It is said that the passion that Doug Fabbioli has for making quality wines has been passed down from his paternal grandfather, Leone Fabbioli. When Leone made his wine in the basement of his Elmira home in the 1940s and 50s he would take special care to sort the fruit, keep the lots of wine separate, and get to know the growers of the fruit before deciding to buy. Doug employs these time honored traditions of constant care and evaluation of quality along with the modern scientific techniques to both grow the grapes and make the wine at his winery.
Doug was employed in the wine cellar at Buena Vista Winery in the Carneros district of California. Over the ten years of his employment, Doug had a chance to work with many fine winemakers including the legendary Andre Tchelicheff. He continued his education in both enology and viticulture at U.C. Davis and Santa Rosa Junior College. Doug was becoming an accomplished home winemaker while he continued to work and learn as a professional. He had been the assistant winemaker for 3 years when he heard the calling to return to the East Coast.
After serving as winemaker for Loudoun's Tarara and Windham (now Doukenie) wineries, Doug’s passion for wine brought him to his latest endeavor of owning his own winery, Fabbioli Cellars, with his wife Colleen. They own a 6 acre vineyard and are growing and building their business everyday. They are well known for their red wines and have received numerous awards. They continue to put forth their love and passion for wine into their own business as well as the Virginia Wine industry as a whole.