Cooper Vineyards Winery Staff

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53rd Winery & Vineyard is open year round. We make it a point to be sure that each and every visit is as wonderful as the last!

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events@53rdwinery.com or (540) 894.1536

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info@53rdwinery.com
 or (540) 894.5474
53rd Winery & Vineyard
13372 Shannon Hill Rd.
Louisa, VA 23093

Wine Maker:

Chelsey Blevins

Virginia Native, Chelsey Blevins stepped up as our new winemaker here at Fifty-third in
July of 2019. She has been working with the winery for the last five years, apprenticing under the previous Winemaker Graham Bell. Her passion for the industry started back in 2014; she was a fresh graduate of James Madison University, and happened upon a Harvest position with Horton Vineyards.

Chelsey commented, “I guess you can say that Winemaking sort of found me. I was offered an opportunity to jump behind the scenes in one of Virginia’s oldest wineries and I thought that was awesome. I got up every day excited to learn and see what was in store; it soon became apparent that I was hooked, I caught the wine bug. I wanted to know everything I could about the process of winemaking, I asked a lot of questions, probably too many questions at times, but I caught on quickly and haven’t stopped learning since.”

After the harvest at Horton, she took a position at Barboursville’s Wine Library to
continue her career. There she worked for two years learning the ins and outs of fine dining wine service and how to present wines to the public.

Chelsey added, “As I worked at Barboursville, I started taking the Viticulture classes being offered at PVCC. That’s where I met Dave, the owner of Fifty-third Winery. Luckily enough he happened to be looking for an Assistant Winemaker at the time so I eagerly applied for the position with my fingers crossed.” Once offered the position at Fifty-third, Chelsey has been devoted to producing premier Virginia Wine ever since including her namesake port-styled wine “Chelsey”.

Chelsey commented further, “My goal for Fifty-third Winery is to artistically craft the essence of my home, Virginia, in the form of wine. I want to capture Virginia’s rolling hills covered in clover, the mineral driven granite mountain sides, the soft summer rain and transform them into a tangible form for everyone to enjoy. I truly believe that world renowned wines can be crafted here in Virginia, and I am devoted to proving it true.”

Vineyard Manager:

Tyler Maddox – Here at Fifty-Third Winery, our Vineyard Manager and longstanding employee of ten years is our jack of all trades, Tyler Maddox. A passion for agriculture and a desire to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather, who ran an orchard in Romney, West Virginia, is what led Tyler to pursue a career in viticulture. Tyler started with the company by working as a vineyard hand but soon found himself fully immersed in the industry. Not only did he help with the harvest, but he also stepped up to process the grapes, poured wine in the tasting room, managed wine festivals, and continues to work as our on-site mechanic. From there he worked his way up to Assistant Vineyard Manager, and in 2018 officially earned the title of Vineyard Manager; but it’s not out of the ordinary to find him lending a hand in the production building or tasting room. In the vineyard his favorite varietal to work with is the Albarino, but in his wine glass you’ll typically find the estate grown Viognier.
Tyler added, “I’ve been fortunate to learn from some of the most experienced people in the industry. Now I get to use that knowledge cultivating high quality grapes and further the legacy of producing premier Virginia wine along with Chelsey and Dave.”

Wine Club Ambassador:

Toni Chaney – Toni is originally from Pittsburgh, PA. Toni has lived and worked as a teacher in Louisa County for the past 27 years. Toni is passionate about wine and being an Ambassador for 53rd wines. She was a former wine club member before becoming a tasting room associate. After her retirement from teaching in 2019, Toni became the current wine club manager where she merges her love of wine with teaching others about 53rd Wines.

 

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