Virginia Horton Vineyards founder passes away

/Virginia Horton Vineyards founder passes away

Local figure Dennis Horton, who founded Horton Vineyards in the 1980s, past away earlier this week.

Horton studied grape varieties and growing in several places – however,  he is best known for being the first to plant Viognier in Virginia in 1989. In 1988, Horton and his business partner, Joan Bieda, bought 55 acres and established Horton Vineyards.

Horton, who passed away on June 19, was 72.

According to a post on the vineyard’s Facebook page, he was honored with the Rhone Rangers at the Smithsonian Winemakers Dinner Rhone in the USA on the day of his passing.

A celebration of life will be held at Horton Vineyards on July 9 at 4pm.

Our condolences to his family and associates at Horton Vineyards.

Image Credit: Photograph by David Deal; Courtesy of Washingtonian