Mike Carroll

Mike Carroll has owner Leesburg Vintner wine shop in downtown Leesburg for more than 30 year.

Leesburg Vintner, the popular wine shop that has held down the corner of Loudoun and King streets for more than 30 years, will close later this year.

“It's time,” owner Mike Carroll announced Wednesday on Facebook. Carroll plans to retire, per a sign placed outside the shop.

Leesburg Vintner's Facebook page noted: "It's been a great 31 years on this corner. Time to retire and move on. Thank you for your support."

"The Vintner," as it's commonly referred to, opened in 1988 and has been named the Virginia Wine Retailer of the Year by the Virginia Wine Association and Small Business Retailer of the Year by the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce.

Carroll started in the wine business in 1976 when he began working at Cheese and Bottle in Arlington, notes the shop's website. He became manager within two years and has been in the industry ever since.

In 2012, Carroll and his wife began producing their own local wine under the Carroll Vineyards label.

Fans of Leesburg Vintner quickly reacted to the news on Facebook. 

"You've been such a fantastic part of this great town, but I know you will enjoy your next chapter," Lavonne Donohue commented.

"Happy for you, sad for all of us left to ponder our wine choices without your sage advice," added Elaine Haislip Ledbetter. 

Leesburg Vintner | Retiring

(2) comments

Chris McHale

I always enjoy stories of local small businesses that were able to last and provide a retirement for the proprietors.


Normally I'm a bit of a gadfly in the comments, but good on this guy for making a successful go of things.

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