The Wine Reserve Readies for Opening

The former Loudoun Valley Vineyards on Rt. 9 near Waterford is opening under new ownership.

Cori and Jonathan Phillips have named their new vineyard and winery The Wine Reserve at Waterford. They plan to open to the public on Saturday, Jan. 21.

The couple bought the property in December 2015. “We’ve been fixing it up ever since,” Cori Phillips said. The one attribute the two co-owners do not yet have is wine making expertise, although Jonathan Phillips took wine classes at Virginia Tech. They plan to start by collaborating with Loudoun winemaker Doug Fabbioli.

“I’m big in the beverage market and event planning,” Cori Phillips said. About five years ago, she said she worked in a tasting room and loved it.

At first, the Phillips thought they’d have to buy land and build, but then the Waterford property came available, so the couple jumped at the opportunity. They replanted some vines and planted some petit verdot in the spring.

At first, the couple plans to open on weekends only, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Later, they hope to expand to a Thursday through Sunday schedule

For information, go to waterfordwinereserve.com

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