WELCOME FROM THE OWNERS

Owners, Todd & Aimee Henkle

Owners, Todd & Aimee Henkle

The Henkle Family: Aimee, Todd, Evan & Ryan

The Henkle Family: Aimee, Todd, Evan & Ryan

Welcome to The Vineyards & Winery at Lost Creek!

We have been avid wine lovers since we honeymooned in Bordeaux, France in 1998. Throughout our 18 years together, we always knew we would someday own a winery and vineyard. We started exploring opportunities in the wine industry in Napa Valley and were later introduced to Oregon’s Willamette Valley in the mid-2000's. We loved the idea of growing a business in an emerging wine region. The thought of being part of a transformation was exciting, but Oregon was still not the right place. Too much rain!

In 2007, corporate jobs brought our family to Virginia where we were introduced to “DC’s Wine Country”. We were surprisingly impressed with Virginia’s wine quality and since that time we started watching the Virginia wine industry grow and transform.

In April 2012 we found our opportunity to "jump-in" to the Virginia wine industry. While traveling back from a day of hiking with the family near Charlottesville, we stumbled onto Lost Creek and were instantly drawn to its charm and beauty. We purchased the property in September 2012. 

Aimee’s passion for wine and Todd’s love of business made all this possible and we are very excited to introduce everyone to our vision for Lost Creek. Great wines, casual elegant atmosphere, delectable food & superb service. Please come out and join us and discover for yourself why we love Lost Creek.

Aimee & Todd Henkle
Owners, The Vineyards & Winery at Lost Creek

WINEMAKING & VITICULTURE PHILOSOPHY

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VITICULTURE PHILOSOPHY

Our philosophy at Lost Creek is to let the fruit speak for itself. We seek to make our wines from the fruit of the vineyard and minimize as much intervention in the cellar as possible. We focus on sustainable vineyard practices that utilize organic and minimal environmental impact practices to promote sustainable farming and living soil. We meticulously prune the vineyard through the year to optimize fruit characteristics and ripeness depending on weather conditions during the growing season for each vintage. 

Winemaking Style

Lost Creek's winemaking style is focused on Burgundy and Bordeaux style wines. These French varietals including Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Petit Verdot produce beautiful fruit in Virginia. Lost Creek is focused on producing the highest quality wines, therefore all grapes are hand-picked and sorted to ensure only the highest quality fruit is used in our wines.  After de-stemming, sorting, and pressing the fruit, the wines are barrel aged in French oak barrels for 18 to 24 months, thus producing elegant yet complex old world style wines.

100% VIRGINIA WINES

All wines from Lost Creek are produced on-site in our winery and hand crafted from 100% Virginia grapes. Our fruit is harvested from our 16-acre Estate Vineyard as well as from fruit in the Monticello Appellation just outside Charlottesville, Virginia. An area known for it’s Cabernet Franc.

 

THE LOST CREEK TEAM

 

Aimee Henkle

Aimee Henkle, Owner

Owner, Aimee Henkle, brings more than 16 years experience in global operations and has a proven track record of propelling entrepreneurial startups and leading multi-million dollar global operations. She most recently was Vice President of Supply Chain for the local upstart, CustomInk.com. Her career has spanned across companies such as Intel & Danaher and she holds a BSEE from UT Austin and an MSEE and MBA from MIT. Her passion for wine and love for business, Virginia and Loudoun County has driven her to purchase Lost Creek. Her goal is to show how great Virginia wines can be.

Todd Henkle

TOdd Henkle, Owner & WINEMAKER

Owner, Todd Henkle, is an accomplished operations and finance executive with 19 years’ experience at large, multi-national corporations, global mid-market companies, and small, entrepreneurial firms. Todd is the winemaker at Lost Creek. His career started at Intel and expanded into driving growth for start-up companies. Todd holds a BSME from Colorado University, a MS in Manufacturing Systems from UT Austin and an MBA from Babson College. His passion for growing small start-ups has driven him to dedicate his time fully to Lost Creek.

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Derek Paulus, Chef

Chef Derek grew up in the San Fransisco bay area immersed in a food and wine culture at an early age. Only a hour drive from Napa Valley & Sonoma, he would spend weekends enjoying fine foods paired with flavorful wines. From this early experience, he became passionate about cooking and now touts 20 years of culinary experience. He brings a passion and love for creating and cooking delectable dishes. HIs motto "If you don't love doing something, then don't do it at all!.

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Melissa candreva, Sales Director

Our Sales Director, Melissa Candreva, comes to us with over 14 years of sales and event management experience. Her event specialties are Festivals and Weddings. Melissa has a strong background in Customer Service, Sales and Business. She graduated from Longwood University in 2003 and spent the next several years working in the private education sector at both the Elementary and Preschool level as first a Teacher, then a Program Director and finally as a Principal. 

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Shaye Sullivan, event manager

Our Event Manager, Shaye Sullivan, has over 6 years of events experience ranging from small gatherings to large private events. She has a great passion for customer service and throughly enjoys making your event a great experience. Shaye graduated from Auburn University in 2015 with a BS in Hotel and Restaurant Management and was recently the Food & Beverage Manager for Modus Hotels in Washington DC before joining the Lost Creek team in June 2017.