Sunset Hills Vineyard: Eco-Friendly Wine Excellence in Virginia



Few wine enthusiasts know of the vibrant winery culture in Loudoun County, Virginia, or have heard of Sunset Hills Vineyard. Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States of America, envisioned a day when quality grapes and excellent wine were a product of his home state of Virginia.

Fast-forward to the 21st Century, and we find Jefferson’s dream has come true. Sunset Hills would please our third president for its quality wines, eco-friendly practices, and philanthropy. In 2006, owners Mike and Diane Canney purchased an old worn-out farm next to their vineyards in Loudoun County, Virginia, to expand the growing acreage and add both a wine-making facility and a tasting room.

The farm was an old one from 1870 and had gone through several owners. By the time the Canneys bought the farm, it had a large barn falling apart, over-worked soil, and was generally a mess. With a vision for a world-class winery, the work to restore the farm began in earnest.

Sunset Hills hired Amish craftsmen to restore the barn to a condition better than the original. Not only was the barn stripped down to the posts and beams as part of the rehab project, but when restoration work was finished, they added a solar power array that produces 80,000 Kilowatt hours of electricity per year.

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