Trump Winery

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Trump Winery
Trump Winery logo.png
Location Charlottesville, Virginia, USA
Formerly Kluge Estate Winery and Vineyard
Founded October, 2011
Key people Donald Trump, Owner
Eric Trump, President
Kerry Woolard, General Manager
Jonathan Wheeler, Winemaker
Parent company The Trump Organization
Eric Trump Wine Manufacturing LLC
Distribution International
Tasting Open to the public
Website http://www.trumpwinery.com

Trump Winery (formerly Kluge Estate Winery and Vineyard[1]) is a Virginia winery situated on Trump Vineyard Estates in Charlottesville, Virginia. It is the largest winery vineyard in Virginia. The vineyard was purchased by businessman (now U.S. President) Donald Trump in April 2011[2] and was officially re-opened in October 2011.[3] It is currently run by Trump's son Eric, under the name Eric Trump Wine Manufacturing LLC.[4][5]

The current General Manager of the winery, Kerry Hannon Woolard, was a supporter of Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and appeared as a guest speaker at the 2016 Republican National Convention as well as other campaign events.[6]

Acquisition[edit]

Donald Trump has been accused of having deliberately driven down the value of the vineyard prior to purchasing it out of foreclosure from Patricia Kluge, a former nude model and former wife of American billionaire John Kluge. After her divorce in 1990, Kluge spent much of her remaining fortune over the following two decades, in 1999 establishing a winery and continuing to expand its production.[7] She and her new husband also took out $65 million in loans to fund the expansion.[7] In 2011 the couple defaulted on the loans.[7][8] Bank of America acquired the mortgage on the mansion itself, but the surrounding property was still held in a Kluge family trust. Trump, a longstanding friend of Patricia Kluge, bought the 200 acres (0.81 km2) surrounding the property directly from the trust for less than $500,000. The bank later alleged that Trump subsequently arranged for "No Trespassing" signs to be placed around the property and to allow the lawns to become overgrown in order to ward off potential buyers and to give the appearance of Trump's exclusive access to the property, although the bank's property interest in the main house included right-of-way easements. Trump then purchased the land from Bank of America for $3.6 million, a significant discount from the $16 million the bank had paid at the foreclosure auction to retain the property[9] and to Kluge's original $100 million asking price the prior year.[7]

In March 2016 Donald Trump stated publicly that he owned "the largest winery on the east coast,"[4][5][10], although according to Politifact it is not.[11]

Awards[edit]

Before Trump acquired the winery, it had already won over 21 awards throughout the United States and the world. It received 10 Gold Standard awards, including the "Best Sparkling Wines in the World" award for Kluge SP Rosé.

In March 2013, Wine Enthusiast magazine gave the 2007 Trump SP Reserve a 91-point rating, which was at that time the highest rating for a still or sparkling Virginia wine.[12]

Boycott[edit]

During Valentine's Day weekend of 2017, a Virginia chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) called for a boycott of Wegmans supermarkets in the state. NOW had wanted to protest President Trump by calling for shoppers to not go to Wegmans due to them selling Trump Winery products.

However, it wound up having the opposite effect as many Trump supporters who had heard about the planned boycott went to the ten Wegmans locations in Virginia specifically to purchase Trump Winery products, causing them to sell most of their stock on hand.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Morgan Brennan (2011-03-10). "The Rise And Fall Of Patricia Kluge". Forbes. Retrieved 2016-07-12. 
  2. ^ Annie Gowen (2011-02-25). "Trump buys former Kluge-owned winery". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2012-06-19. 
  3. ^ "Trump Winery Opens in Albemarle County". Newsplex.com. 2011-10-04. Retrieved 2012-06-19. 
  4. ^ a b Johnson, Richard (2015-06-15). "Donald Trump doesn’t own Trump Winery, his son does". Page Six. Retrieved 2016-12-16. 
  5. ^ a b Finance. "Meet Donald Trump's five children". Business Insider. Retrieved 2016-12-16. 
  6. ^ ABC15 Arizona (19 July 2016). "FULL SPEECH: Kerry Woolard Trump Winery - Republican National Convention". Retrieved 27 May 2017 – via YouTube. 
  7. ^ a b c d Brennan, Morgan (2011-03-10). "The Rise And Fall Of Patricia Kluge". Retrieved 2016-09-26. 
  8. ^ "Where did all the money go? Former nude model who became 'richest divorcee in history' declares herself bankrupt". Retrieved 2016-09-26. 
  9. ^ Frank, Robert (2011-07-01). "Donald Trump Picks Up Patricia Kluge's Virginia Assets - WSJ.com". Online.wsj.com. Retrieved 2012-06-19. 
  10. ^ Rothbaum, Noah (2016-03-10). "Trump Wine Is Built on Acres of Lies". The Daily Beast. The Daily Beast. Retrieved 2016-09-26. 
  11. ^ Gorman, Sean (2016-03-21). "Donald Trump incorrectly says Virginia winery is the largest on East Coast". Politifact. Retrieved 2016-10-19. 
  12. ^ Berninger, Jack (2013-03-24). "Vines and Wines: Trump Winery's 2007 SP Reserve - TimesDispatch.com". Online.TimesDispatch.com. Retrieved 2013-04-04. 
  13. ^ "Wegmans supermarket sells out of Trump wine after proposed boycott". 20 February 2017. Retrieved 27 May 2017. 

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