Mike Canney, Owner
Mike is a successful entrepreneur, having started and managed eight successful companies from the ground up. He started his first several companies while in college over 30 years ago, while earning degrees in Physics and Math, he also received an MBA. He started his most successful company in 1997, Intelligence Data Systems, which became the fastest growing technology company in Virginia and one of the fastest growing privately held companies in the United States. Mike sold IDS in 2005 to L3 Communications, and started Sunset Hills Vineyard. At Sunset Hills, Mike is working to make our winery the best on the East Coast for wine quality and customer satisfaction. When not working, Mike enjoys world travel, photography, bicycling, boating, and driving race cars.
Diane Canney, Owner
After a successful career in the Intelligence field, Diane assisted Mike in the renovation and interior design of the 1870 historic barn working with the Amish and other contractors during the construction. She has filled the barn with historical antiques, which add to the elegant ambiance of the barn and showcase its Civil War history and Amish renovations. At Sunset Hills, Diane is responsible for the customer focus and the look and feel of the farm and tasting room, as well as the design of the wine labels. Her hobbies include painting, photography, distance swimming and painting wine glasses.
Corry Craighill, Winemaker
After graduating from UVA in 2011, it was Corry’s love of travel that first led her to the wine industry. She soon found herself working the harvest in far off places like New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, and France, with a few closer to home in Oregon and Virginia. She called both King Family and Blenheim Vineyards in Charlottesville home for a while, working harvests and spending time in the lab learning the ins and outs on winemaking, but it was her stretch in Oregon that showed her this wasn’t just a job, but a way of life. Although she’s been tempted by opportunities in Sonoma, CA, her desire to start her career as a winemaker in her home state of Virginia has kept her planted close to home. It excites her that Virginia is still in the early experimental phase of winemaking, and she really believes in the quality of wine that can be crafted here. Outside of the cellar, Corry earned her WSET Level 3 certification and looks forward to continuing her wine studies. If she’s not drinking a Virginia Chardonnay, you’ll most likely find her with a glass of Pinot Noir in her hand. When she’s not in the cellar, she’s likely out hiking, playing her cello or gone for a run.
Corrigan Herbert, Vineyard Manager
Corrigan grew up in the Finger Lakes region of New York, where she was first impressed by the beauty of vineyards. When she was in college, studying French, she realized she longed to be outdoors more, in a position where she could combine the culture and romanticism that she was getting from her French studies, with the wide open spaces and scientific reasoning of agriculture. That's when she discovered viticulture and it became her passion almost overnight. She has since graduated with a degree in Viticulture and Enology at the top of her class from Cornell University. Corrigan has worked in vineyards on both the East and West coasts and has experience in vineyard research. Corrigan believes that the many challenges posed by East coast climates prove that the successful wines grown and made here are made with a special kind of grit and determination and therefore she can appreciate all the hard work that goes in to every bottle a little more. She enjoys Riesling from the Finger Lakes and Sunset Hills’ Cabernet Franc. Outside of the vineyard she enjoys hiking with her dog, baking, and gardening.
Emily Karadak, Wedding & Events Coordinator
An Ohio native, Emily has always had a passion for events. After attaining her degree in Hospitality Management and Tourism with a focus on Meeting and Event Planning, she began working in various roles learning everything there is to know about having a perfect event. Her path led her to a highly regarded wedding and event planning organization where she was initially brought on to assist with weddings. Not long after, she became an event planner with the company and was organizing and executing her own events. Emily absolutely loves working with couples to make their dream wedding vision come to life and looks forward to serving the couples of 50 West Vineyards in beautiful Loudoun County wine country. When she’s not pouring over event details and brainstorming beautiful ideas, Emily loves to ride her large fur-baby, Floyd, an off the track thoroughbred horse. She also loves cheering on Ohio State with her husband, Kyle, and discovering new Virginia wines.