Donald Trump promises “something spectacular” at former Kluge winery
on 05/10/11 at 10:41 amWine
With his sleek, black helicopter emblazoned with the Trump name as a backdrop, Donald Trump made his formal debut Tuesday into Virginia’s wine industry. As usual, he did it in style and on a large scale. At a press conference at The Trump Organization’s newly purchased winery in Albemarle County – formerly the Kluge Estate Winery and Vineyard— the New York billionaire real estate mogul and reality television star promised to “do something spectacular,” on the 900-acre site. “This will be one of the great wineries in the world.”
Trump and his 28-year-old son, Eric, who will run the winery, shared their plans to construct new buildings at the vineyard, expand its product line and eventually get more acres under vine. At 220 acres, the vineyard already is Virginia’s largest. Eric Trump said there will be “many hundreds of new jobs,” as a result of the winery coming under the Trump umbrella of properties. “We’ll start expanding as we gain distribution,” Eric Trump said.
The winery appealed to The Trump Organization as an investment, he said, because of its proximity to Washington, D.C. and Charlottesville, two areas that draw many tourists. “This is an amazing region with an incredible wine history,” he said.