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Ben Renshaw owner of 8 Chains North Winery

Owner and Winegrower, Ben Renshaw

Ben Renshaw is, at his core, a vineyard guy. He manages 8 Chains North’s three Loudoun County vineyards—Furnace Mountain, Waterford (the site of the winery), and Shoemaker School—plus another local winery’s vineyards. Ben’s tireless work in the vineyard makes the critical difference in the cellar, where his style can best be described as hands-off.

Navigate, Cultivate, Create, Appreciate

Importantly, Ben has established 8 Chains North Winery to embody the true spirit of a boutique Virginia farm winery. We own it, plant it, grow it, make it, and sell it. As the owner, he and his staff must navigate the myriad issues involved with being a farm winery—federal, state and county rules and regulations, planning for the growth of the business, including expanding our vineyards and identifying the most suitable grapes to plant. He is our grower; Ben cultivates all of our vineyards from planting to harvest. Ben is also our winemaker, and creates handcrafted Old-World-style wines. Finally, and the point of it all, his greatest pleasure is for you, the customer, to appreciate his craft—the wine!

His commitment to viticulture is renowned in the region, and we are proud to play a vital part in the Virginia—and especially the Loudoun County—wine community.

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