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 is committed to making premium red and white wines in the Bordeaux tradition with their own distinct Virginia expression.
Boxwood Winery is located in an area steeped in Revolutionary and Civil War 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 historical landmark farm and are planted with traditional Bordeaux varietals ENTAV certified: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Sauvignon Blanc and Sauvignon Gris. Noted viticulturist Lucie Morton has been the vineyard consultant since the founding of the winery.
The stunning modern-style winery, completed in 2005, was designed by prominent architect 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 with French barrels, 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.
Internationally acclaimed Stephane Derenoncourt has been consultant to Boxwood since the winery was established.
Boxwood Estate Winery is managed by John Kent Cooke and Vice President Sean Martin. The winemaker and vineyard manager is Jim Kress with 30 years experience producing award-winning wines.