The owners of Lost Creek Winery in Lucketts are planning to open a new wine bar in downtown Leesburg in the spring.
Todd and Aimee Henkle today announced plans for Echelon Urban Wine Bar, set to open in a 3,200-square-foot space in the basement of 32 S. King St. The entrance is adjacent to the retail shop Brick and Mortar.
In addition to the tasting room, there will be a private event space to host wine education classes, a commercial kitchen, bistro tables and lounge seating, along with a 1,000-bottle wine cellar.
Aimee Henkle told the Times-Mirror the interior will have a "rustic modern" theme with wood floors, stone walls, glass doors around the wine cellar and a black concrete fireplace.
Echelon will serve about 100 international and local wines, including offerings from Lost Creek.
The Echelon concept began several years ago when Lost Creek started hosting themed wine events, which grew in popularity and frequently sold out.
The Henkles began searching for a place to open in downtown Leesburg so they could get more exposure for their events and wines. When they found the space at South King Street, they felt it was a "primo spot" where there would be a lot of foot traffic.
"Wine is changing, and people are looking for experiences. They are more open-minded, and there are unique things out there for people to explore. We want to bring the wonder and enjoyment of new things to the wine world," Henkle said.
Using vegetables from a chef's garden on their 50-acre property in Lucketts, Echelon will offer a small plate menu designed to pair with the monthly themed wines. The culinary program will be headed up by Executive Chef Landon Barnes, a West Virginia native.
The wine bar is named for Lost Creek’s top red blend, Echelon. The first Echelon vintage in 2016 was awarded a double-gold in the San Francisco International wine competition and scored 90 points from James Suckling.
“Part of our motivation to open Echelon is to not only share the Lost Creek brand, but to showcase other local brands. We felt downtown Leesburg was a perfect place given it is the gateway to Loudoun County wine country," Henkle said.