Meet the Winemaker: Aimee and Todd Henkle at Lost Creek Winery



The Winemakers
Aimee and Todd Henkle, owners of The Vineyards & Winery at Lost Creek, have had a passion for wine for 18 years. Through various educational forums, training at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa and hands-on training with their consultant winemaker after the purchase of Lost Creek, they have developed an in-depth experience in both winemaking and viticulture.

Philosophy
“Our winemaking philosophy starts in the vineyard to help build depth and bring structure to our wines. Once our fruit is in the cellar, we take a minimalistic approach in the winemaking process. We age our wines in French oak barrels and/or stainless steel to produce elegant, yet complex-style wines.”

A Word of Wisdom
“Be thoughtful in the wines that you pair with your meal. Pairings can exemplify wines that you would not normally “sip” on. Some tips: Match rich foods (like red meat) with bolder, high-alcohol wines; Sweet wines will be “flabby” when paired with high-acid foods, so go dry; Like it sweet? Pair sweet wines with spicy food like Thai.”

The Winery
The Vineyards & Winery at Lost Creek is a 50-acre boutique winery nestled on the rolling hills of Northern Virginia, 10 minutes outside of historic Leesburg and an hour outside of Washington, D.C. Tucked away between Route 15 and the Potomac River, Lost Creek Winery is a scenic destination that offers high-quality Virginia wines in a casual, elegant atmosphere. 

“Our winery features large, outdoor patios, as well as a tasting room for visitors and a 21-and-older club lounge for our Harvest Club members,” Aimee Henkle says. “We have a full bistro menu and offer several food and wine pairing experiences. We have multiple event spaces at our private event venue, The Harvest House.”

Offerings
White/rosé: five wines, including two different styles of chardonnay (stainless steel as well as barrel aged), two styles of vidal blanc (one dry and an off-dry) and a rosé.

Red: five wines, including three Bordeaux-style blends and cabernet sauvignon.

Recommendations
2015 Chardonnay: Vibrant, crisp 100 percent estate-grown chardonnay aged in stainless steel; a perfect summer sipping wine.

2014 Trinity: A blend for cabernet franc lovers with 42 percent cabernet franc, 43 percent cabernet sauvignon and 15 percent merlot aged in French oak for 18 months. A great, approachable red wine.

Accolades and Awards
-2012 Merlot, Platinum, Virginia Wine Classic
-2013 Genesis, Gold Virginia Wine Classic, Silver San Francisco International.
-2013 Provenance, Silver Virginia Governor’s Cup.
-2015 Best Agricultural Small Business in Loudoun County Finalist.
-Aimee was recognized in 2014 by Leesburg Today as one of the Top 40 under 40 leaders in Loudoun County.

The Vineyards & Winery at Lost Creek
43277 Spinks Ferry Rd., Leesburg
703-443-9836
Contact winery for days and hours of operation.

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