Six women shaking up the mid-Atlantic winemaking scene
The Virginia winemaking industry is starting to get the recognition it deserves, according to winemaker Lori Corcoran, co-owner of Corcoran Vineyards in Waterford. Increased investment has brought in new faces, including bold-letter names like Donald Trump, Steve Case and Mike and Kristi Huber, owners of regional furniture giant Belfort Furniture in Sterling.
“They have brought in more awareness,” Corcoran said. “Loudoun County is becoming a destination, with bigger properties that are also venues for weddings and events. It helps us all.”
Corcoran and her husband, Jim, started growing grapes on their farm in 2001. She then went to Virginia Tech to get a better understanding of the chemistry side of winemaking, and over the next 10 years increased the winery’s annual