Don­ald Trump


In 2011, Don­ald Trump ac­quired the Kluge Estate Win­ery and Vine­yard at a fore­clo­sure auc­tion for $6.2 mil­lion. The 526ha Vir­ginia win­ery (which his son Eric now owns) is lo­cated not far away from Thomas Jef­fer­son’s Mon­ti­cello estate. Don­ald Trump does not drink al­co­hol, and briskly sum­marised his in­volve­ment with the words: ‘ I’m re­ally in­ter­ested in good real estate, not so much in wine. This place had a $28 mil­lion mort­gage on it, and I bought it for $6.2 mil­lion!’ Now with the reg­is­tered trade name of Eric Trump Wine Man­u­fac­tur­ing LLC in place, the estate pro­duces wines that have gen­er­ally re­ceived a luke­warm re­cep­tion. Ver­dicts range from ‘medi­ocre’ (a 2016 VinePair taste test) to som­me­lier-blog­ger Erin Scala’s in­ge­niously prag­matic spec­u­la­tion in The Washington Post that the wines’ ‘as­so­ci­a­tion with [Don­ald Trump] is likely to keep them off wine lists they oth­er­wise be­long on’.

Mak­ing Kluge great again

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