Blooming Wine and Spice: Local Entrepreneurs Thrive in Hampton Roads

Grocer to Carry Sauce Created by Virginia Tech Graduate

As spring arrives, winemakers in the region are reopening their tasting rooms to welcome visitors. Co-owner Julie Block of Villa Appalaccia Winery in Patrick County mentioned that they recently opened their tasting room on March 15th and exceeded expectations. On the other hand, Stanburn Winery in Stuart announced on social media that they will be closing after the upcoming season.

Meanwhile, Food Lion stores in Hampton Roads will soon be carrying a bottled red sauce created by Tahjere Lewis, a Virginia Tech graduate. Lewis turned a family recipe into a commercially available product called Aunt Carol’s Sauce, which is now only 24 years old and resides in Hampton Roads. Food Lion has agreed to carry Lewis’s product, marking a significant milestone for his entrepreneurship journey.

Overall, both the food and wine industries seem to be thriving in the region. The release of new products like Aunt Carol’s Sauce and the reopening of winery tasting rooms indicate a positive outlook for local entrepreneurs and businesses in Hampton Roads and beyond.

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