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Posted at 11:41 AM ET, 11/ 2/2010

Va. winery faces possible foreclosure

By Washington Post editors

A collision between efforts to quickly build a world-class wine, vineyard and distribution network and the deepest recession since the Great Depression has left lenders preparing to foreclose on the Kluge Estate Winery and Vineyards and sell pieces of the business at auction, The Daily Progress reports.

Wine industry officials said as many as a dozen Virginia wineries may face economic problems because of the long recession even though consumption and sales of Virginia wine was up by 13 percent last year.

Kluge Estate, owned by Albemarle County residents Patricia Kluge and William Moses, owes an estimated $34.8 million to Farm Credit Bank for a loan made in April 2007 when Kluge and Moses decided to expand the winery.

Read more about the financial troubles facing Kluge Estate Winery in The Daily Progress.

By Washington Post editors  | November 2, 2010; 11:41 AM ET
Categories:  Virginia  
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Comments

Too bad. Now maybe we can get a bypass on 29 around Charlottesville, which we never could get due to the largess of the Kluges to local politihacks.

Opus One to Opus Done. Wah wah wah.

Posted by: RogerRamjet2 | November 2, 2010 12:59 PM | Report abuse

It makes me weep when I hear of multimillionaires' business failures.

Posted by: clitteigh | November 2, 2010 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Had a bottle of their Albemarle Red once. Not half bad, but definitely pricey.

Posted by: layceeloo | November 2, 2010 9:54 PM | Report abuse

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