Estate of the Art

Boxwood Estate Winery resembles no other property in the world, exactly what its owners Rita and Jack Kent Cooke intended when they purchased this historic acreage in 2001. Recent entrants in the flourishing Virginia wine industry, the Cookes envisioned a state-of-the-art facility and hired the internationally known, Washington-based architectural firm of Hugh and Simon Jacobsen. The result: a high-tech complex of four buildings whose materials—seam metal roofs, cupolas and fieldstone—pay respect to the 18th-century character of Middleburg’s horse-country culture.

For architect Simon Jacobsen, “the guiding principle was that Boxwood would be a manufacturing facility. Its many processes needed separate, purpose-driven spaces. Because of that, the design resembles a church—a nave with apses, and, from an aerial view, it does look like a basilica.”

The winery complex has high-tech features that include production monitoring (from grape receipts to bottling) by Winemakers Database software, computer access to critical fermentation data by Tank Net, vineyard maintenance by a custom GPS system that keeps annual viticulture records plus computerized systems that control heating, lighting and security.

2042 Burrland Rd., Middleburg, 540.687.8778,