Left to right: John Kent Cooke, Rita Cooke, Rachel Martin, Sean Martin
“…wine being among the earliest luxuries in which we indulge ourselves, it is desirable it should be made here, and we have every soil, aspect, and climate of the best wine countries…” — THOMAS JEFFERSON, 1811
Boxwood, a National Historic Landmark, is one of the earliest horse farms in Middleburg, Virginia, a region of American colonial and Civil War history.
Originally settled in the eighteenth century, the farm became a well-known horse farm, the home of General Billy Mitchell, a pioneer of military aviation, and now the site of Rita and John Kent Cooke’s Boxwood Winery.
“I am convinced that with today’s viticultural knowledge and winemaking techniques Virginia can produce a premium wine as good as anywhere.” — JOHN KENT COOKE
To accomplish this goal, John Kent Cooke asked renowned viticulturalist Lucie Morton to design the sixteen acre vineyard and Purdue University Professor of Enology Richard Vine to advise architect Hugh Newell Jacobsen on the design of the state-of-the-art winery.
In 2006, Boxwood's first vintage, Stephane Derenoncourt, one of Bordeaux's great winemakers, agreed to become consultant to Boxwood, and continues to work with Boxwood winemaker and viticulturist Tyler Henley and Executive Vice President Rachel Martin.