Spanberger Announces $500,000 from USDA for Local Virginia Businesses

Grants Were Awarded to Old House Vineyards in Culpeper and Horton Vineyards in Gordonsville

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Representative Abigail Spanberger today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded a total of $500,000 in Rural Development grant funding to two businesses in Virginia’s Seventh District.

USDA awarded $250,000 grants to both Old House Vineyards and Horton Vineyards. Old House Vineyards, which Spanberger toured in September 2021 during a Five-Stop Farm Tour, is a 30-acre, family-owned vineyard in Culpeper and Virginia’s only joint winery, brewery, and distillery. Horton Vineyards is a Gordonsville-based winery that has been operating in Virginia since 1989.

“I am thrilled that USDA has awarded Old House Vineyards and Horton Vineyards the funding necessary to support their continued growth and prosperity,” said Spanberger. “As the only Virginian on the House Agriculture Committee, I’m committed to making sure Virginia agribusinesses have what they need to expand their operations and seize new business opportunities. These grants mark a significant stride forward in creating jobs and increasing opportunities in rural Virginia.”

After hearing directly from Virginia growers and producers about their challenges, Spanberger has consistently worked to help Virginia’s small and mid-sized agribusinesses. These grants will help these businesses expand capacity, increase inventory, and support their continued growth as destination locations for weddings, events, agritourism, and tours.

Click here for more information about USDA Rural Development loans and grant funding.

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