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Tom Kelly of Rappahannock Cellars named wine grape grower of the year

Tom Kelly has been named wine grape grower of the year by the Virginia Vineyards Association.

The award was presented Friday by Beth Walker Green, deputy secretary of agriculture and forestry, at the association’s 2023 technical meeting in Charlottesville.

Kelly, a Strasburg resident and a former president of the vineyard association, is a longtime vineyard manager and consultant. He has been involved in viticulture for 25 years as a vineyard worker, vineyard manager and consultant.

Kelly serves as vineyard manager at Rappahannock Cellars in Huntly. He has worked at Oasis Vineyards in Hume and at Thatch Winery, back when it was Totier Creek Vineyards, in Charlottesville, where he spent four years as vineyard manager and assistant winemaker.

He also spent a decade on the vineyard association board of directors, including two terms as president from 2013 to 2016.

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