Trump Winery produces a selection of sparkling wines all made in the traditional methode champenoise style. This sparkling wine is crafted from 100% estate grown Chardonnay and is aged a minimum of 36 months on the yeast to increase complexity. Flavors of bright green apple, lemon notes, pear and brioche.
The Trump Winery is owned by Donald Trump’s son Eric and has been part of the Trump family since 2011 when it was bought out of foreclosure.
The winery was created in 1999 by Patricia Kluge in Virginia, very close to Jefferson’s Monticello. Kluge, who was married to and divorced billionaire Metromedia boss John Kluge, invested heavily in the property and the wines did very well with critics. In her divorce from Kluge she didn’t collect a large settlement, but ended up with the estate and later spent much of her fortune on creating the winery. The winery at first received great critical success.
Forbes describes the circumstances that led to the sale to Trump:
“Perhaps intoxicated by her success, Kluge decided to expand aggressively. Over the past five years she took out $65 million in loans, according to public records. The money went into expanding wine production and building a super-luxury subdivision called Vineyard Estates, which was to include 24 multimillion-dollar homes with pools, outdoor kitchens, tennis courts, horse trails–and even space for private vineyards.
That’s when the housing crisis hit. Vineyard Estates failed to draw buyers. Property values plunged.”
The house and estate were originally on the market for $100 but garnered no offers. The bank foreclosed. According to Dann Dunn in his book American Wino, Trump ended up purchasing the estate for $6.5M.