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 19 acres 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.
In 2006, internationally acclaimed Bordeaux winemaker Stephane Derenoncourt, became consultant to Boxwood and produced his first vintage of Boxwood and Topiary. As a winemaker and consultant, Stephane’s work is defined as a quest for the optimum expression of the terroir. The aim of his various methods is to encourage the roots to explore the soil so that all its components are transferred to the fruit. As he says, the less Man attempts to change the terroir, the better the wine.
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.