Saturday, July 09, 2011

A Winery Grows in Blacksburg, VA

Virginia Tech Professor starts vineyard, winery
July 07, 2011By Holly Pietrzak Weekend Anchor/Reporter

MONTGOMERY CO., Va. — A Virginia Tech professor is starting a winery just outside of Blacksburg in Montgomery County.

It's been Yvan Beliveau's dream to have a vineyard. His first planting was in April 2009 and now he spends much of his time tending to the vines. He and his wife, Joyce, bought 165 acres of land in 2001. They started a french country style, bed and breakfast and event center named Masion Beliveau four years ago. It allowed them to invest in the vineyard and winery.

The vines are still young, but Beliveau will begin bottling wine this fall.

"We hope that for at least the first couple of years that all of our sales are from here, that we actually don't distribute. That we hope to maintain. We're not looking to ever become a big vineyard. We'd like to stay in that 40-80,000 bottles a year.," said Beliveau.

The winery is under construction and will open in April, just in time for Tech's Spring game. According to the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, there were only six wineries in Virginia. As of 2007, there were more than 130.