Cville gets “Trumped”
For over 200 years, Charlottesville, Virginia’s claim to fame has been the home of Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of the United States and co-author of the Declaration of Independence. Henceforth, another high-profile name will be associated with Charlottesville. Today, Donald “The Donald” Trump achieved quite a coup in purchasing over 647 acres in the piedmont wine country of Virginia for a mere 6.2 million dollars.
Valued at over 28 million dollars, the largest tract included 647+/- acre tract of planted vines, event pavilion, large office barn, a carriage museum, and three cottages ideal for staff or guest accommodations. 60+/- acres of clear land that has ideal slope and elevation for future planting. Tract 3, a 131.7+/- acres tract contains the original vineyard as well as the winery production building, 2 2BD/1BA cottages, a barrel cave that can hold approximately 500 barrels, and a modular office.
J.P. King Auction Company, Inc., the oldest real estate auction company in the United States conducted the auction. A video of the Kluge Estate and Winery offers the public a glimpse of the exquisite property that fell under the same circumstances encountered by many during these tough economic times. Donald Trump was poised and ready to capitalize on an incredible investment opportunity… and he succeeded.
During a recent PVCC viticulture class, I had the chance to prune some vines under the tutelage of Chris Hill and Gabrielle Rausse. I wonder if Mr. Trump will ever invite me over? That might have been my first and last tour of the Kluge vineyard.
Locals can only speculate what plans Trump has for Kluge. Will his name be the new label? Will it be Gold?? Highly likely considering past history. One thing is certain, Virginia’s wine country and Charlottesville will gain more international attention with the Trump branding.
We are an understated area, elegant and quiet, will Charlottesville ever be the same?