Sandy and Jason were high-school sweet-hearts who married and now live with their two sons, Grayson and Caolan, in the heart of Virginia Wine Country. Sandy is a lifelong artist and art educator, with both academic and professional experience. With the birth of their second son, Sandy left the full-time educational career path and launched Hawkmoth Arts. Hawkmoth found a niche with wine and vine related fine arts and has met with great success exhibiting at local wine and arts festivals.
Jason has been growing grapes and making wine in Virginia since 2003, earning a great reputation for producing high quality red wines which authentically express Virginia terroir. With a background in horticulture science Jason is passionate about the vineyard, for him, this is where the magic begins. His approach to grape growing and wine making can be summed up as “Guide on the Side, rather than Sage on the Stage”. He pays attention to what the grapes need, he pays attention to what the wine needs as it evolves. He implements an approach to vineyard management that emphasizes the quality of each varietal at each stage of growth. The ultimate goal of Arterra Wines is to create a fruit driven wine that authentically expresses all Virginia has to offer as a wine region. The aspects of his process which emphasize this authenticity are: The use of Native Yeast fermentations, fruit that is ripened long and slow into the late fall, soft barrels, no cellar manipulations or chemical additives. In short, authentically expressing Virginia Terroir is the priority at Arterra Wines.
At this point, it becomes exciting to marry the two: Hawkmoth Arts and Arterra Wines. Each drawing passion, creativity and sustainability from the land.
Finally, we would like to thank all of those who have helped us along our journey. The capital required for the launch of this project is derived from a grassroots effort that matches our core principles. Lifelong friends, family, and enduring industry colleagues (both from the wine and art origins) who truly believe in the assured success of this collaborative business are coming together to create the foundation from which our future will grow. We are grateful that these are the people we will be able to thank for bringing together the final resource needed to bring this vision to a tangible reality.
As we become an established business, we look forward to supporting others as they move forward with their dream.