MountainRose Vineyards, Inc. is a “dream come true” for David Lawson, part owner and winemaker of the family owned winery and vineyard located in the heart of the coal mining region of the Appalachian Mountains. David dreamed of being an entrepreneur while in high school and had a number of farm related small businesses from making molasses from sorghum cane to selling produce at the local farmer’s market. He rooted 100 grape vines from an over 80 years old family concord grape vine and planted his first commercial acre before graduating from high school in 1997.
While in college, his parents helped him plant more vines with the understanding that he would stay in school, majoring in engineering. David had an opportunity to work one semester while at Virginia Tech with a large Virginia winery and vineyard in the fall of 2001. David fell in love with grapes and wine and was determined to have his own vineyard.
There was only one problem, David’s only land was in the mountains of Southwest Virginia Read more »