Attimo Winery – The Start-Up

Added 3/10/10:  Eclipse Winery has a new name – Attimo Winery!  We've changed the post's title to reflect Attimo's new name.

From Anne Clelland:

My company is a member of VT KnowledgeWorks, a business acceleration center for both start-ups and established companies. We talk entrepreneurship all day long, differentiating an entrepreneurial business model from a lifestyle business in terms of anticipating high-growth.

Those businesses look a lot alike at start-up.  They're very small.

Rik and Melissa Obiso, co-founders of start-up vineyard Eclipse Winery are entrepreneurs.  Not only do they anticipate high growth through international sales of their one-of-a-kind wines, but, like the most passionate entrepreneurs, they're already seeking investors to expand their operations for a teeny, tiny product, definitely still in development.

Cabernet franc wine grapes at Eclipse Winery, a vineyard in Riner, Virginia

The start-up product
in development mode:
Cabernet franc grapes grow at Eclipse Winery

Did I mention the first bottle is expected in 2012?  Or that Eclipse Winery is determinedly located in Riner, Virginia?  That would not be in NoVa – Northern Virginia, near D.C. - but in what Mike Drzal, a leading attorney in venture capital with LeClairRyan, terms "RoVa – the Rest of Virginia."

I love entrepreneurs.


Wistfully, I disclose that I am not an investor in Eclipse Winery.  All of my investment dollars are currently funding another start-up – you guessed it – Handshake 2.0.  Eclipse Winery is not a client of Handshake 2.0, either.  They're currently buying grapevines.  I'm a fan.  And there's something about a vineyard…  

Very early cabernet franc grapes at Eclipse Winery in Riner, Virginia

Entrepreneurship runs in the family at Eclipse Winery


As guest columnists, Rik and Melissa Obiso, co-owners of Eclipse Winery, LLC, a new winery located in the New River Valley of Virginia, write Today's Eclipse, a weekly wine recommendation for Handshake 2.0.  Eclipse Winery, LLC plans to open to the public as early as 2012.  The Eclipse Winery story, Couple hope grapes will yield dream business was featured in The Roanoke Times.  You're invited to read all the Today's Eclipse recommendations, more about Eclipse Winery, and about Rik Obiso on Handshake 2.0.  You can follow Eclipse Winery on Twitter @eclipsewinery.

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