Trump Winery

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Trump Winery (formerly "Kluge Vineyard and Estate") is a Virginia winery situated on Trump Vineyard Estates in Charlottesville, VA. The vineyard was purchased by American business mogul Donald Trump in April 2011[1] and was officially opened in October 2011.[2] President Eric Trump, Donald Trump's son, oversees everything from winemaking and marketing to global distribution and sales.[3] In 2016, during his presidential campaign, Donald Trump claimed that he owned 100 percent of the winery.[4] Despite these claims, he no longer owns Trump Winery as he gave it to his son Eric.[5][6]

Acquisition controversy

Trump bought the 1,300-acre vineyard and winery for a fraction of its original value. Patricia Kluge had owned the property and spent much of her $100-$200 million fortune over two decades developing it into a winery; as her finances dwindled, so did her chances of retaining the property. Bank of America owned the mortgage on the mansion itself and was foreclosing, but the surrounding property remained in a Kluge family trust. Trump, a longstanding friend of Patricia Kluge, bought the 200 acres surrounding the property directly from the Kluge family for less than $500,000; he then placed "No Trespassing" signs around the property and allowed the lawns to become overgrown. This warded off potential buyers and gave Trump the appearance of exclusive access to the property (although the bank's property interest in the main house included right-of-way easements). This gave Trump the opportunity to buy the land from Bank of America for $3.6 million, a fraction of the nearly $16 million the bank had paid at the foreclosure auction to retain the property.[7] Development and renovation of the property was given to Eric Trump, who also supervised the acquisition.

Awards

Before Trump acquired the winery, it had already won over 21 awards throughout the United States and the world. It received 10 Gold Standard awards, including the "Best Sparkling Wines in the World" award with KLUGE SP ROSÉ.

In March, 2013, Wine Enthusiast gave the 2007 Trump SP Reserve a 91-point rating. This is the highest rating ever given to any still or sparkling Virginia wine.[8]

2009 Sparkling Blanc de Blanc

Gold, Vineyard and Winery Management ‘East Meets West’ Silver, Virginia Governor's Cup Silver, Finger Lakes International Wine Competition

2008 Sparkling Blanc de Blanc

Gold, San Francisco International Wine Competition Jefferson Cup 'Best in Class', Jefferson Cup Invitational Double Gold, Finger Lakes International Wine Competition Gold 'Governor's Case', Virginia Governor's Cup Competition Silver, San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Bronze, Dallas Morning News 87 points Bibenda Magazine

2007 Sparkling Blanc de Blanc Double Gold, Best of Class, Jerry D. Mead's New World International Wine Competition Gold, Governor's Cup Gold, Virginia Wine Lover Magazine Wine Classic Silver, San Diego International Wine Competition Silver, Los Angeles International Wine Competition Silver, Monticello Cup

2009 Sparkling Rosé

Winner, Monticello Cup Silver, Vineyard and Winery Management ‘East Meets West’ Silver, Finger Lakes International 86 points Wine Enthusiast Magazine 83 points Bibenda Magazine Silver, Finger Lakes International Wine Competition

2008 Sparkling Rosé

Gold, Jefferson Cup Invitational Gold 'Governor's Case', Virginia Governor's Cup Silver, Dallas Morning News Silver, International Eastern Wine Competition Silver, Florida Wine Challenge Bronze, Finger Lakes International Wine Competition

2009 Sparkling Blanc de Noir

Silver, Virginia Governor's Cup Silver, Monticello Cup 87 points Wine Enthusiast Magazine 86 points Bibenda Magazine

2008 Sparkling Blanc de Noir

Gold, San Diego International Gold, San Diego International Silver, Virginia Governor's Cup Silver, Monticello Cup Bronze, International Eastern Wine Competition

2007 Sparkling Reserve

91 points Wine Enthusiast Magazine Silver, International Eastern 89 points Bibenda Magazine

2013 Sauvignon Blanc

Best in Class/Double Gold, Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition Silver, Indy International Wine Competition Bronze, San Francisco International Wine Competition Bronze, Int'l. Wine Channel TV 86 points Bibenda Magazine

2011 Sauvignon Blanc

Silver, Jefferson Cup Invitational 86 points Wine Enthusiast Magazine 2013 Viognier Best in Class/Gold, Indy International Wine Competition Gold, Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition 87 points Wine Enthusiast Magazine Bronze, San Francisco International Wine Competition Bronze, International Wine Channel TV

2012 Viognier

Gold, San Francisco International Wine Competition Silver, Jefferson Cup Invitational 84 points Bibenda Magazine

2013 Chardonnay

Gold, Indy International Silver, International Wine Channel TV Bronze, Atlantic Seaboard 85 points Bibenda Magazine 85 points Wine Enthusiast Magazine

2012 Chardonnay

Silver, Virginia Governors' Cup

2010 Chardonnay

85 points Wine Enthusiast Magazine Silver, Jefferson Cup Invitational Bronze, Finger Lakes International Wine Competition

2013 Rosé

Silver, San Francisco International Wine Competition Bronze, Indy International Wine Competition 83 points Bibenda Magazine Buy Now!

2012 Rosé

Bronze, Virginia Governor's Cup

2011 Rosé

Top 37 Great American Wines, Saveur Magazine Silver, Jefferson Cup Invitational

2013 Meritage

Medal of American Merit, Jefferson Cup Invitational Silver, Finger Lakes International Wine Competition Buy Now!

2012 Meritage Best in class, East Meets West Competition Gold, Monticello Cup 86 points Wine Enthusiast Magazine 85 points Bibenda Magazine

2012 New World Reserve Jefferson Cup Nominee, Jefferson Cup Gold, Mohonk Mountain House International Wine Masters Silver, Indy International Wine Competition Silver, Monticello Cup Silver, Atlantic Seaboard Wine Competition Silver, International Wine Channel TV Bronze, San Francisco International Wine Competition 89 points Wine Enthusiast Magazine 88 points Bibenda Magazine

Cru, nonvintage Platinum, Virginia Wine Lover Magazine Wine Classic People’s Choice Award, Virginia Wine Showcase Silver, Jerry D. Mead's New World Wine International Wine Competition Silver, Monterey Wine Competition Bronze, San Francisco International Wine Competition 83 points Bibenda Magazine

References

  1. Annie Gowen (2011-02-25). "Trump buys former Kluge-owned winery". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2012-06-19. 
  2. "Trump Winery Opens in Albemarle County". Newsplex.com. 2011-10-04. Retrieved 2012-06-19. 
  3. http://www.trumpwinery.com/winery/our-team/
  4. Brett Neely (March 9, 2016). "Trump Doesn't Own Most of The Products He Pitched Last Night". NPR. Retrieved March 10, 2016. 
  5. http://pagesix.com/2015/06/15/donald-trump-doesnt-own-trump-winery-his-son-does/
  6. http://www.businessinsider.com/meet-donald-trumps-five-children-2015-7
  7. Frank, Robert (2011-07-01). "Donald Trump Picks Up Patricia Kluge's Virginia Assets - WSJ.com". Online.wsj.com. Retrieved 2012-06-19. 
  8. Berninger, Jack (2013-03-24). "Vines and Wines: Trump Winery's 2007 SP Reserve - TimesDispatch.com". Online.TimesDispatch.com. Retrieved 2013-04-04. 

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