Boxwood Estate Winery in Middleburg, Virginia, is the fulfillment of a long-held dream by proprietor John Kent Cooke, a former owner and president of the NFL Washington Redskins. An admirer and collector of French wines, particularly great Bordeaux, Cooke and his team at Boxwood are committed to making premium red wines in the Bordeaux tradition, but with their own, distinct Virginia expression: Boxwood, reflecting the “Medoc” style (a Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot/Petit Verdot blend) and Topiary, in the “Saint-Emilion” style (a Cabernet Franc/Merlot blend).
Boxwood Winery is located in Middleburg, Virginia’s 7th and newest AVA. This is an area steeped in Revolutionary and Civil War American history and renowned for world-famous horse farms and today the area is also known as a respected wine region.
The Boxwood sustainable vineyard, designed by noted viticulturist and consultant Lucie Morton, occupies almost 8 hectares of the farm, and are planted with traditional Bordeaux varietals, predominantly Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Cabernet Franc, all ENTAV certified by the French Government.
The stunning modern-style winery, completed in 2005, was designed by nationally acclaimed 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 ageing cellar, 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.
Josh Gerard is the Winemaker and Vineyard Manager for Boxwood Estate Winery. After spending time on the retail side of the wine business, learning and tasting the great wines of the world, he set his sights on becoming a producer of fine wine. Josh received a degree in Viticulture & Enology at Lincoln University in Christchurch, New Zealand. Upon completion of the degree, he remained in New Zealand to work in the vineyards and cellar during harvest.
Before settling into an enologist position in Alexander Valley of Sonoma County for three years, he had worked a diverse range of internships internationally and nationally including, Domaine Serene in Oregon. He thought it would be interesting, different and challenging to make wine on the Atlantic seaboard. The assistant winemaking position at Karamoor Estate in Pennsylvania showed that even though viticulture on the east coast is difficult, the rewards are well worth it. Making the move to Boxwood Estate Winery in Middleburg, Virginia, was an easy decision for Josh. It is an opportunity to work with an exceptional team; world renowned viticulturist Lucie Morton, wine consultant Stephane Derenoncourt and Executive Vice President Rachel Martin. The prodigious efforts in the vineyard are exemplified in the wine and Josh is enthusiastic to be a part of the process.
Boxwood Winery is managed by Rita and John Kent Cooke’s daughter, Rachel Martin, who studied viticulture and enology at Napa College and sensory evaluation of wine at the University of Bordeaux in France.