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Vineyard VIEW

A Sommelier’s Story at a Historic Location By Peter Leonard-Morgan

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ne of Middleburg’s shining stars is the awardwinning Goodstone Inn & Restaurant, tucked away on 265 rolling acres just three miles northwest of Middleburg. The inn is at the top of a steep, curved drive off the appropriately named Snake Hill Road, which itself winds its way from Foxcroft Road to the village of St. Louis. The property has some fascinating history. Jamie “The Scot” Leith provided supplies to General George Washington’s Continental Army during the Revolutionary War from what was then the 640-acre farm close to where Goodstone now sits. Later on, Leith descendants fought in the Civil War with the south’s John Singleton Mosby and General J.E.B. Stuart, local legendary figures from a bygone age and a turbulent, momentous period in American history. During the early 1900s, the land was acquired by the Goodwin family. They built a substantial house and equestrian facilities, naming the property Goodstone. Sadly, fire razed that original house to the ground in about 1939. However, the front façade remains to this day as the photogenic entryway to the outdoor heated pool, and a true selfie spot. The Warburg banking family eventually purchased Goodstone in 1943 and set about constructing what

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Goodstone Inn sommelier Stephen Elhafdi. we see today as the main manor house. That house has been fastidiously expanded upon over the years in its guise as a destination inn and restaurant, with rooms and cottages dotted around the property.

Goodstone’s sommelier, Stephen Elhafdi, is a native of Morocco whose French influences brought him to mainland France at the tender age of 14. Following school, or lycée, Stephen made the

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