David and Susan Drillock purchased the winery (formerly Cooper Vineyards on July 28, 2015. Having previously lived in California in the late 1980’s, they enjoyed touring the wine trails there and thought this might be something interesting to do at a later time in their life. They relocated to Virginia in 2014 from their farm in New Jersey with their draft horses, miniature donkeys, four Newfoundlands, a Pekingese and barn cats. After 36 years, Dave retired as Chief Financial Officer of Cytec Industries Inc and his wife Susan is a retired surgical intensive care nurse. Both enjoy being active in the vineyards and at the winery.
Dave commented, “We enjoyed visiting Virginia on trips and after a few years of looking decided to purchase a farm that would be home to our current animals and have some potential for winegrowing. On the farm we planted a twelve acre vineyard and then shortly after took the crazy plunge and purchased a winery. Its exciting to be part of the budding Virginia Wine Industry and its potential to be one of the great wine regions of the world. Our goal for the winery is to be known as a producer of estate grown, premium, Virginia wines. We want the winery to be sustainable for many generations to enjoy and one that Bacchus would be proud of!”