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News Bulletin : Wintergreen Winery Property Selling To Local Partners : New Hard Cidery To Establish

[ 3 ] June 18, 2015 |

©2015 Blue Ridge Life Magazine : Once day before the years old winery was to be auctioned off, it has been sold to local businessman Todd Rath and partners. The site will eventually become Nelson's second hard cider company.

©2015 Blue Ridge Life Magazine : One day before the year’s old winery was to be auctioned off, its now inder contract to be sold to local businessman Todd Rath and partners. The site will eventually become Nelson’s second hard cider company.

Beech Grove / Roseland
Nelson County, Virginia

BRLM can confirm this evening that Wintergreen Winery properties is under contract to be sold to local businessman Todd Rath and his partners. The years old winery was to be sold at an absolute auction on Friday – June 19th. “Myself and partners in my real estate group have completed a contract to purchase the 27 acres known as Wintergreen Winery on Beach Grove Road,” Rath told BRLM around 5:30 Thursday afternoon.

The winery originally opened back in 1992. It was eventually sold to different partners and continued operating until a few months ago when the auction was announced. Below is a Facebook post by Tamara Stone announcing the closure to customers.

It is with sadness and regret that I announce that Wintergreen Winery has closed. The decision to close was based on a…

Posted by Wintergreen Winery on Thursday, May 21, 2015

Photo By Tommy Stafford : Ironically, Todd Rath (right) just held an open house on Thursday afternoon for the public to drop by and see his newly opened Rockfish Valley Inn in Afton.

Photo By Tommy Stafford : Ironically, Todd Rath (right) just held an open house on Thursday afternoon for the public to drop by and see his newly opened Rockfish Valley Inn in Afton.

Photo By Tommy Stafford : Prior to opening the Rockfish Valley Inn, Rath founded, The Blue Toad pub & restaurant on Route 151 in Afton back in 2001. (Formerly D'Ambolas Italian Restaurant) Rath later sold the restaurant and began pursuing hard cider making. He already operates a hard cider company in New York and is looking to expand the operation to Nelson.

Photo By Tommy Stafford : Prior to opening the Rockfish Valley Inn, Rath founded The Blue Toad pub & restaurant on Route 151 in Afton back in 2001. (Formerly D’Ambolas Italian Restaurant) Rath later sold the restaurant and began pursuing hard cider making. He already operates Blue Toad Hard Cider Company in New York and is looking to expand the operation to Nelson.

“We have been eyeing the area for months and drafting plans to build on real estate owned by Kim (Rath – Todd’s wife) and I across from Silverback Distillery. Our plans have changed a bit with these developments. We plan on making our front 17 acres into total agriculture growing apples, black cherry’s, strawberries and more, creating an amazing farm at the base of the Blue Ridge,” Rath continued in our Thursday discussion.

Rath went on to say their event center will overlook the farm in its entirety. “Basically anything we can make flavored local ciders out of. Were excited for whats to come here at the former Wintergreen Winery.”

Rath says they expect to begin making changes to the old winery within 30 days pending licensing.

More details as they unfold.

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