Local vineyard owners among governor’s appointments

Two vineyard owners from the Northern Shenandoah Valley area received appointments from Gov. Terry McAuliffe this week.

Jeff White, owner and wine grower at Glen Manor Vineyards in Front Royal, will serve on the Virginia Agricultural Council.

The council meets twice a year and discusses grant proposals for agriculturally based projects.

Secretary of Agriculture Todd Haymore said, “The council, to my recollection, has not had a grape grower in recent memory.”

White has worked as a grower at Glen Manor since 1995, and has been in the industry for over 20 years.

“I’m eager to help and … giving back to the community is something everybody should do every now and then,” White said. “This is not a paid position, I’m just offering some of my time and, hopefully, expertise.”

Haymore said that, due to Glen Manor’s recognition in the industry and White’s experience, that White will be a “great addition to the [council].”

Steven Brown, president of Indian Springs Farm and Vineyard in Woodstock, joined the Virginia Wine Board this week.

The board consists of producers, winemakers and vineyard owners from across the state.

“Steven is recognized as a very, very high quality grape grower, very engaged in the Virginia Vineyards Association and someone committed to the cause of producing quality fruit,” Haymore said.

Brown noted that he feels “very honored being selected.”

“Hopefully, my inclusion on this wine board, from a grower’s standpoint, can help them meet some of their long-term objectives of more vineyards,” Brown said.

Brown referred to the challenge of instituting more vineyards, growing more grapes and enhancing the industry as a “positive challenge.”

“You can’t sit in a lawn chair and just let the grass grow. You have to seed it and cultivate it and make it happen,” Brown said.

Contact staff writer Kevin Green at 540-465-5137 ext. 155, or kgreen@nvdaily.com