The grounds at Hillsborough have exchanged some interesting hands over the years and the house and Tasting Room are a little more mature than your average winery. George William Fairfax, son of Col. William Fairfax, originally owned the land. George William, a close childhood friend of our first President George Washington, lived together for a while at the Fairfax’s estate in Mount Vernon.
George William Fairfax sold the land to James Nelson in 1778 and it exchanged hands several times until David Lovett bought the plot in 1812. One of 11 children, David built the original 2 story field-stone house on the land in early 1820. The adjacent barn, which now serves as the Tasting Room, was built sometime later in that decade.
Exchanging hands furthermore, the land was purchased by Mr. William B. Curtis in the early 1900’s. Mr. Curtis built the 1-1/2 story field stone addition to both sides of the original house around 1940. In the early 1950’s, Hans Rudolph Stamm was commissioned to build the remainder of the house. The present owners, The Baki family, completed final renovations to both the house and Tasting Room in early 2003.
Of the 36 acres located in Hillsboro Virginia, over 12 acres are planted with vines split into three fields. The West field located just past the Civil War era stone wall is planted with Fer Servadou a red French grape. The upper East field located in front of the Tasting Room is planted with both Petit Verdot and Tannat, both of which are red varieties originating in France. The lower East field located in from of the Estate is planted with Petit Menseng a white French varietal. The North field located on the hilly slope behind the Tasting Room is home to our Cabernet Sauvignon.
The varietals chosen and planted at Hillsborough are not only ideal for the northern Virginia microclimate, but yield fruit of exceptional quality. Meticulous care is given to the maintenance and cultivation of our plants with emphasis on environmentally friendly forms of pest management. Every aspect of the annual growth cycle is carefully planned and managed. Leaving nothing to chance, we foster an ideal environment for superb grape production.