Jake Busching grew up on a farm in Minnesota and started his Virginia wine career working as the assistant vineyard manager for Jefferson Vineyards in the Monticello AVA of Virginia alongside Chris Hill and Michael Shaps, both well-known leaders in the VA wine industry. Since those days, Jake has remained in the Monticello AVA of Virginia for 20 years planting, growing and establishing wineries such as Keswick Vineyards, Pollak Vineyards, and Grace Estate Winery. Eventually, Jake reunited with Michael Shaps joining forces in 2015 at Michael Shaps Wineworks where Jake was hired on as the GM and head winemaker for the custom crush portion of the business. Following a year of leading the 27,000 case production team for Wineworks, Jake transitioned on into the role of Vineyard Manager and head consultant for the clients of Wineworks. Beginning in 2018 Jake is consulting independently within the Monticello AVA as Jake Busching & Associates in addition to cultivating his own label, Jake Busching Wines, a private brand of hand selected grapes grown and made into wine at Michael Shaps Wineworks in Charlottesville.