Doug Flemer, Ingleside Vineyards Proprietor: As a young man, Doug left home to study horticulture at North Carolina State University so he could prepare himself to help with the family business of Ingleside Nursery.
As a graduation gift for hard work, Doug’s parents gave him a trip to Europe. While traveling through the renowned regions of Bordeaux and Burgundy he was able to experience first-hand century-old vineyards and wineries. His zest for winemaking and viticulture was ignited. Also traveling through Europe at the same time was distinguished east coast viticulturalist Lucie Morton, who opened doors for Doug at the most esteemed vineyards and wineries in France. With Lucie’s help, Doug immersed himself in the grape growing and winemaking processes as he developed a refined palate.
In 1980, after his extensive trip touring France’s most prominent vineyards, Doug came home to help his father expand the initial vineyards which were planted in 1978, as well as assist in laying out plans for the winery.
1980 was a year of fruitfulness and celebration. This year marked Ingleside’s first commercial harvest. The winery produced 1,500 cases of wine. Shortly thereafter, Doug was handed the reins for Ingleside Winery and in the following year’s production expanded. Doug’s tireless efforts to experiment with what grapes grow best in Virginia and make exceptional wine has paid off.
Doug is a leader in the Virginia wine industry. He served as a past president of the Virginia Wineries Association and as founding member of the Virginia Winegrower’s Advisory Board where he served as chairman. Doug has previously served on the board of directors and as treasurer of Wine America (formerly the American Vintners Association) as well as serving as a member of the American Society of Enology & Viticulture (ASEV) and the American Wine Alliance of Research and Education (AWARE).
Today, Doug resides with his wife Nancy and two children on the Ingleside Plantation in Roxbury, one of the historic homes located on the property.
Nancy Flemer, Ingleside Vineyards Gift Shop Manager: Nancy is the wife of Doug Flemer. She grew up in the Pacific Northwest and after graduating from the University of Washington she moved to the east coast to work for Pan American Airways. Her international travel experiences helped her to develop a well refined palate. She ventured to a winemaker's dinner in Williamsburg Virginia, where she first met her future husband. Sparks flew and the rest is history.
Today, Nancy manages the winery gift shop. Her exceptional culinary skills and eclectic taste in merchandise is evident throughout the shop.
Bill Swain, Ingleside Vineyards Winemaker: Bill is one of the most respected wine makers to come out of California. He honed his craft throughout the western hemisphere, his last stop was in Venezuela. There he was winemaker and head of production for Bodegas Pomar, one of the leading wineries of that region. While earning his Bachelor of Science in Viticulture and Enology from the University of California at Davis Bill played running back for the NCAA Division II Mustangs.
Winemaking, as a career, began as most do—by serving as an Assistant Winemaker. His first experience was at the Charles Krug Winery in Saint Helena, California. Later Bill became the winemaker for Cresta Blanca Winery and was a member of the Wine Master’s Guild of Mendocino California. He then established the Three Rivers Winery in Oregon which became and continues to be very successful. After selling the Three Rivers Winery, Bill took the position of Production Coordinator for a consortium of four corporate wineries: Columbia, Covey Run, Paul Thomas, and Ste. Chapelle.
Bill joined the Ingleside family as winemaker in 2002, along with his wife, assistant winemaker Maria Swain.
Maria Swain, Ingleside Vineyards Assistant Winemaker / Cellar Master: As a native of Venezuela, Maria began her wine career in the South American wine industry. She worked as a quality control specialist for Bodegas Pomar, which is the largest winery in Venezuela. This is where Maria met Bill.
Maria holds a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Food Science Technology, from the Universidad Centro Lisandro Alvarado. She specializes in fermented food products such as wine, beer and cheese.
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