FLOYD CO., Va. — A southwest Virginia winery is cashing in on its crop and helping to put Virginia on the map.
Chateau Morrisette has called Floyd, Virginia home for years, but now it's reaching out to wine lovers on the other side of the world.
The winery sent its first shipment to China just a few weeks ago and another shipment is getting ready to leave in three weeks.
"It's more of a buyers market there," said Chateau Morrisette General Manager George Weldon.
Weldon said China could be a gold mine for Virginia's wine industry.
"China has a pollution problem that they are working very diligently to correct, but the Chinese wine buyers were looking for a wine they could sell to their consumers that had certifications of being clean and without any imperfections," he said.
It only took one trip to the Chateau Morrisette for a Chinese exchange company to sign the line on the deal.
"We found that they were the right partner for us because they really wanted to grow a branded business."
Since then, Chateau Morrisette has been working overtime to prep, filter, bottle and package the goods so they can be carefully shipped overseas out of Wilmington, NC.