Trump Says He Owns One Of The Largest Wineries In The U.S., But He Doesn't

A fact-check of the president's vino claim.

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At Tuesday's news conference at Trump Tower, the president was asked about the weekend's violence in Charlottesville, Virginia. Shortly after saying that some "very fine people" marched with the white supremacists and neo-Nazis and reiterating his much criticized position that both white supremacists and the counter-protesters who turned up to oppose them were somehow equivalently "bad" or violent," the president took a question about his plans to visit Charlottesville. His response?

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"Does anyone know I own a house in Charlottesville ... it is the winery ... I own actually one of the largest wineries in the United States."

Asked if he plans to go to Charlottesville following last weekend's violence, Pres. Trump says he owns winery there

— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics)

Let's break that down.

Trump was referring to Trump Winery, which he took over after the Kluge family, which previously owned and ran it, defaulted on bank loans. The saga of how he acquired it is fascinating (and you can ) and there's an (above). But his claim about owning it? That's false according to the winery itself, whose :

Trump Winery is a registered trade name of Eric Trump Wine Manufacturing LLC, which is not owned, managed or affiliated with Donald J. Trump, The Trump Organization or any of their affiliates.
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And as for the statement about it being one of the largest wineries in the United States, that's also not true. In fact, it's not even one the largest wineries on the East Coast.

Trump Winery
A bottle of Trump Winery blanc de blancs sparkling wine
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Politifact found . Trump Winery has and makes about . But the Finger Lakes's Wagner Vineyards Estate Winery , Pindar Vineyards on Long Island's North Fork has .

The largest winery in the world, though, is E. & J. Gallo, which has more than .

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