3 Questions with Tayloe Dameron, Owner of Upper Shirley Vineyards
If you weren't running a vineyard, what would you be doing?
If I were not doing this, honestly I’d be searching for something that looked a lot like this. That is, I would be looking for a business to make Upper Shirley relevant, self-sustaining, and an open space for a generation or more. My wife Suzy and I are very committed to that goal. I would build another road where I could get farming and hospitality to have a head on collision.
What advice would you give your 20 year old self?
My advice to my 20-year-old self would be to wear sunscreen. That turned from cliche to real for me. Fortunately, my introduction to melanoma turned out to be a minor fender bender as opposed to a fatal crash. I’m very lucky. Beyond that, the question rings of what regrets I have. I really have none. I have been extremely lucky take a giant bite out of the apple. I would like to think that I’ve made the most of my opportunities given that it was not obvious that I was prepared to meet any of them.
What is your idea of perfect happiness?
My idea of happiness.... Opening a bottle of our wine and playing the video in my head of grape growing: leaf pulling, shoot thinning, green harvest, lab tests, and more lab tests. Getting it right is the happiest ending ever scripted.