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When the idea of turning a hobby into a full-fledged vineyard first sprouted among three families, little did they know it would grow into the award-winning 868 Estate Vineyards. Nestled in the rolling hills of Hillsborough, Virginia, our latest episode uncovers the roots of this multi-family business and the balance of roles that has nurtured its success. As one of the owners joins us, you’ll hear the heartfelt story of how personal passions have intertwined with professional endeavors, leading to a Virginia Governor’s Cup win and how a pandemic pivot reshaped their business trajectory.

The art of hospitality isn’t lost on the team at 868 Estate Vineyards. The challenge of finding and nurturing staff who genuinely embody the vineyard’s ethos is real, and our Nancy reveals the innovative training methods that ensure every visitor feels like part of the family. Delve into the decision-making process behind closing their on-site restaurant to focus on the vineyard’s core experiences and the extraordinary measures taken to make holidays like Mother’s Day unforgettable for guests. A true testament to their dedication, the brand experience at 868 is a delicate blend of comfort, authenticity, and flexibility.

But there’s more to 868 Estate Vineyards than just grapes and good times. Our conversation extends to the wider Loudoun County community, where an extraordinary synergy among local vineyard owners has blossomed, fostering a creative hub for the arts, music, and collective winemaking. Listen to touching experiences that underscore the power of staying present and the magic of kindness, from shared truffle discoveries in the forest to meaningful connections around a bonfire. This episode isn’t just a narrative about wine—it’s a story about cultivating legacies, building bridges, and the simple, transformative acts of empathy that can resonate well beyond the vineyard’s edges.

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