In 1985, a successful commercial developer, Whitie Hubert, decided to take an unusual detour and retire to 475 acres on the Potomac River in rural Loudoun County Virginia. After discussing with several people about the possibilities for his new land, he realized that he was sitting on the perfect place to grow incredible grapes and make fabulous wine. He knew he wanted to be a pioneer of the Virginia Wine Industry and devoted himself to building a new passion.
In 1987, Whitie planted the first block of Chardonnay in the Nevaeh Vineyard. Over the next three years he continued to plant Viognier and more Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot on the Road and Pond blocks. While many vines have prospered and others have failed, Tarara still holds some of the oldest Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc planted in Virginia. Today these vines have started to really shine with their more developed roots and wisdom from over 25 vintages in some cases. Combined with these vines and the beauty of land that Tarara rests on, Whitie knew he would make Tarara a destination for people around the country. His dedication and pioneering spirit would help lead Virginia wine into the minds and palates of many.
His passion, desire and focus were contagious. He set out and put together an incredible team to help him guide Tarara into what it is today through hard work and, of course, a lot of fun. He empowered the team that leads Tarara today to make it world class, and that is what we have done. Our past is what has led us to where we are today.