Open for Business: Local winery takes hit during coronavirus pandemic

VIENNA, Md. – Local businesses like Layton’s Chance Vineyard & Winery in Vienna are fighting to stay alive during the coronavirus pandemic.

The owners tell us they depend on things like tasting experiences and all kinds of special events for their customers to keep this business going and so to not have that is a huge challenge.

“Having people at the winery, that’s where 60 percent of our business has been traditionally and so to really cut most of that out, the fact that people can’t come and stay and enjoy wine on-site has really limited the amount of wine that we can sell,” said William Layton, owner at Layton’s Chance Vineyard & Winery.

On top of that, we’re told large events like wine festivals which are crucial for this business to stay afloat have also been canceled.

“They’re a great sales opportunity for us, there’s no denying that and our largest one of the year has already been canceled so, that’s definitely going to be an effect throughout the year,” said Jennifer Layton, owner and general manager at Layton’s Chance Vineyard & Winery.

In order to keep up with these changes this team here is offering curbside pick up. They’re also depending more and more on social media to let everyone know that they’re still open for business while keeping their hopes alive during these difficult times.

“For me as a winemaker, making wine is about sharing it with my customers, the people who enjoy it and love it and I miss that interaction, I miss that talking to them about the wine and getting to see them drink and enjoy it and I look forward to having them back soon,” said William.

William and Jennifer say they’re also depending on getting their products sold through places like liquor stores.

They say despite these challenges they’re grateful that they’re still open for business.

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