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Middleburg’s Chrysalis Vineyard eyes expansion with creamery and bakery

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Chrysalis Vineyards in Middleburg will undergo a major expansion to include a creamery and bakery, creating a dozen new jobs in the process.

More than $478,000 will be invested in expanding Chrysalis' operation, known as The Ag District. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) approved a $24,000 grant from the Governor's Agriculture and Forestry Industries Development (AFID) Fund. According to the Loudoun Economic Development Department, approval for matching the amount with local funds will go before the Board of Supervisors on Oct.19.

The vineyard will buy 100 percent of its agricultural inputs from Virginia farmers. The creamery and bakery aims to give visitors the opportunity to purchase locally produced cheeses and breads, along with the wines, on site.

In a prepared statement Sept. 28, McAuliffe said the expansion was a unique addition to the rural agritourism assets in Loudoun County and a great win in terms of the “ongoing efforts to build the new Virginia economy.”

“Chrysalis Vineyards’ investment and job creation in Loudoun, and the company’s commitment to purchase Virginia-grown products, underscores the crucial role that agriculture plays throughout the Commonwealth,” McAuliffe added.

Chrysalis Vineyards Owner Jennifer McCloud said over the last few decades farming activity in the county had waned, and the grant would support bringing employment, good food and greater business activity to the local community.

“It’s a win-win, not only for all the hard-working folks on this farm, but for our customers, suppliers and fellow local businesses, as well. It’s certainly a smart way to increase economic activity by revitalizing profitable agricultural, and preserving open spaces for the public to visit and enjoy,” McCloud said in a prepared statement.

The vineyard has the largest planting of Norton wine grapes in the world. Norton is Virginia's historic native grape.

Loudoun has the most wineries of any county in Virginia with more than 40.

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