Trump Winery Isn't the Largest and Donald Doesn't Own It
At the end of a press conference concerning violent protests in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend, President Donald Trump said that he owns Trump Winery in the city, calling it one of the largest wineries in the state and in the country.
Trump neither owns the Charlottesville winery, nor is it the largest in the state, let alone the country, Mother Jones and others reported.
“Trump Winery is a registered trade name of Eric Trump Wine Manufacturing LLC, which is not owned, managed or affiliated with Donald J. Trump, The Trump Organization or any of their affiliates,” a disclaimer on the company’s websites says.
While Trump purchased the vineyard in 2011, he turned management over to his son, Eric, in 2011. It is now owned by Eric Trump Wine Manufacturing LLC, according to the winery's website.
As to the claim that it was the largest on the east coast or in the U.S., the National Association of American Wineries told Politifact that it is neither the largest when it comes to acreage or when measured by wine production.
Trump winery produces around 36,000 cases of wine per year, while Chateau Morrisette Winery in Floyd, Virginia, produces 60,000 cases per year.