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the Grace family

 
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Grace Estate and our wines were named to honor the ancestors of our owner, John Sheffield Grace

The Grace family history touches three millennia. Our known history begins with Odo, Earl of Aumale (Albemarle by the British), Count of Champagne, who was born in 1040 to Stephen II of Troyes and Maux, and Adele. He was Count of Troyes and of Meaux from 1047 to 1066, then Count of Aumale from 1069 to 1115. In 1060, Odo married Adelaide (also called Adeliza), sister of William the Conqueror and daughter of Duke Robert “the Magnificent” of Normandy, and Herleve of Falais. Odo assisted his brother-in-law in the conquering of England in 1066, earning him and Adelaide land holdings in the region. For his services in the conquest of England, William the Conqueror gave Odo Holderness in Yorkshire. Odo is thought to be the primogenitor of the modern Grace family because his son William was the first to take the name Le Gros, which over the centuries evolved to Le Gras, Gras,  and, eventually, to Grace. William Le Gros defeated King David I of Scotland in 1138 at the Battle of the Standard and was made Earl of York by King Stephen of England.

 
 
 

OUR TEAM 

 
 
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The Team Behind our Wines and your Experience

 
Peter Dimmick,  CSW  General Manager

Peter Dimmick, CSW General Manager

Peter Dimmick, CSW
General Manager

Peter joined Grace Estate Winery in 2018 to direct all aspects of the winery business – production, sales, marketing, vineyard management, finance, hospitality, and facilities management. He combines wine industry experience at The Winery at Bull Run and First Colony Winery with years in consulting and corporate sales. He earned the Certified Specialist of Wine certification from the Society of Wine Educators in 2017. Peter first called Charlottesville home in 2008 after moving from his home state of Pennsylvania to earn his Masters from the University of Virginia. He and his wife, Jessica, married in Charlottesville in 2010, and welcomed their daughter, Sarah, in 2017. When not at Grace Estate, you will find Peter playing ice hockey or listening to heavy metal music.


Frantz Ventre,   Winemaker & Vineyard Manager

Frantz Ventre, Winemaker & Vineyard Manager

Frantz Ventre,
Winemaker & Vineyard Manager

Frantz joined the Grace Estate team in 2015, assuming all winemaking and vineyard management responsibilities. A native of Bordeaux, France, Frantz brings an Old World wine philosophy to the New World. Educated in Oenology at the University of Bordeaux, and with a lifetime of first-hand knowledge, Frantz first came to Virginia as an intern at Jefferson Vineyards in 1996. After a few years on Long Island as vineyard manager and assistant winemaker at Pelligrini Vineyards, Frantz felt the pull of Central Virginia and returned to Jefferson Vineyards in 2001 to assume the role of winemaker and operations manager. With his industry knowledge and exceptional artistry, Frantz served a critical role in the booming Virginia wine business as a leader during the region’s rapid expansion. Frantz also held the same position at Early Mountain Vineyards in Madison before arriving at Grace Estate. Away from the winery, Frantz enjoys hiking and is an avid soccer fan.


Liz Schneider , Assistant Manager

Liz Schneider, Assistant Manager

Liz Schneider,
Assistant Manager

Liz was born and raised in Virginia and joined the wine industry after graduating from Wyoming Catholic College with a Liberal Arts degree. Returning to Virginia in 2012, she began working for Veritas Vineyard, and was a part of their team for six years. In addition, she has worked part-time at Thistle Gate, Loving Cup and First Colony Wineries. Discovering a deep love of the industry, she found her stride both in event management and in the tasting room. Liz has a passion for sewing and enjoys spending her spare time making costumes at the American Shakespeare Center. After spending 2017 in South Dakota, she is thrilled to be back in Charlottesville as a part of Grace Estate’s team, and to be surrounded by family, friends, and good wine. 


Linda Clark , Business Manager

Linda Clark, Business Manager

Linda Clark,
Business Manager

Linda has been involved since the Grace Family purchased the property in 2005 when the Estate functioned primarily as a vineyard, growing grapes for the region’s wineries. She developed and implemented the strategic plan to build the winery business, complete with a tasting room operation and an event space with one of the most spectacular views in the county.

As a member of the team, she is primarily responsible for the financial operations.  She shares their love of the Virginia wine industry and Charlottesville community.

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 OUR ESTATE

 
 
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Grace Estate encompasses 450 acres in Crozet, Virginia. Our Estate mansion overlooks our 50-acre Mt. Juliet Farm and winery operation. The house serves as both a residence for the Grace family and a location for private events. The property has a rich agricultural history dating back to the turn of the 19th century, a tradition we continue.

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 OUR VINEYARD

 
 
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Made 100% of Estate-grown grapes, Grace Estate Winery embodies the true tradition of a Virginia farm winery.

Grace Estate Winery was established in 2013 with the mission to create wine that exhibited the unique aspects of our Mount Juliet Vineyard. Now more than 20 years after its initial planting, our vineyard yields unsurpassed quality with each harvest, exemplifying the terroir of the Monticello region. 

As a family-owned business, Grace Estate celebrates the influential and elaborate history of the Grace family. From the Medieval period to the Industrial Revolution to today, the Graces have been a pioneering family. With Grace Estate Winery, John and Lola Grace look to carry that spirit into this industry.

At Grace Estate, we provide a unique hospitality experience. Whether you’re enjoying wine and music in our modern tasting room, taking a walk through our trailblazing vineyard, or experiencing the breathtaking view from our Estate mansion, we hope you are drawn in by the spirit of this place, and return again less as a customer and more as a member of our family. Cheers!

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