Keeping with the locally sourced theme, Tarara found Kevin Goolsby roaming around Leesburg. He said he was born and raised here. Furthermore, he claims to have graduated from the local high school, Loudoun County.
After further questioning of this big goofy fellow we discovered a few things. Kevin has three siblings, Meghan, Ryan, and Darren. They are all grown up but remain local as well. His parents live in Hamilton and they love wine.
Kevin has a biology degree from Longwood University where he highlights his skills as a bird watcher in Ornithology class. Throughout high school and college, he worked at various landscaping companies and farms learning Spanish along the way. While farming at Lost Corner Farms, he realized the love he had of plants and farming. Afterwards, he helped 8 Chains North open their tasting room, working with Ben Renshaw, and realized that wine was fun and interesting.
Since 2011, Kevin has been helping Jordan and Tim make the delicious wine here at Tarara, helps manage the estate vineyard Nevaeh, and also our off-site vineyard in south Purcellville, Tranquility. He did an overseas vintage in 2013 at GisVin in Gisborne, New Zealand learning how the Kiwis do it.
He seems to enjoy a plethora of music types from bluegrass to rock to jam bands and EDM. He has a beautiful girlfriend Whitney, a sweet black lab puppy named Harvey, a cat named Gizzy, and a tortoise named Senor Lente. He is very friendly and if you get a chance do yourself a favor and talk to him, he will seem aloof but he is probably just listening to the birds.