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Coltsfoot Winery

(Abingdon,VA)

Five years ago while Sandra's father, a home winemaker, was making wine for her son's wedding reception, she and her husband, Edward, become interested in the art of winemaking. After learning the old-fashioned wine process that her father used, Edward began to read and inquire about more up-to-date methods. What developed was a love of winemaking which is evident in the wines that we make and sell today. We started experimenting with Country Wines (wines that are not made with grapes,) because we could pick the berries ourselves. We began with elderberry & blackberry, and then started discovering other fruits and berries that made delicious wines. A friend designed our award winning label before we decided to start a farm winery, so that we could give our wines as gifts. After much encouragement from our family & friends and receiving a Gold Addy and the Judges Choice from the Tri-City Metro Ad Federation in 2006, we planted our bushes, brambles and orchard, began our farm winery licensing process and started turning a portion of our home into the winery. We felt it important to name our winery something that was meaningful to our family. During that period when we were racking our brains for the "perfect' name, we took a trip to the mountains of West Virginia. On our way home we noticed the Coltsfoot blooms coming through the snow. This was a flower we always looked forward to spotting when traveling with our children in the early spring. Coltsfoot is known as the "first sign of spring, or "the bloom of a new beginning.' Thus the name...Coltsfoot Winery. We became a farm winery in February, set our first wine in March, and sold our first bottle in August to our friends, Jim & Annette Thomas of Countryside Vineyards & Winery. Edward & Sandra Carney are the winemakers, but the winery, bushes, brambles, and orchard involves everyone in the family and many close friends.

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