[press release from Glass House Winery, 10/8/20]

Founders Jeff and Michelle Sanders have sold Glass House Winery and the Glass House B&B in Free Union, VA, to Jay Smith, who is from Richmond and moving to Free Union.

Jay Smith said “I am extremely excited to become the new owner of Glass House Winery. I am so thankful that Jeff and Michelle have chosen me to carry on the unique and beautiful winery they created.  As Jeff and Michelle did, I will continue the traditions and provide customers continued high quality artisan wines, delicious chocolates, a great Bread & Breakfast experience combined with music of many genres from local Charlottesville talent.”

Jay’s son Taylor is a dentist at Charlottesville Pediatric Dentistry and his wife Courtney is a hand therapist at Spectrum Therapy. Both are UVA alumni.  Jay’s daughter Jessica is a Opthalmic Assistant and Refractive Service Coordinator at UVA Department of Ophthalmology.  Jay and his children are very musically talented and all play at least one instrument and sing socially.  All will be part of Glass House Winery.

The winery was a passion for both Jeff and Michelle, combining a love for wine and viticulture with Michelle’s personal passion of hand-made gourmet truffles and Jeff’s knowledge of tropic plants.

According to Jeff, “While we will miss owning the Glass House Winery and the incredible vibe that has developed there, we are extremely pleased that Jay Smith wants to continue things largely as they are—the wine program, the staff, the hand-made chocolates, the music program, and the B&B management.“     Michelle and Jeff will consult with Jay Smith during a transition period, and be frequent guests of Glass House and other Monticello Wine Trail wineries.

Named after the large tropical plant conservatory, Glass House includes a 15-acre vineyard and makes largely estate wines, most of them award winning.  They also make and market Glass House Winery chocolates and have been a pioneer in developing the local music scene at area farm wineries and breweries.  The B&B is whimsical, has 5 en-suite bedrooms and large spaces inside and out for enjoying your getaway.   Staff, products, and services will all continue with the Smiths.


Jeff Sanders   434 218-8005; jeff@glasshousewinery.com

Jay Smith   804 363-4863  jaysmith43@verizon.net