather “see you later”. May we all enter this new season in our lives filled with the highest hopes, and may we find peace, joy, love and laughter. On behalf of our family and our crew, from the bottom of our hearts we thank you, we love you, and we will miss you. Best wishes always.