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1st Winemaker
Jacques Recht was our first winemaker

In 1980, Jacques Recht, a Belgian winemaker, and his wife Lilian arrived in the area after sailing across the Atlantic in a 35 foot Catamaran built by Jacques.  Intending to help a local startup winery for one season and then move on, the Rechts are still living in the Northern Neck.

Jacques used celestial navigation in the Atlantic crossing.  He published a book on celestial navigation and taught it in courses at Old Dominion University in Norfolk.


Jacques Recht, the AWS Award of Merit recipient for 2007, offers many years of winemaking experience and a professional touch to every stage of our wine production.

American Wine Society Award of Merit

Jacques Recht at AWS award ceremony

Award of Merit - Jacques Recht

Owners and Winemaker at American Wine Society 2007 Conference where Jacques received the Merit Award.

Athena was voted
Peoples Choice
as Favorite Virginia Winery by
Farm Wineries Council of Virginia

Favorite Winery Award
Athena Vineyards and Winery
3138 Jesse Dupont Memorial Hwy
Heathsville, VA 22473
(near Wicomico Church)
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