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About Us

OUR STORY

After several years of searching for just the right spot, the Harks bought the initial 70 acres of open grazing land in 2015. In the years since, the land has been methodically cultivated to maximize the site’s winegrowing potential, create spaces for gatherings as well as quietude, and bring to life the vision that is Hark Vineyards.

The Harks love the outdoors, and in particular the bucolic landscapes of Central Virginia. They see the promise of Virginia wine and appreciate the way each vintage tells the story of its growing season. And they believe each of these are enhanced when enjoyed together with friends and those who are not yet your friends.

OUR HISTORY

From open fields, our vision to maximize wine quality and guest enjoyment has taken shape

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property purchased

2015

After several years searching for the right spot, the Harks purchase the initial 70 acre tract of open farmland in January.

a fortuitous meeting

Aaron meets Jake Busching in a PVCC viticulture class, and they bond over a similar perspective on what it takes to build a successful Virginia vineyard. Fascinated by the site and nascent project, Jake signs on as a consultant.

preparation

Cattle roam most of the property as an initial vineyard site is laid out and prepared.

first planting

2016

Chardonnay, Merlot, Petit Verdot, and Cabernet Franc are planted in block A, for a total of 8 acres of vines.

first harvest

2017

Favorable rains in 2016, and a good growing season in 2017, allowed us to make our first harvest on second leaf vines.

continued growth

Petit Manseng is added to vineyard block A, and preparations begin for block B as a site of two white wine varietals. Busching joins as full-time winemaker.

construction begins

2018

A neighboring parcel is purchased, bringing the estate to 80 acres. In June, construction begins on our 8500 sq ft winery production building.

production building completed

2019

After nearly 11 months of construction through the relentless rains of 2018, our production building is completed in May.

first harvest into new building

The first harvest into our own building is a huge success. 2019 was a excellent growing season by all measures, and the fruit coming off our vines is beyond beautiful.

open to the public

Our doors opened to the public for the first time on Friday October 11, 2019. Neighbors came with stories of having watched the property develop over the last five years, and with excitement for all that is to come!

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Photo of AJ Greely leaning against barrels
AJ Greely
Winemaker

Having spent a decade in the Virginia wine industry, AJ worked with and learned from many great Virginia winemakers and viticulturalists. She's excited to have found her home here at Hark, where she looks forward to using that knowledge to make excellent wines for a wide variety of palates. AJ is the current president of the Virginia Vineyards Association.

Luke Hintz
Vineyard Manager

Luke joined our team in 2020, following seven years in restaurant hospitality. His zeal for learning has led him into cellar operations and to vineyard management, establishing him as a key part of our winemaking team.

Paul Hoover
Cellar and Vineyard

Paul is our jack of all trades. He meticulously maintains our equipment and leads a variety of projects around the vineyard.

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Reid Dougherty
Assistant Winemaker and Distribution Lead

Reid has periously worked in distribution and is now heading our efforts at Hark, but he is also expanding his skills at winemaking and has become an asset in the cellar.

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Thomas Leckrone
Cellar and Vineyard

Thomas began with us in the tasting room, but after showing an interest and aptitude for cellar operations, joined us full time in that role in 2023.