Vineyard concerned proposed ordinance could cause business to suffer

DINWIDDIE COUNTY, Va. — A proposed Agri-Tourism Ordinance in Dinwiddie County has left one family-owned business concerned for its livelihood before it even has the chance to open.

Kirk Thibault, the owner of Riverside Vines in Dinwiddie County, said that the business has been his family’s dream.

“We bought 177 acres which is the old Leonard’s Campground, as people know it,” Thibault said. “We own Ashton Creek Vineyard in Chesterfield County, the winery there.”

The family is hoping that the business in Dinwiddie can act as a place for people to come together.

“Events here, this is the tasting room behind us, we can hold weddings here,” Thibault said.

The family also plans to run the vineyard as a farm.

“We already have 12 acres planted. We plan to grow that to 30 acres of vines here. The rest will be hay and sheep,” Thibault said.

However, with the doors set to open in September, Dinwiddie County is now preparing to update its Agri-Tourism Ordinance….

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