The innovative Common Wealth Crush Co. in the newest resident of the renovated historic Virginia Metalcrafters factory. Open since early spring, the chic tasting room and custom crush facility is an urban showroom for some of Virginia’s most creative winemakers. Lee Campbell, a partner in the venture with Patrick Eagan and well-known Virginia winemakers Ben and Tim Jordan, is the head of tasting room operations. Campbell, a certified sommelier and wine consultant originally from New York City, said CWC’s ethos centers on the future for Virginia winemakers—sustainability, low-intervention and exploration with unexpected European and hybrid grapes. “We want our space to be a place where we can unabashedly celebrate these approaches,” says Campbell.

R. L. JOHNSON is our Co-Publisher and Creative Director. Bethke studied at the prestigious ArtCenter College of Design and began her career as a professional photographer in Los AngelesShe moved into graphic design and art direction when she relocated to Charlottesville in 1994. As our company’s co-founder and visionary, she enjoys all aspects of storytelling.

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Virginia Wine & Country celebrates elevated living in Virginia Wine Country. Virginia Wine & Country Life is a semi-annual luxury print magazine with a full digital presence. The Virginia Wine & Country Gold Book is an annual guide to the top award-winning wines, wineries and experiences in Virginia Wine Country. The annual Virginia Wine & Country Wedding Planner is an art book of elegant Virginia weddings. Virginia Wine & Country tells the stories of Virginia wineries, the farm-to-table movement, luxury travel, entertaining, art and the elegant country lifestyle. Ivy Life & Style Media also provides branding, web design and PR services for the wine industry.