Boxwood Estate Winery in the Middleburg Virginia AVA, is the fulfillment of a long-held dream by proprietor John Kent Cooke, former owner and president of the NFL Washington Redskins. An admirer and collector of French wines, particularly great Bordeaux, Cooke and his team at Boxwood are committed to making premium red & white wines in the Bordeaux tradition, but with their own, distinct Virginia expression.
Boxwood Winery is located in an area steeped in Revolutionary, Civil War American history and renowned for world-famous horse farms. Today the area is also known as a wine region, Virginia being the fifth largest wine producing state. The Boxwood sustainable vineyards occupy 26.5 acres of the historic landmark farm, and are planted with traditional Bordeaux varietals, predominately Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc & Sauvignon Blanc, all ENTAV certified, by noted viticulturist Lucie Morton who continues to consult on the vineyard.
The stunning modern-styled winery, completed in 2005, was designed by Hugh Newell Jacobsen, with winery consultant Dr. Richard Vine, Head of the Oenology Department at Purdue University. The winery complex, which features four buildings and a circular underground aging cellar, is modern but harmonious with the historic farm and the Virginia countryside. State-of-the-art equipment was chosen from the USA, Italy and France. The annual capacity at Boxwood is limited to 5,000 cases.
In 2006 internationally acclaimed winemaker Stéphane Derenoncourt became consultant to Boxwood and produced his first vintage of Boxwood and Topiary and is still with Boxwood today.
Boxwood Estate Winery is managed by John Kent Cooke, Sean Martin and winemaker Jim Kress.