The Secretary visits

Rappahannock News Staff Photo/Roger Piantadosi

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, second from left, got a tour of the Narmada Winery’s vat room and vineyards Saturday during a brief visit to Rappahannock with his wife, Christie (not shown). Narmada’s owners (Pandit, left, and winemaker Sudha Patil, second from right) gave Vilsack the tour of the Amissville winery, accompanied by Washington resident Judy DeSarno, right. Narmada last month received notice that it had won a $297,663 Value-Added Producer Grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Said Sudha Patil: “We won’t receive anything until we spend the money, at which point we would be reimbursed.” The grant can be used for feasibility studies or business plans, working capital for marketing value-added agricultural products and for farm-based projects.

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