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Horizontal Success with Trump Winery

Jessica Altieri on March 12, 2014 - 7:26 am in Featured Video, Killer Pairings

When you hear the name Trump, you may think of vertical success. Well, we’re here to tell you that Trump success and winning is horizontal as well. Horizontal as in vineyards vs buildings. Wine Channel TV host Jessica Altieri and Trump Winery GM Kerry Woolard get together and talk about the rapid rise of Trump Winery in the world of “horizontal giants”. Check out this weeks segment with Wine TV!


The Trump Winery in Charlottesville, Virginia

A winery’s own distinctness plays a role in the wines it produces, and the Trump Winery in beautiful Charlottesville, Virginia is no exception. Situated only miles from Monticello and the Ashlawn-Highland, the Trump Winery combines old-world and new world production techniques to follow in the footsteps of great French winemakers in Champagne and Bordeaux while producing something entirely distinct.

The Winery’s Geography

Trump Winery utilizes high-density plantings in elevations of between 600 and 1000 feet in order to sustainably produce white, red and sparkling wines. Traditional Bordeaux grapes including Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Verdot and Merlot are planted along southern facing slopes, allowing the winery to achieve grapes at their maximum maturity. This allows the wines produced here to be both deep and complex in all of Trump Winery’s Bordeaux-style wine blends.

Also notable, the winery’s sparkling vineyards include Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. These varietals were chosen due to their unique microclimates. With these wines, it is essential to delay the grape’s maturity in order to preserve the natural minerality and acidity which play an essential role in developing the distinct flavor of sparkling wines.

What you can expect with every wine that comes from Trump Winery is quality and character. Trump Winery only utilizes the very best grape varietals and production techniques, striving to create only greatness. The Trump Winery puts a great amount of effort into its wine making techniques, employing a unique blend of old world and new world techniques. This allows the winery to follow in the footsteps of the greatest wine makers in French history while producing something entirely new and distinct.

Wine Making Techniques

Trump Winery strives to utilize a mixture of both traditional winemaking techniques and the most innovative techniques currently in existence. This is a winery which prides itself on the development and production of high-quality, terroir driven wines which are distinct and unique.

• Trump Winery creates its red wines in the Bordeaux style using Malbec, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petite Verdot and Merlot grape varietals. One of the primary goals of the winery is to push these grapes into the very peak of their maturity in order to produce the highest quality of results. These are wines with structure and an innate ability to age.

• Sparkling wines produced in the Virginia winery are produced using Methode Champenoise, the true wine making tradition of Champagne which was initially made famous by the Benedictine monks. The carbonation in the wine is produced using natural yeast. There are very important techniques involved in preparing the grapes for wine making, including hand picking the grapes at night and gently cold-pressing them in order to produce a juice which is rich in character and acidity. The techniques employed by Trump Winery are absolutely essential in producing the high quality wines the winery is known for.

• Trump Winery specializes in gentle hand picking, hand sorting and processing techniques for all of its grapes. The processes vary depending on the varietal and the intended finished product. For example, red wines are aged in French Oak barrels over a period of between 12 and 18 months, while sparkling wines are aged in stainless steel and French Oak over a span of nine months before they are blended and re-bottled for a second fermentation process. The average sparkling wine from Trump Winery is aged an additional 22 months in order to develop the highest level of depth and complexity before it is allowed to be sold.

The deep and intricate traditions and techniques employed by Trump Winery are a testament to the quality of the wines it produces. Trump Winery’s wines, derived from the highest standards of production, are always a welcomed addition to any dinner table or special occasion. Whether you seek a deep, complex sparkling wine for a special occasion or a unique red for a romantic dinner, Trump Winery’s varietals are sure to impress.


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