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VA Grower of the Year Awarded to John H. Stephens

The Virginia Wine Board Marketing Office announced that the The Virginia Vineyards Association Grape Grower of the Year award was presented to John H. “Rock” Stephens of The Vineyard at Point Breeze, located on Virginia’s Eastern Shore.

Virginia First Lady Maureen McDonnell presented the award at the annual Winter Technical Meeting of the Virginia Vineyards Association, February 18th, in Charlottesville. The award, which was initiated in 2006, recognizes innovators and leaders in the industry who are active members of the Association with at least seven years of experience managing or operating a commercial vineyard of at least 5 acres and a history of service to the industry that inspires the respect of his/her peers.

According to the release issued by VWMBO, Rock Stephens fits this description to a “t”: “Rock Stephens, along with his wife Kris, own The Vineyard at Point Breeze, a twelve-acre vinifera vineyard, located on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. A graduate of Purdue University, Rock also has a Masters in Business Administration from Michigan State University and is a graduate of The Executive Program (TEP), Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, at The University of Virginia. After serving in the United States Navy, he retired as a Captain. He has been an active member of the Virginia Vineyards Association (VVA) since 1997 and just completed his second two year term as President in December 2008. In 2005 he was appointed by Governor Warner as a member of the Wine Board and was elected as Vice Chairman in 2007. In July 2009, he was reappointed to the Wine Board by Governor Kaine. He is a member of the Eastern Shore Chamber of Commerce, Virginia Vineyards Association, and the Virginia Farm Bureau. He has been making wine for over ten years and has won numerous amateur winemaking awards in international competition.”

Our congratulations to Rock!

For more info, visit www.virginiawine.org.

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