Ben Jordan, Sebastian Zutant, and Jay Zutant created Lightwell Survey to explore Virginia’s lesser-known vineyard locations, believing these sites would produce unusual, delicious, and provocative wines. Lightwell focuses on sourcing fruit from the state’s mountains and mountain valleys, grown at high elevations, on stony soils, and tended by dedicated farmers. The approach to winemaking is unconventional, but with utmost respect to the raw material. Lightwell aims to be a beacon in a state still struggling to find its wine identity and a region that has yet to come to terms with what it is possible to achieve when thinking beyond the conventional norms of aspirational winemaking. In doing so, Lightwell Survey hopes to help establish a new model for the young and creative class of its industry, so that Virginia’s next generation of winemakers are collaborative, qualitative, sustainable, and original.